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Muppets: The Green Album

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The MOST Celebrational, Tributational, Compilational NEW album from today's MOST Sensational artists! Chock-full of 12 new versions of favorite classic Muppets songs performed by contemporary rock and alternative artists. Muppets The Green album follows in the footsteps created by Nightmare Revisited and Almost Alice where contemporary artists put their unique sound to memorable Disney franchises. This time artists such as OK-GO, Weezer and My Morning Jacket will revisit some of The Muppets classics like: Rainbow Connection, It's Not Easy Being Green and The Muppets Show Theme and more! Sure to be a favorite album of the summer, enjoy this evergreen classic in the making!
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Product Details

  • Audio CD (August 23, 2011)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Walt Disney Records
  • ASIN: B002YICN7O
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (79 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #75,618 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Reasons to buy THE GREEN ALBUM:

- You grew up watching THE MUPPET SHOW and you have a bit of a nostalgic streak.

- You smiled and laughed throughout the preview to the forthcoming movie THE MUPPETS.

- You've always felt that Muppets instantly make everything more fun.

- You own anything with a Muppet on it.

- You are already a fan of any of the bands that make an appearance on THE GREEN ALBUM.

- You are open minded enough to listen to a few hipster/indie rock style interpretations of your childhood memories.

- You are traditional enough to appreciate that most of these songs are played relatively straight.

- You think you can forgive OK GO for possibly effing up the opening track by making it too weird.

- You like the idea of a compilation/tribute album of cover songs from a thirty-five year old puppet show being able to stand on its own as an album - only a few songs are chained to The Muppet Show here, the others could make it on their own in the world if they wanted to.

- You're still looking for "the rainbow connection" - the lovers, the dreamers, Kermit, and you...or maybe you've found it, in which case you might also be picking up a copy of the new Barbra Streisand album that was released today.
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I'm not going to do a music review, I'm just going to say that owning this album makes me happy. Listening to this album makes me happy. It's silly and wonderful and it makes me just...you guessed it... happy. If you're one of the many who grew up watching the Muppet Show, you will enjoy these new takes on old childhood classics.
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This is a fun little collection of cover songs, but ultimately there was only one song on the album that I felt was comparable in quality to the original. Weezer re-imagines Rainbow Connection as a duet, which ends up working pretty well. The rest of the songs just don't have the same magic or energy as the original Muppet versions. I don't know if that speaks poorly of the bands involved or if it's just a testament to the care that went into the movies. There were also a few songs that I really wish were included, most notably "Can You Picture That?" from The Muppet Movie.

The Green Album is definitely worth a listen, but not necessarily a full-price purchase.
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This isn't the first time the Muppets have been covered by other bands, from cheap bargain bin bands to groups that made them into hits, but this album reinvents these classic Muppet songs in a way that feels fresh but still loyal to the original song. Each band/performer on the album isn't just phoning it in. There is remarkable talent displayed on many of these songs. Weezer does a really heartfelt "Rainbow Connection" with Hayley Williams, the Alkaline Trio does a toe tapping "Moving Right Along", Brandon Saller from Atreyu does a super hard rock version of Electric Meyhem's "Night Life", Sondre Lerche (who I had never heard of before until this album) won me over with "Mr. Bassman"... The point is, every song on this album has something to offer. I am not always in the mood for every song here due to the wide range of styles, but song for song this is probably one of the best albums I've ever bought. Every time I listen to it I hear something new that broadens my appreciate for it.
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Over all, I like the album - but not necessarily all the songs. I'm a fan of having popular groups do alternative versions of songs like this - but some of these are a bit too much for me. For instance the first one - the Muppet Show Theme song by Ok Go. I actually thought I had a bad download at first, but then I figured out that it was suppose to sound that way. Anyway - I'm happy with my purchase and that I was able to download the digital version of the album in addition to getting the physical CD.
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"The Green Album," a collection of Muppets songs performed by modern indie rock bands, could have gone either way - it had the potential to be a playful, wonderful homage, or a horrific experiment in poor taste and bad marketing. Thanks largely to some very talented musicians, I'm happy to say it's mostly on the wonderful, playful side.

I grew up on the Muppets. I have quite a soft spot for Kermit, Fozzie, Animal, Gonzo, and especially those old curmudgeons Statler and Waldorf. These songs and this music are as familiar to me as the books I read and re-read, as hopeful as the comfort of a darkened theatre as the opening credits of a movie come up. Which presents a challenge - for people like me, how to make this music fresh and keep those feelings intact?

The answer is get some musicians who clearly feel much the same way and let them run with it. OK Go clearly had a lot of fun with the opening track, the Muppets theme song. Weezer and Hayley Williams (lead singer of Paramore) manage to pump new life into the tried-and-true "Rainbow Connection." The Fray lends a whimsical note to "Mahna Mahna."

And perhaps my personal favorite (because she's one of my favorite modern singers), Rachael Yamagata closes the album perfectly with a soulful, tender performance of "I'm Going To Go Back There Someday."

Alkaline Trio, Amy Lee of Evanescence, the Airborne Toxic Event... the list keeps going and each band lends their own flavor to the song they chose. With only a few exceptions, it's a mix that works well. Most of the songs come out sounding fresh and fun and modern, but with a hint of nostalgia in each.
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