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Could have been better,
This review is from: Buffy The Vampire Slayer: Radio Sunnydale (Audio CD)
The new Buffy CD would be fine, if it was not dominated by post-grunge-inspired music, which is mostly lacking in originality. Much of what earned the first soundtrack its fame was its choosing of original music that defined Buffy the Vampire Slayer's atmosphere. The fact that the first season's "Ballad for Dead Friends" was not on the first album worked to its advantage, given the lame lyrics. Why this song was chosen for here, however, is an enigma, for they wanted to have songs from the first few episodes, what about those songs in the Bronze in the very first episode? Or the music of Cibo Matto, heard in the first episode of the second season? And the new version of the theme song can induce headaches for its heavy reliance on the electric guitar.
This CD chose too much happy or teenage-angst songs, and ones not easily found in the show. There are a few good songs on here, like Aimee Mann's "Pavlov's Bell" and Sarah McLachlan's "Prayer of Saint Francis," but missing are the dozens of songs used in the series that are more suitable than Joey Ramone or Blur, both of which sound completely alike. If this CD is to represent seasons 5-7, what about all those songs from "Smashed" and "Tabula Rasa?" Buffy's atmosphere was not often up-beat, and rarely did it feel as teeny-bopper as much of this album, shown by Nikka Costa's disco music. The show was, at one time anyway, dark and at the same time humorous. Many of the first album's songs were identifiable and locatable in the series, but these, with few exceptions, are so alike that it is difficult to imagine where in the show they would have fit. But perhaps that is the problem. After Buffy left high school, little time was dedicated to the Bronze, and even less to the performing artists, giving original talents and their music less exposure.
What is needed at this point is another album that pulls more from the earlier seasons and less from the last two, as well as an album dedicated to the real soundtrack of Buffy, the orchestrations. "Final Flight" was a wonderful addition and suitable for the final track, but it stands out as being the only orchestral contribution, a flaw that badly needs fixing. Buffy throughout its entire run had ample music to fill an entire CD. It might be less "trendy" but it would convey the spirit of Buffy more than a collection of random songs slapped together (its writing may have gone downhill at the end, but the music remained top notch). This album feels like the music industry's attempt to capitalize on whatever Buffy fans remain, giving them something quickly produced, in order to make a bit more money. They producers just didn't seem to pay enough attention to this album's selections. There are about five or six songs that make this album worth buying, but it could have been better, given what the seven seasons had to work with.
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Initial post: Mar 24, 2008, 10:12:48 PM PDT
Excellent review! I sure would enjoy seeing a playlist of the songs and who did them. Many were quite good. SilverWhiskers
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