Music from the O.C.: Mix 2

Music from the O.C.: Mix 2

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Like college radio in decades gone by, hipster TV shows are fast becoming an outlet for underground bands. Foremost among these with-it series is Fox's fetching The O.C., which in its first season spawned its first soundtrack, jam-packed with alt-rock hits from Phantom Planet (the title theme), Jet, and Doves. The show's second…  See more details below


Like college radio in decades gone by, hipster TV shows are fast becoming an outlet for underground bands. Foremost among these with-it series is Fox's fetching The O.C., which in its first season spawned its first soundtrack, jam-packed with alt-rock hits from Phantom Planet (the title theme), Jet, and Doves. The show's second audio companion offers a broad spectrum of contemporary left-of-the-dial artists, from the spooked folk of Jonathan Rice's "So Sweet" to the Killers' irresistible "Smile Like You Mean It," which suggests '80s college radio faves like the Cure or the Chameleons; from Death Cab for Cutie's touching acoustic ballad "A Lack of Color" to Interpol's "Specialist," which updates Joy Division's gloom with a post-millennial punch. A handful of newcomers also make a vibrant impression, including Patrick Park (the twang-laced "Something Pretty") and Dios Malos (the subdued, Neil Young–esque "You Got Me All Wrong"). Other tracks will be hard for O.C. acolytes to separate from the scenes in which they appeared, such as the Super Furry Animals' effusive "Hello Sunshine," redolent of CSNY harmonies (geeky Seth and popular Summer's first under-the-sheets experience) or Nada Surf's rockist cover of O.M.D.'s emotive ballad "If You Leave" (Seth and ex-girlfriend Anna's parting scene at the airport). The same is true for Jem's sincere but cloying cover of the Wings hit "Maybe I'm Amazed," which mirrors the car-crash appeal of the marriage between the money-obsessed Julie and the power-hungry Caleb. But like The O.C. at its most cringe-worthy, you won't be able to turn this disc off.

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All Music Guide - Heather Phares
More proof that The O.C. wants to wrest the title of "musically hippest TV series" away from The Gilmore Girls comes from The O.C. Mix 2. Granted, Seth, Summer, Ryan, and Marissa's taste in music still isn't nearly as broad or deep as Lorelei, Rory, and Lane's, but Mix 2 is a bigger and better affair than The O.C. Mix 1; at a respectable 16 tracks long, this volume of the soundtrack reflects The O.C.'s increasing focus on music in its second season. This includes the kids getting their own version of Beverly Hills 90210's club the Peach Pit: The Bait Shop, as it's known, features performances from bands like the Killers and the Walkmen, whose "Smile Like You Mean It" and "Little House of Savages," respectively, are two of the album's highlights. Along with the beautifully brooding post-post-punk angst of Interpol's "Specialist," these tracks show a willingness to go beyond the easygoing, slightly wistful alt-pop that dominates The O.C.'s musical aesthetics. But even within this sound, The O.C. Mix 2 stretches the boundaries a bit by mixing tracks like Dios Malos' "You Got Me All Wrong," Super Furry Animals' "Hello Sunshine," and Beulah's "Popular Mechanics for Lovers" in with more expected songs such as Eels' "Saturday Morning" and Death Cab for Cutie's "A Lack of Color." While the majority of the soundtrack is within the confines of the show's trademark sound, most of the songs are decent examples of the styles they represent: Patrick Park's "Something Pretty" and Johnathan Rice's "So Sweet" are pleasant enough singer/songwriter fare for the preteen set, and Keane's "Walnut Tree" shows why so many Coldplay fans also like this band. The soundtrack's only true missteps are its covers: Nada Surf's drippy rendition of OMD's "If You Leave" and Jem's "Maybe I'm Amazed" aren't nearly as fresh or distinctive as some of these artists' other work, to say nothing of the original versions of these songs. Nevertheless, The O.C. Mix 2 does more things right than it does wrong; with any luck, as the show's popularity and audience grows, its musical adventurousness will do the same.

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Product Details

Release Date:
Warner Bros / Wea


  1. Saturday Morning  -  Eels
  2. Hello Sunshine  -  Super Furry Animals
  3. Smile Like You Mean It  -  Killers
  4. A Lack of Color  -  Death Cab for Cutie
  5. Specialist  -  Interpol
  6. Something Pretty  - Patrick Park
  7. You Got Me All Wrong  -  Dios Malos
  8. If You Leave  -  Nada Surf
  9. Big Sur  -  Thrills
  10. Little House of Savages  -  Walkmen
  11. Trouble Sleeping  -  Perishers
  12. So Sweet  - Johnathan Rice
  13. Popular Mechanics for Lovers  -  Beulah
  14. Walnut Tree  -  Keane
  15. Maybe I'm Amazed  -  Jem
  16. Eastern Glow  -  Album Leaf

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Sean Nelson   Background Vocals

Technical Credits

Paul McCartney   Composer
Larry Klein   Composer
Doug McBride   Engineer
Tom Whalley   Executive Producer
Daniel Ryan   Composer
Huw Bunford   Composer
Cian Ciárán   Composer
Guto Pryce   Composer
Gruff Rhys   Composer
Matt Barrick   Composer
Peter Katis   Engineer
Pat Kraus   Mastering
McG   Executive Producer
Peter Bauer   Composer
Beulah   Producer
Paul Maroon   Composer
Alexandra Patsavas   Executive Producer
Andy Green   Producer
Mike Mogis   Producer,Engineer
James Sanger   Producer
Tony Hoffer   Producer
Sam Fogarino   Composer
Jimmy LaValle   Composer,Producer
Henrik Oja   Producer
Pall A. Jenkins   Composer
Chris Walla   Engineer
Ben Gibbard   Composer
Miles Kurosky   Composer,Producer
Perishers   Producer
Patrick Park   Composer
Yoad Nevo   Producer
Jem Griffiths   Producer
Ben Carrigan   Composer
Alan Cullivan   Composer
Johnathan Rice   Composer
Conor Deasy   Composer
Kevin Horan   Composer
Hamilton Leithauser   Composer
Pádraic McMahon   Composer
Chris Keup   Composer
Mark Oliver Everett   Composer
Brandon Flowers   Composer
Mark Stoermer   Composer
Ellen Wakayama   Art Direction
Lori Feldman   Executive Producer
Stephanie Savage   Executive Producer
Thomas Hedlund   Composer
Martin Gustafson   Composer
Josh Schwartz   Liner Notes,Executive Producer
Jónsi   Producer
Walter Martin   Composer

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Music from the O.C.: Mix 2 3.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This CD is not as good as the first one. Unfortunately all the songs and tunes sound so similar, it felt as if its from the same artist. Except a song or two, this CD is no good.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Okay, so yeah, I agree it wasn't as good as the first, but I still like it. Some songs are kinda loud but the other ones are good for falling asleep to. The first CDs songs were more varied than this one, but it's still really good!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago