Buffy The Vampire Slayer: The Album (1999 Television Series) Soundtrack
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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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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"....