Muppets: The Green Album

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Saying that paying tribute to a beloved, time-honored franchise like the Muppets is a daunting task is an understatement. Since the 1976 debut of The Muppet Show, the televised and filmed antics of the lovable, rambunctious puppets found an ever-growing place in the hearts of, well, anyone with a heart. This is typified in the music of The Muppets, a songbook that explores life lessons and experiences through the lens of youthful innocence, joy, and melancholy, untainted by grown-up cynicism or an obvious marketing agenda. Arriving ahead of fall flick The Muppets, Muppets: The Green Album seeks to capture that musical magic for a new generation, calling on contemporary favorites like Weezer, Alkaline Trio, and the ...
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All Music Guide
Saying that paying tribute to a beloved, time-honored franchise like the Muppets is a daunting task is an understatement. Since the 1976 debut of The Muppet Show, the televised and filmed antics of the lovable, rambunctious puppets found an ever-growing place in the hearts of, well, anyone with a heart. This is typified in the music of The Muppets, a songbook that explores life lessons and experiences through the lens of youthful innocence, joy, and melancholy, untainted by grown-up cynicism or an obvious marketing agenda. Arriving ahead of fall flick The Muppets, Muppets: The Green Album seeks to capture that musical magic for a new generation, calling on contemporary favorites like Weezer, Alkaline Trio, and the Airborne Toxic Event. Some tracks hit the mark: for the poignant Emmet Otter's Jug Band Christmas tune "Our World," the spacious drums and yearning vocals of rootsy rockers My Morning Jacket elevate the lesser-known song to an almost hymnal state, while Norwegian indie popster Sondre Lerche conjures up his inner Muppet to deliver a rousing, stripped-down take on the Floyd Pepper and Scooter duet "Mr. Bassman" that brings the Muppet Show to the back porch. Similarly, retro-minded swinger Andrew Bird charms on the classic "Bein' Green" with lilting vocals, delicate strings, and his signature whistling. But on the other end, some of the artistic choices on Muppets: The Green Album leave the listener with a question mark. OK Go step up to the challenge of the Muppet Show theme song, but here the band's irreverence gets lost along the way, turning stiff and mechanical. And while gentle alt-rock hitmakers the Fray are about as unrestrained as they've ever been on the goofy "Mahna Mahna," their version is almost identical to the original. Brandon Saller (Atreyu) and Billy Martin (Good Charlotte) have a similar struggle, embracing the rowdiness of Dr. Teeth & the Electric Mayhem for the Great Muppet Caper's "Night Life," but replacing the boogie with grating riffs. Muppets: The Green Album freshens up the franchise for the newish millennium, and Generation Z listeners will enjoy hearing current artists in this different context, but other listeners may be left reaching for their classic Muppets fare. ~ Chrysta Cherrie
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 8/23/2011
  • Label: Walt Disney Records
  • UPC: 050087149185
  • Catalog Number: 000458292
  • Sales rank: 28,590

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Muppet Show Theme Song - OK Go (2:35)
  2. 2 Rainbow Connection - Hayley Williams (4:00)
  3. 3 Mahna Mahna - The Fray (2:13)
  4. 4 Movin' Right Along - Alkaline Trio (2:33)
  5. 5 Our World - My Morning Jacket (3:05)
  6. 6 Halfway Down the Stairs - Amy Lee (2:25)
  7. 7 Mr. Bassman - Sondre Lerche (2:41)
  8. 8 Wishing Song - The Airborne Toxic Event (2:47)
  9. 9 Night Life - Billy Martin (2:58)
  10. 10 Bein' Green - Andrew Bird (4:10)
  11. 11 I Hope That Something Better Comes Along - Matt Nathanson (2:42)
  12. 12 I'm Going To Go Back There Someday - Rachael Yamagata (4:17)
  13. 13 [CD-ROM Track]
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Kevin O'Donnell Drums
Andy Ross Group Member
Ducky Carlisle Percussion
Mike Viola Background Vocals, Tack Piano, Guitar (Nashville)
Andrew Bird Guitar, Violin, Vocals
Jim James Group Member
Two-Tone Tommy Group Member
Ron Lowry Cello
Carl Broemel Group Member
Damian Kulash Jr. Group Member
Tim Nordwind Group Member
Dan Konopka Group Member
Sondre Lerche Bass, Guitar, Vocals
Chris Scruggs Bass, Lap Steel Guitar
Aaron Tap Background Vocals
Brandon Saller Bass, Drums, Keyboards, Vocals
Dan Eisenberg Piano, Hammond B3
Bo Koster Group Member
Patrick Hallahan Group Member
Allison Allport Harp
William Tyler Guitar
Kato Ådland Banjo
Blake Mills Guitar
Michael Rosenbloom Violin
Mr. Bassman Banjo
Jean Haig Viola
Jerry Vejmola Oboe
Lindsey Martin Vocals
Tim Mayer Flute, Alto Flute
Billy Martin Bass, Guitar, Vocals
Ashley Saller Vocals
Dravyn Martin Vocals
Colin Davis Violin
Amy Lee Organ
Technical Credits
Johnny Cymbal Composer
Jim Henson Composer
Matt Allison Producer
Kenny Ascher Composer
Stephen Marcussen Mastering
Mark Nevers Engineer
Joe Raposo Composer
Paul Williams Composer
Paul Ahlstrand String Arrangements
Ducky Carlisle Engineer
Piero Umiliani Composer
Sam Pottle Composer
Mike Viola Arranger, Producer
Warren Huart Producer, Engineer
Ryan Williams Producer, Engineer
Andrew Bird Producer
Pete Min Producer
A.A. Milne Composer
Dani Markman Executive Producer
Simon Milne Composer
Will Hunt Programming, Producer, Engineer
OK Go Producer
Jim James Producer
Sondre Lerche Arranger, Producer
Andrew Lurie Management
Brandon Saller Arranger
Mark Weinberg Producer
The Fray Producer
J.J. Wiesler Engineer
Shawn Everett Engineer
Paul Tracey Composer
Jake Sinclair Engineer
Mikel Jollett Producer
Billy Martin Arranger
Harold Fraser Composer
Amy Lee Producer, Engineer
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