Under the Influence of Alice: Music Inspired by the Classic Tale [Barnes & Noble Exclusive]
Under the Influence of Alice: Music Inspired by the Classic Tale collects 12 disparate cuts inspired in one way or another by Lewis Carroll's iconic 1865 fantasy novel Alice's Adventures in Wonderland. Beginning appropriately with Jefferson Airplane's "White Rabbit," which is followed immediately by a capable but forgettable cover of Tom Petty's "Don't Come Around Here No More" by indie soul singer/songwriter David Moore, Under the Influence leaps genres like an Olympic hurdler, leaving a vapor trail of goth punk (the Cure, Sisters of Mercy), alternative rock (Flaming Lips, Jesus and Mary Chain), celebrity pop (Scarlett Johansson), and English folk (Incredible String Band) that dutifully mimics the sensation of falling down the rabbit hole.
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Performance CreditsAndy Anderson Drums
Martin McCarrick Strings
Anne Stephenson Strings
David Moore Vocals
Ginny Hewes Strings
Adam Rubenstein Guitar,Mandolin
John David Webster Keyboards
Technical CreditsRobin Williamson Composer
Flaming Lips Composer
Grace Slick Composer
Tom Waits Composer
Andrew Eldritch Composer
Steven Severin Arranger,Direction
Robert Smith Arranger,Composer,Producer,Direction
Declan MacManus Composer
Lol Tolhurst Composer
Emilie Simon Composer
John David Webster Producer
Clare Muldaur Manchon Composer
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The first song on this compilation, the classic "White Rabbit" by Jefferson Airplane, is the best, and it's all downhill from there. Most of the other selections must have seemed like good ideas, but they don't really grab my ears. The performers are mostly solid musicians, but this isn't their best material. The Elvis Costello number, "Deep Dark Truthful Mirror," placed near the end, helps hold the whole thing together, but it doesn't rescue it. Thankfully this is a fairly cheap CD, so I don't feel that I totally wasted my money. I think it may work as background music when I'm doing studio work.
Although I feel like "White Rabbit" should have come a little later in the album, I enjoyed it thoroughly. It's a good example of how many different perspectives and interpretations there are of Lewis Carroll's work. I listen to a lot of Classic Rock and even though there's a fair percentage of newer stuff on here, I liked it. Like CheeryTomato, I use this as background music while I'm working, but I enjoy the album on its own too. Lots of the "Music Inspired by [blank]" albums are, from my experience, boring or even painful to listen to. But this was a really good buy.
I bought this CD b/c I'm on an Alice In Wonderland kick. BUT I feel like it's missing it's "muchness." I mixed it on a playlist on my iPod with "Almost Alice" from the movie, and the two CD's blend beautifully. However, standing on its own, this CD is just okay. I hate the Elvis Costello song, but love the ScarJo one. The best one is the Jefferson Airplane track of course! The Cure and Sisters of Mercy make nice additions as well.
Great tracks old and new, some old and new faces appear on the CD, and it was worth the money spent.