Charmed

Charmed

4.8 6
by J. Peter Robinson
     
 
Although Charmed is one of the more otherworldly series on network television, the latest in its series of soundtrack albums is peppered with a good number of decidedly earthy tunes, courtesy of women every bit as bewitching as the show's stars. The Donnas kick things off with "Take It Off," a flirty and ferocious ode to boy watching, a mood that Liz Phair

Overview

Although Charmed is one of the more otherworldly series on network television, the latest in its series of soundtrack albums is peppered with a good number of decidedly earthy tunes, courtesy of women every bit as bewitching as the show's stars. The Donnas kick things off with "Take It Off," a flirty and ferocious ode to boy watching, a mood that Liz Phair furthers with her punchy "Take a Look." A few of the better-known tracks on Book of Shadows appear here in revamped form, from the simmering, sensual revamp of Ashlee Simpson's "Pieces of Me" (remixed by David Garcia) to the ether infusion that longtime Beastie Boys collaborator Dan the Automator lends to Sarah McLachlan's "Fallen." Some of the disc's most intriguing music, however, comes from its lesser-known names -- notably Shivaree's slinky, jazz-tinged "I Close My Eyes." The phrase may not get tossed around as often as it used to, but you'd be hard pressed to find a better manifestation of girl power.

Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Johnny Loftus
Like most WB programs, Charmed often serves as a cross-marketing platform for those wily folks at the WB. Most episodes begin with a typically middle-of-the-road adult alternative track, and there's usually a few moments for music in between all the vanquishing of baddies and gratuitous ganders at Alyssa Milano's beguiling figure. Piper Halliwell Holly Marie Combs even owned a nightclub for the first few seasons, a noncoincidence that allowed the Charmed Ones to enjoy show-closing miniconcerts by demographically friendly artists. Charmed compiles 11 songs that have appeared on the program into a soundtrack of sorts, though there's no real tie-in beyond the Halliwell sisters' cheesecake cover photo. In actuality, Charmed is just a milky collection of light modern rock from a mixture of heavyweights and hopefuls. Third Eye Blind and Smash Mouth get some exposure for their latest singles; the Flaming Lips naturally steal the show with the impossibly gorgeous "Do You Realize." The sultry groove of Goldfrapp's "Strict Machine" is the boldest bit here, but even here there's a serious nod to accessibility. The real standout is from newcomer Rachael Yamagata, whose darkly beautiful "Worn Me Down" is the perfect potion for making Charmed fans purchase her self-titled PrivateMusic EP. The comp does make the concession of including Love Spit Love's theme song version of the Smiths' "How Soon Is Now?," eliminating netherworld searches for the Craft soundtrack.

Product Details

Release Date:
09/23/2003
Label:
Rca
UPC:
0828765213028
catalogNumber:
52130

Tracks

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Peter Robinson   Primary Artist

Technical Credits

Tony Fredianelli   Composer
Dave Fridmann   Composer
Matthew Gerrard   Composer
R.J. Jones   Composer
Johnny Marr   Composer
Morrissey   Composer
Shelly Peiken   Composer
Andy Stochansky   Composer
Nick Batt   Composer
Wally Gagel   Composer
Will Gregory   Composer
Michael Ivins   Composer
Wayne Coyne   Composer
Steven Drozd   Composer
Arion Salazar   Composer
Brad Hargreaves   Composer
Stuart Cable   Composer
Greg Camp   Composer
Kelly Jones   Composer
Goldfrapp   Composer
David Marley   Composer
Vanessa Carlton   Composer
Rachael Yamagata   Composer

Customer Reviews

Average Review:

Write a Review

and post it to your social network

     

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

See all customer reviews >

Charmed 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
My first impression? "What have they DONE?!" The "Charmed" soundtrack is a collection of songs that will mainly appear in Season 6, which starts on September 28, 2003. So, needless to say, I recognized very few of the songs. However, I must say the CD is really growing on me. It's an eclectic collection of songs that will really please any fan. 1. "Hot" by Smash Mouth - What a FABULOUS way to start off the album - with a song that makes you want to get up and dance!! 2. "Danger" by Third Eye Blind - This song showcases a strangely retro/rock sound, vaguely reminiscent of a generic song released in the 80s and re-vamped rock-style for the year 2003. 3. "Strict Machine" by Goldfrapp - With its infectious bass-line and techno-sounds, this song - with its haunting vocals - is a great addition to the album. 4. "Maybe Tomorrow" by Stereophonics - Starting slow and sultry, with it's guitar and drums, we're greeted by the raspy voice of the lead singer, which definitely gives this song character. 5. "Rinse" by Vanessa Carlton - This is my FAVORITE song on the album. This is an absolutely BEAUTIFULLY haunting and mesmerizing song that reminds us that while "Charmed" may be a show about witches, first and foremost it is a show about women. 6. "I Can't Take It" by Andy Stochansky - Another vaguely reminiscent song of the 80s, with it's hard hitting drum line and frequently changing tempo. 7. "Worn Me Down" by Rachel Yamagata - This song features a very different sound. It verges on the edge of Annie Lenox, with a moderately fast tempo. 8. "Do You Realize" by The Flaming Lips - This song sounds to me as it if could have come from an old Beatles album. It almost sounds like it could have been a sing-a-long song, with its "chorus" of voices singing certain parts. 9. "New Favorite Thing" by Balligomingo - This song offers a breath of fresh air to the album, with Lucy Woodward offering her pop-ish style and very light and beautiful vocals. 10. "Rainbow In The Sky" by Ziggy Marley - Okay, it's Ziggy Marley - need I say more?? This song an absolutely wonderful reggae song. 11. "How Soon Is Now?" by Love Spit Love - This is the theme song from the show. Most listeners will listen and say, "Did they do a re-mix for the show?" And the answer is, "No". They simply took this song and spliced it to the theme we have now. This song sums up the entire show in 9 simple words - "I am human and I need to be loved..." This album certainly has something for everyone, and is a great way for new bands to get themselves heard. I highly suggest this album for "Charmed" fans and those who just have an eclectic taste for music. Hope you enjoy it as much as I am!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
i got this cd recently for my birthday and i think that its the best cd ever! this cd has awsome songs and i just love it!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
The Charmed Soundtrack is finally here for fans of the WB network's popular show about witch sisters. The album features an interesting collection of songs which capture the fun and suspenseful spirit of the show. Smash Mouth's "Hot" offer a poppy, playful tune reminiscent of the show's sense of humor, Goldfrapp's "Strict Machine" is ethereal and haunting, while Rachel Yamagata and Vanessa Carlton add their own brand girl power. The Flaming Lips' "Do you realize" and Love Spit Love's cover of The Smiths' "How soon is now" complete the dramatic aura of the album. Overall the record is enjoyable and interesting like the show itself.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Best CD ever!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is an awesome cd from Charmed and it's the best show, too!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This CD Rocks I Love All The Songs