Songs from Dawson's Creek, Vol. 2

Songs from Dawson's Creek, Vol. 2

     
 

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As teen drama Dawson's Creek enters its fourth season, the show's producers have assembled a follow-up to the popular Songs from Dawson's Creek, which introduced teen fans to Paula Cole, Sixpence None the Richer, and

Overview

As teen drama Dawson's Creek enters its fourth season, the show's producers have assembled a follow-up to the popular Songs from Dawson's Creek, which introduced teen fans to Paula Cole, Sixpence None the Richer, and Sophie B. Hawkins. Comprised of predominantly newer artists, Volume 2 is sure to strike a chord with the show's loyal viewers. There's a little something for everybody: Total Request Live fanatics can drink in Jessica Simpson's smash pop hit "I Think I'm in Love with You," scruffy skate-punks will head-bop to Wheatus' punk-pop gem "Teenage Dirtbag," and alt-country fans can hum along to the Jayhawks' jangly "I'm Gonna Make You Love Me." Other standout tracks include "Givin' up on You" from dramatic chanteuse Lara Fabian, the infectious power-pop nugget "If I Am" from Nine Days, the soaring "Broken Boys" from onetime classical music prodigy Michal, the ambient folk ditty "Just Another" from Paul Westerberg sound-alike Pete Yorn, and a solo piano cover of the Monkees' hit "Daydream Believer" by newcomer Mary Beth Maziarz that's sure to give Vonda Shepherd a run for her money. The wide range of music on this sequel is sure to please Dawson, Joey, Pacey, and the rest of the gang -- not to mention their fans.

Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
Songs From Dawson's Creek, paced by the already established hits "I Don't Want to Wait" (Paula Cole) and "Kiss Me" (Sixpence None the Richer), not to mention its association with the popular television series, then nearing the end of its second season, was a gold-selling Top Ten hit in the spring of 1999. A year and a half later, Dawson's Creek was still leading off the WB network's Wednesday night lineup, and Songs From Dawson's Creek, Vol. 2 was released the day before the fourth season premiere. Even more than its predecessor, the album is basically a Sony label sampler, baited with a couple of familiar songs (notably, lead-off track "I Think I'm in Love With You" by Jessica Simpson), but primarily devoted to gaining exposure for developing acts on the rosters of Sony's various imprints. Among the likelier ones are a few performers already gaining attention for their debut efforts: Evan and Jaron's "Crazy for This Girl" was getting airplay on adult contemporary radio, and Wheatus had scored a modern rock radio hit with "Teenage Dirtbag" by the album's release date, while Nine Days' "If I Am" was the follow-up single to their hit "Absolutely (Story of a Girl)," and Lara Fabian's "Givin' Up on You" was drawn from the debut album that had previously spawned the dance hit "I Will Love Again." And not every participant was brand new, Shawn Colvin and the Jayhawks counting as veterans. Even if it seems that the album contains one track from practically every new album Sony was promoting in the fall of 2000, there is some justification for the statement in the company's press release accompanying it that "the songs were chosen for their... relationship to the themes of the show." Over and over, the songs express youthful attitudes in all their earnestness and naiveté. Love is eternal: "I'm ready to spend the rest of my life with you," sing evan and jaron; the Jayhawks add, "We're gonna stay together for a million years"; and Nine Days reassure, "I will never leave you." Five for Fighting, meanwhile, depicts teen angst in "Superman," plaintively whining, "It's not easy to be me." Even Wheatus, with a good deal less sincerity, sets "Teenage Dirtbag" at the prom, and Mary Beth Maziarz's cover of the Monkees' "Daydream Believer" refers to "a homecoming queen." The music for these songs tends toward catchy, guitar-dominated pop
ock, though the compilers, true to the TV show's early theme, "I Don't Want to Wait," have included several piano ballads with female vocals, no doubt hoping that "Givin' Up on You," "Daydream Believer," or Colvin's "Never Saw Blue Like That" can replace it in listeners' hearts. And maybe one of them will, but if not, there are other commercial possibilities here and plenty of music that's right for the Dawson's Creek demographic. (One of a dwindling number of releases with CD-ROM multimedia content, the CD features a screensaver and an uplink to the Dawson's Creek website.)

Product Details

Release Date:
04/01/2008
Label:
Sbme Special Mkts.
UPC:
0886972478128
catalogNumber:
724781
Rank:
124334

Tracks

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Shawn Colvin   Track Performer
Jayhawks   Track Performer
Jeremy Lubbock   Conductor
Train   Track Performer
Jessica Simpson   Track Performer
Five for Fighting   Track Performer
Evan & Jaron   Track Performer
Lara Fabian   Track Performer
Jessica Andrews   Track Performer
Splender   Track Performer
Nine Days   Track Performer
Michal   Track Performer
Wheatus   Track Performer
Pete Yorn   Track Performer

Technical Credits

Jeremy Lubbock   String Arrangements
Ed Ackerson   Engineer
Dae Bennett   Engineer
Bradley Cook   Engineer
Don DeVito   Producer
Nick DiDia   Producer,Engineer
Bob Ezrin   Producer
John Fields   Programming,Producer,Engineer
Byron Gallimore   Producer
Mick Guzauski   Engineer
Jay Healy   Engineer
Ross Hogarth   Engineer
Julian King   Engineer
Patrick Leonard   Producer
Brian Scheuble   Engineer
Dan Shea   Producer
Rick "Soldier" Will   Engineer
Glen Brunman   Producer
Mark Endert   Producer,Engineer
Glen Marchese   Engineer
Mike Piersante   Engineer
Denise Luiso   Producer
Blair Sutherland   Engineer
Mary Beth Maziarz   Producer
Robb Williams   Engineer
Gregg Wattenberg   Producer,Engineer
Michal Towber   Composer

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