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Buffy the Vampire Slayer: The Album
     

Buffy the Vampire Slayer: The Album

 
Buffy has been the WB's darling ever since she helped jettison the network into the mainstream. Compared to other WB shows that rival Buffy for most popular spot -- Dawson's Creek and Felicity -- Buffy uses music in a relatively subtle way. There are never spots at the end of the show noting the music you heard during that episode. There

Overview

Buffy has been the WB's darling ever since she helped jettison the network into the mainstream. Compared to other WB shows that rival Buffy for most popular spot -- Dawson's Creek and Felicity -- Buffy uses music in a relatively subtle way. There are never spots at the end of the show noting the music you heard during that episode. There has been an occasional band at The Bronze and songs do turn up during the dramatic moments. So it's not surprising that the album Buffy the Vampire Slayer is comprised mostly of music with a dramatic tempo. All of the bands could be vaguely categorized as alternative music -- with the exception of bluegrass darlings Alison Krauss & Union Station. There are several big hitters, including Garbage and the Sundays, but many of the bands here are relatively unknown, but with a radio-friendly, familiar sound. Bif Naked's "Lucky" is a ballad compared to her recent breakthrough hit, and her vocals recall those of Courtney Love. Kim Ferron's "Nothing But You" is an empowerment ditty that could earn her status as the next Paula Cole. Other notables include indie faves Guided by Voices, as well as Nerf Herder and K's Choice. It's doubtful that those listening to the CD would immediately think of the TV program -- unless they were listening to Nerf Herder's theme song -- but there are some catchy tunes ready to be heard blasting from the rooms of those who wish they could the next Willow or Xander.

Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Buffy the Vampire Slayer is the ultimate cult television series of the '90s, eclipsing even The X-Files in some ways, because it's about teenagers and demons -- the perfect subjects for cult audiences. Like most cult shows, Buffy built up its audience steadily over several seasons, reaching some sort of critical mass in 1999, as it launched a spin-off series in Angel, and its stars -- Sarah Michelle Gellar, David Boreanaz, Seth Green, and Alyson Hannigan -- became inescapable, appearing in the movies and on magazine covers. If any further proof of Buffy reaching a zenith in 1999 was needed, there is the fact that a soundtrack was released in the fall of that year, as well. Appropriately, almost everything on the album matches either the gothic atmosphere of the show or its indie cred. Unlike most TV soundtracks, there isn't an abundance of major artists here -- only Garbage, the Sundays, and (inexplicably) Alison Krauss, plus such cult sensations as Guided by Voices and Face to Face jump out among the 18 tracks. That's fine because several of these songs were actually in the TV show -- another thing that separates Buffy from other TV soundtracks. Also, the goth rock of Rasputina, the vague trip-hop of Velvet Chain, the folky pop of Hepburn, the aggressive post-PJ Harvey rock of Furslide, and Bif Naked's singer/songwriter alt-rock all fit the show like a glove. There may be no real standouts on Buffy the Vampire Slayer: The Album, but it creates and maintains a specific mood that matches the show itself, which is a rarity among '90s soundtracks. And that's exactly what a show like this deserves.

Product Details

Release Date:
10/19/1999
Label:
Tvt
UPC:
0016581830028
catalogNumber:
8300

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Alison Krauss   Track Performer
Sundays   Track Performer
Guided by Voices   Track Performer
K's Choice   Track Performer
Chris Beck   Track Performer
Garbage   Track Performer
Bif Naked   Track Performer
Rasputina   Track Performer
Nerf Herder   Track Performer
Black Lab   Track Performer
Velvet Chain   Track Performer
Furslide   Track Performer
Four Star Mary   Track Performer
Hepburn   Track Performer
Black Lamb   Track Performer
Kim Ferron   Track Performer
Splendid   Track Performer

Technical Credits

Carol Farhat   Score Supervisor
Patricia Joseph   Producer
Robin Glowski   Art Direction
Joss Whedon   Executive Producer

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