The Kids of Widney High is special, and not just for the music. The 14 songs here were composed and performed by 13 Los Angeles high school students with physical and mental handicaps. Not all of the kids can carry a tune, and a few have trouble speaking clearly. But thanks in large part to the jazz accompaniment and direction from teacher Michael Monagan, it all works.

”New Car” will make you want to stand up and dance; ”Stand Up and Dance”may make you want to cry, or roll your eyes at the passion of puppy love. But was there ever a high school student who didn’t think up soppy, goopy songs about teen love? The kids of Widney High are no different. That lesson alone is worth the price of this album. B+