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Angel: Live Fast, Die Never [Music from the TV Series]
     

Angel: Live Fast, Die Never [Music from the TV Series]

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Canceled after five seasons, Angel was considered a slightly grown-up version of its sister show, Buffy the Vampire Slayer. The vampire with a soul, Angel, was a tortured, brooding sort of guy who rarely found happiness. This allowed the series to explore the darker side of human and nonhuman nature on an epic scale, thanks to plotlines rife with

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Canceled after five seasons, Angel was considered a slightly grown-up version of its sister show, Buffy the Vampire Slayer. The vampire with a soul, Angel, was a tortured, brooding sort of guy who rarely found happiness. This allowed the series to explore the darker side of human and nonhuman nature on an epic scale, thanks to plotlines rife with evildoers, monsters, demons, and, of course, vampires. That sinister undercurrent is certainly pervasive on Live Fast, Die Never. The disc largely consists of haunting episodic music from the series -- the work of Australian Robert Kral, who took over from first-season composer Christophe Beck. Fans of the show are sure to identify some great moments of Angel just by listening to Kral's music: It's easy to picture the fourth-season episode in which our heroes fight the Beast when hearing the dramatic and sinister "Start the Apocalypse." Performed by the band Darling Violetta, Angel's instantly recognizable opening theme appears in an extended remix. The theme's familiar moaning cello line is backed by a harder rock sound featuring added drums and a new vocal track by singer Cami Ellen. While the album also includes tracks by the electronica-laced Goth band Vast, Andy Hallett (that dashing green-skinned demon Lorne), and Christian Kane (who played evil lawyer Lindsey MacDonald), the highlight is definitely Kim Richey's "A Place Called Home." A mournful, folk-inspired ballad, this song was played over the final scene of the fifth-season episode "A Hole in the World," in which the beloved character Fred (Amy Acker) dies. It makes for a bittersweet and soulful finale for this intriguing audio companion to Angel.

Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Ronnie D. Lankford
For those who can't get enough of Angel, the TV series, Rounder Records has released Live Fast, Die Never, an album comprised of music from the show. Much of the album reminds one of an orchestrated movie soundtrack. Pieces like the emotive "Start the Apocalypse" and the quiet "End of the World" are impressive, but still qualify as the type of music that works best as a backdrop to an appropriate scene. The real fun of the album doesn't really kick in until the last few tracks, when a variety of performers tackle a handful of songs. VAST's "Touched" builds a passionate, dense musical web, while Christian Kane's "LA Song" captures a quieter, folk-rock mood. There's also room for humor with Andy Hallett's "It's Not Easy Being Green," perhaps the oddest lyric ever attached to lounge music, and there's a good cover -- also by Hallett -- of "Lady Marmalade." The album comes to a satisfactory finish with the quiet, haunting "A Place Called Home" by Kim Richey. While some fans may have reservations about leaning toward 50 minutes of theme music, Live Fast, Die Never does offer a nice balance between orchestrated pieces and songs.

Product Details

Release Date:
05/17/2005
Label:
Rounder / Umgd
UPC:
0011661906723
catalogNumber:
619067

Tracks

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Kim Richey   Track Performer
Evan Wilson   Viola
Elin Carlson   Vocals
VAST   Track Performer
Chris Bleth   Clarinet,Flute,Oboe
Robert J. Kral   Synthesizer,Sampling,Track Performer
Christian Kane   Track Performer
Darling Violetta   Track Performer
Andy Hallett   Track Performer

Technical Credits

Holly Knight   Composer,Producer
Bob Crewe   Composer
Kenny Nolan   Composer
Joe Raposo   Composer
Kim Richey   Composer
Jon Crosby   Composer
Cami Elen   Composer
Joss Whedon   Liner Notes,Executive Producer
Bruce Atkinson   Arranger,Producer
Christopher Buchanan   Executive Producer
John Stanley King   Producer,Series Supervision
David Greenwalt   Composer,Producer
Robert J. Kral   Composer,Producer,Engineer,Liner Notes,Engineering
Christophe Beck   Composer
Jymm Thomas   Composer
John King   Producer

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Angel: Live Fast, Die Never [Music from the TV Series] 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
i really love the angel soundtrack because that has been my favorite show since i was like 5 years old and i am now 12. i was suprised the very first time i heard that they made a soundtrack. the music is just really amazing and well played. thank you for making this happen. my life was changed because of the show and the music has just made it better.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This was an awesome tv soundtrack! There are so many terrible tv soundtracks you can pick up out there. This one is worth it! I love the show I love the music...a good buy for any Angel fanatic!
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