By David Browne
July 14, 1995 at 04:00 AM EDT

The onslaught of spring and summer soundtracks is hardly unexpected. What is surprising is the degree of surrealism in this year’s crop. Not only will you hear U2 salute Batman and Annie Lennox serenade the splashdown of a space mission; you’ll find the even more out-there vocal stylings of Kevin Kline, Mel Gibson, and former M*A*S*Her David Ogden Stiers!

Oddly enough, Louis Armstrong and Ella Fitzgerald also pop up, performing entirely different songs about Paris on two summer soundtracks. French Kiss has the feel of a postwar Parisian cabaret, thanks to a French version of ”Dream a Little Dream of Me” by Beautiful South and star Kevin Kline’s turn as a Left Bank crooner on ”La Mer.” An Italian rocker named Zucchero contributes a bad Bolton-Cocker impersonation, but Van Morrison’s elegiac ”Someone Like You” is a classy choice for the lead track. B+

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