- Audio CD (September 24, 2002)
- Original Release Date: March 10, 1997
- Number of Discs: 1
- Format: Soundtrack
- Label: Rounder / Umgd
- ASIN: B00006J3WH
- Average Customer Review: 439 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #28,075 in CDs & Vinyl (See Top 100 in CDs & Vinyl)
Buffy the Vampire Slayer - Once More, with Feeling
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Buffy The Vampire Slayer-Once More With Feeling ~ Soundtrack
While the idea of infusing a weekly TV series with a Broadway musical ethos isn't exactly a new one--think Randy Newman's ambitious Cop Rock--it became something of a turn-of the-century television mini-trend. But few have reached as far--or succeeded--like this November 2001 episode of Fox Network's Buffy the Vampire Slayer. Penned by series creator-producer Joss Whedon and performed by Sarah Michelle Gellar and cast, it's a loving, loopy musical pastiche that takes potshots at everything from Andrew Lloyd Webber to alt-rock. Paralleling the show's lovable pop culture tweaking, the musical styles here (the episode's musical conceit is a curse visited upon Buffy's hometown of Sunnydale) range from a patent footlight chorus of demons being interrupted by Gellar's hard-rocking stake thrusts on "Going Through the Motions" to Spike the Vampire's goth-metal complaint "Rest in Peace," with everything from parking tickets and mustard stain removal to climactic duels with the supernatural getting the Broadway send-up. Also includes strong orchestral score-suites from three other episodes, as well as Whedon and wife Kai Cole's demo for "Something to Sing About." --Jerry McCulley
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However I have to be honest, when just listening to the songs in isolation and not having the images to go with it the singing loses some of its luster. Not all of the cast members have especially strong voices, and that stands out a bit more when just listening to the songs. Also the bonus items of Joss and his wife singing rough versions of the some of the songs is more of an oddity than something you'll ever listen to repeatedly.
These issues don't take away the cleverness and strength of the song and music writing. If you love the episode then there's no reason to not have this!
The songs, punch lines, choregraphy, story lines are really quite good, especially when you consider what a cheesy episode it was set up to be. Then there was the other side, a very serious side, showing the strained relationships and the cracks in their facades that became bigger than Hellhole itself. It really became evident at the end of the episode, after all their secrets had been exposed, that the series was taking a dramatic change and started a whole new type of BVS.
This soundtrack is very Broadway-esquire at times, very rock n roll-ish at other times; very dramatic then very light hearted. You will find yourself toe tapping along with the music, wanting to get up and dance, then feeling like you are floating through a Willow tree! This soundtrack really covers several different genres.
It was also amazing to hear the voices of some of the actors, impressive!!! The depth, the style, the extreme changes to the tempo really showed off their vocal chops, to say the least! And then there were the very few who really weren't endowed with the ability of singing, it was truly impressive how they dealt with that, but didn't exclude them either.
The smartest part of the soundtrack/episode was the traditional ending when the little hand drawn monster went over the Mutant Enemy logo, after the credits, singing the part of "Grrrrr, Arrrrgh"! It was just so perfect how they arranged for the monster to be a part of the soundtrack, nice job!
If you love the Scoobies, then you will really love this soundtrack!!