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Buffy The Vampire Slayer: The Album 1999 Television Series
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Sarah Michelle Gellar may be saving the world from vampires but her TV show is also helping a few worthy bands get some much needed exposure. Dayton, Ohio's ridiculously prolific Guided by Voices lead things off with the playful "Teenage FBI," a strong distillation of the band's knack for the irrepressible hook. The all-femme Hepburn protest in true "Maggie's Farm" fashion (as in "I ain't gonna work on...") for the quickstepping, bubble-gum punk-pop of "I Quit." Bif Naked's arena anthem "Lucky" is perfect for staring at candles. Garbage are in suitably psychedelic glam shades for "Temptation Waits." Rasputina, the gothic cello ensemble, include the appropriate "Transylvania Concubine." The only misstep is from virtual old-timers the Sundays, who deliver a lazy-day version of the Rolling Stones' "Wild Horses." But this is made up for with the inclusion of Nerf Herder's "Buffy" theme song and Christophe Beck's instrumental theme music, which round out this all-inclusive collection. --Rob O'Connor
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The song selection and sequencing of BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER: THE ALBUM is impeccable. From Nerf Herder's hard-rocking instrumental "Buffy the Vampire Slayer Theme" to Christophe Beck's heart-rending original score piece "Close Your Eyes" (which was the recurring love theme for Buffy and Angel), this soundtrack only contains top-notch music. I think this is the number one television soundtrack there is—to me at least, and I have a lot of soundtracks in my collection. Every single track on BTVS: THE ALBUM is an absolute winner.
I can't believe it's been 16 years since I first heard this gem of a soundtrack. I bought it like the day it came out and it's found its way into my player pretty much constantly ever since. I can't put into words how much I love this album. It's been accompanying me for more than half of my life. I vividly remember how it felt like as a teenager to fall in love with Joss Whedon's ingenious creation that is the BUFFY televison series, its often mind-blowing story-telling, its quirky characters and lovely actors, and of course the brilliant music that was featured very prominently on the show from the beginning. As big a fan of the show I was from the very beginning (and still am to this day), you certainly can imagine how happy I was when the soundtrack to my favorite television show came out back in 1999.
I played this CD so often and fell in love with the fantastic songs on it, like "Teenage FBI" by Guided by Voices, The Sunday's beautiful rendition of the Rolling Stones' "Wild Horses," Four Star Mary's "Pain" (although it's the clean version or "Slayer Mix" as they call it) and Rasputina's other-wordly "Transylvanian Concubine," to name just a few of the stand-out tracks. As I said before, every single track on here is a winner. I'm pretty sure that I heard most of the bands that are featured on BTVS: THE ALBUM for the first time on said album. Some bands like Guided by Voices, Four Star Mary and The Sundays became favorites of mine.
BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER: THE ALBUM really is one of my all-time favorite soundtracks and I urge anyone who is interested in alternative rock and indie pop/rock (and may it be only remotely), but has never heard this album, to give it a listen. You most certainly won't be disappointed. Also watch the show as much as you can! I don't think there will ever be anything quite like it. It's brilliant! But I guess if you are on this page, it's more than likely that you already know that.
For almost four years, Buffy the Vampire Slayer has been appealing to early teens. One of its biggest appeals has been the music. This isn't your typical top forty schlock. The fans of the show will tell you its great. What else would you expect?
In fact this is one of the best CDs I purchased in 1999. The only song on the CD that I'm not crazy about is "The Devil You Know"
Some of the songs have a decided link to the show, such as "Transylvania Concubine" and the theme song by Nerf Herder, but even these songs merit listening to.
My personal favorite on the CD is the cover of "Wild Horses" by the Sundays. It is hard to pull off a famous cover song but the Sundays have filled their version with a haunting emotion that Mick Jagger could have never managed.
The CD should appeal to anyone who likes alternative rock and possibly even the adult contemporary crowd who swears the "New Wave" never ended.
On the downside, there are a few songs here I don't recognize from the series 1997 - 1999 episodes, and I had to strike a whole star off the rating because Cibo Matto's trippy-sexy "Sugar Water, Spoon" is nowhere to be found here. Hey, if Willow has the band flyer inside her locker, why no inclusion here? (Hey, I told you I was a nerd).
On the plus side, several of the songs I was looking for, like Rasputina's eerie "Transylvanian Concubine" and The Sundays "Wild Horses" are included. There aren't many rockers (this is a very mellow album) but Nerf Herder's mandatory intro theme, Face to Face's "Devil You Know" and Four Star Mary's "Pain" (Slayer Mix) prevent the album from turning into a Sunday night coffeehouse broodfest. On the other hand, the brooding songs are probably what make the album, as along with "Wild Horses" you've got the excellent "Virgin State of Mind" by K's Claim and "Lucky" by Bif Naked. There are other gems, but it would take a week to break them down song by song. Suffice to say, if you're a Buffy freak (ahem) and you're into alt-rock, especially of the female vocalist persuasion (probably three quarters of the songs have female leads), this is still a must-have album, one that gets better with each listen. I just hope they come out with a "Volume II"....