Our Little Corner of the World: Music from the Gilmore Girls

Our Little Corner of the World: Music from the Gilmore Girls

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Fans of the mother-daughter dramedy The Gilmore Girls will find much to love about the series' tastefully compiled, alt-rock-leaning soundtrack. Direct links to the TV show are many: The disc includes "Where You Lead I Will Follow," the Girls theme song, sung by the mother-daughter team Carole King and Louise Goffin, as well as a new song apiece from

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Fans of the mother-daughter dramedy The Gilmore Girls will find much to love about the series' tastefully compiled, alt-rock-leaning soundtrack. Direct links to the TV show are many: The disc includes "Where You Lead I Will Follow," the Girls theme song, sung by the mother-daughter team Carole King and Louise Goffin, as well as a new song apiece from Grant-Lee Phillips, who has a recurring role as the town troubadour, and the honey-voiced Sam Phillips (no relation), who also contributes the cooing incidental music that's sprinkled throughout. Elsewhere, the set derives its spunk from an A-class list of alt-rockers, from known quantities such as Joey Ramone (a punk pop take on the Louis Armstrong standard "What a Wonderful World"), Björk, XTC, and Yo La Tengo, along with bubbling-under talents such as the Shins (the Kinksian "Know Your Onion!"), the Pernice Brothers (the buoyant "Clear Spot"), and Slumber Party (the dreamy indie-pop "I Don't Mind"). And Gilmore Girls creators-writers Amy Sherman-Paladino and Daniel Paladino (yep, a couple) tip their hats to the old school with nuggets from John Lennon ("Oh My Love," which will soothe the ears of any Elliott Smith fan), Big Star (the always swoon-worthy "Thirteen"), and lesser-knowns the Free Design (the treacle-sweet "I Found Love"). Not only does Our Little Corner of the World make a great companion to one of the boob tube's smartest, best-written shows, but it's also a must-have primer for any alternative music fan.

Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Heather Phares
Even though independent and underground rock and pop play a significant role in the critically acclaimed WB TV show The Gilmore Girls, it's still surprising just how much hip and diverse music is on Our Little Corner of the World: Music From the Gilmore Girls. In fact, the soundtrack -- released in conjunction with the beginning of the show's third season -- feels more like an hour of free-form college radio programming or a mix tape than a prepackaged compilation and rivals film soundtracks like High Fidelity and Trainspotting for the sheer amount of quality, off-the-beaten-path songs it features. The album maintains strong ties to the show that spawned it, featuring a re-recorded version of Carole King and Louise Goffin's theme song for the series, "Where You Lead, I Will Follow"; having a mother-daughter team of renowned singer/songwriters perform the theme to a show about a musically hip mother and daughter is just one of the details that makes the album (and of course, the series) distinctive. Singer/songwriters do indeed play a large part on the soundtrack -- Grant Lee Phillips, who has also appeared on the show, contributes "Smile," and three Sam Phillips songs, including "Tell Her What She Wants to Know," are also featured. But even the songs not specifically tied into the show share its uniqueness: Big Star's "Thirteen," XTC's "I'm the Man Who Murdered Love," and the Shins' "Know Your Onion!" offer different yet related takes on bouncy, bittersweet pop, while the Free Design's "I Found Love" and Claudine Longet's "God Only Knows" are relatively obscure but delightful retro confections. The relatively dark mood cast by Black Box Recorder's "Child Psychology" and "One Line" doesn't quite fit with the sweet, cuddly vibe of the rest of the soundtrack -- exemplified by Joey Ramone's "What a Wonderful World," John Lennon's "Oh My Love," and Yo La Tengo's "My Little Corner of the World" -- but both songs are so good that it's hard to quibble with their inclusion. The soundtrack's emphasis on female artists and female-fronted bands is a plus too, with Elastica's "Car Song," Björk's "Human Behaviour," Slumber Party's "I Don't Mind," and Yoko Ono's "O'Oh" chief among them. Simply put, Our Little Corner of the World is almost too good to be true, and one of the best television soundtracks released in recent memory.
Rolling Stone - Barry Walters
[This disc sounds] more like a mix tape from an incredibly pop-savvy pal than a WB soundtrack.

Product Details

Release Date:
10/01/2002
Label:
Rhino
UPC:
0081227811624
catalogNumber:
78116
Rank:
9995

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Carole King   Piano,Vocals
Carla Azar   Drums
T Bone Burnett   Bass
Grant-Lee Phillips   Guitar,Vocals
Patrick Warren   Harpsichord,chamberlain

Technical Credits

Chris Bell   Composer
Alex Chilton   Composer
Brian Wilson   Composer
Chris Reynolds   Engineer
Hugh Brown   Art Direction
Joe Chiccarelli   Engineer
Sam Phillips   Composer
Ash   Composer
Wally Gagel   Producer
Steve Poltorak   Licensing
Mike Piersante   Engineer
Steve Woolard   Discographical Annotation
Tim Wheeler   Composer
Tony Asher   Composer
Tim Scanlin   Liner Note Coordination
Kim Estlund   Media Consultant
Robert Thiele   Composer

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Our Little Corner of the World: Music from the Gilmore Girls 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 9 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I did not like this album. If you like the show Gilmore Girls do not buy this.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This CD rox! If you love Gilmore Girls you'll love this CD!
Guest More than 1 year ago
wow!! this is a really g%d cd!! but not 4 the musically timid!! lol!! it's really great 4 the kinda ppl who don't have 2 stay within the boundries set by pop radio staions when it comes 2 myoosik!!! not 1 song on here is @ all like another and that's what makes it so great!! and every song u hear on here, (lol) it's like, "yep! that's very gilmore girls!!!" which brings me 2 another point, u won't appreciate it as much if u don't watch the show! then again, u might listen 2 this cd and understand y u have 2 watch this show!! either way, buy this cd!! it's soooooo c%l!! lol!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I thought it represented Gilmore Girls perfectly, Amy Sherman-Palladino and her husband have excellent taste in music and it shows, they are talented people and know how to get the emotions into the show through great writing and great music, I highly recommmend this CD.
Guest More than 1 year ago
ah i looove this CD so much!i! + i want a Dean. =) hehe. soo get this cd because its cool...and gilmore girls are cool...yeah... <3 jackie
Guest More than 1 year ago
in season 1 the episode "forgivness and stuff" when lorelai is decorating the christmas tree in the backkround what is the song that is playing and who is the band preforming please write!!!!!!!!!!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This CD/Soundtrack was amazing. It's even better than I thought it would be. Gilmore Girls is an incredible show let alone the soundtrack. It was great. Anyone who tells you otherwise is out of there minds!!!!!!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Really good, i bought it a barnes and noble and it rocked! totally worth the $. They should make another soundtrack, the music is great! The books are also really good. Grant Lee Phillips is in this and in GG. Too Cool! Me and my sister both bought a copy, its really good. Definitly reccomend to others.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago