Charmed

Charmed

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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 PhairSee more details below

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.

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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

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Peter Robinson   Primary Artist,Indexed Contributor

Technical Credits

Tony Fredianelli   Composer
Greg Calbi   Mastering
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
Mark Fellows   Mastering
Stuart Cable   Composer
Greg Camp   Composer
Kelly Jones   Composer
Goldfrapp   Composer
David Marley   Composer
Vanessa Carlton   Composer
Rachael Yamagata   Composer

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