Veronica Mars

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Barnes & Noble - L.D. Beghtol
Surprisingly adult for the soundtrack to UPN's popular teen drama, this collection of indie/alternative rock tunes featured in the first season of the quirky, svelte Veronica Mars tries hard to keep the quality, and the tempo, uniformly high. More Buffy than Nancy Drew, Veronica Mars (Kristen Bell) is a teen detective who interns at her father's private-detective agency and solves little mysteries for her schoolmates along the way. While sublime pop tunes like "Dakota" by Stereophonics and the Dandy Warhols' theme song, "Used to Be Friends," would probably be hits on their own, excellent songs from lesser-known acts 46 Bliss (the minimalist electronica "The Way You ...
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Barnes & Noble - L.D. Beghtol
Surprisingly adult for the soundtrack to UPN's popular teen drama, this collection of indie/alternative rock tunes featured in the first season of the quirky, svelte Veronica Mars tries hard to keep the quality, and the tempo, uniformly high. More Buffy than Nancy Drew, Veronica Mars (Kristen Bell) is a teen detective who interns at her father's private-detective agency and solves little mysteries for her schoolmates along the way. While sublime pop tunes like "Dakota" by Stereophonics and the Dandy Warhols' theme song, "Used to Be Friends," would probably be hits on their own, excellent songs from lesser-known acts 46 Bliss (the minimalist electronica "The Way You Are") and U.K. punks the Faders ("No Sleep Tonight"), as well as cult faves Spoon, Ivy, and ex–Soul Coughing mainman Mike Doughty keep the roster varied and engaging. Emphasizing singer-songwriter guitar-pop, with a slight experimental bent, this collection beats most anything you'll hear on other teen-oriented TV shows. Compiled by the show's creator, Rob Thomas (not the Matchbox Twenty frontman), to represent the kind of music his fictional So-Cal heroine would actually listen to, the soundtrack brings Veronica to life.
All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
For a hip show about high schoolers, music sure doesn't play a big role in Rob Thomas' cult favorite Veronica Mars. Unlike The O.C., where barely five minutes of screen time pass without Seth Cohen name-dropping some band and where music plays a pivotal role in episodes hey, it's even sold at the end of an episode, nobody on Veronica Mars seems all that interested in music, nor does it ever have much impact in an episode, either. True, the show's budget is smaller than The O.C., so they can't license as many tunes, but Veronica Mars is a bit like Buffy the Vampire Slayer in that it feels like rock & roll should have a bigger part in it than it actually does. Both shows have terrific theme songs -- here, it's the best Dandy Warhols song ever, "We Used to Be Friends," a tale of hipsters falling out of fashion that works perfectly as an anthem for teen outsiders -- and then, after that, it's pretty hit-and-miss. The first soundtrack to Buffy was spectacularly hit-or-miss, seesawing between good indie rock and faceless goth-tinged alt-rock, and the first soundtrack for Veronica Mars, released the day the second season began, is also wildly inconsistent. While it never gets bad, apart from the title track, Spoon's tight indie disco "I Turn My Camera On," and the Faders' approximation of Elastica's swagger on "No Sleep Tonight," nothing really stands out, either. It's a combination of faceless, stylish modern rock from new bands -- most sound like they're trying to fuse Radiohead with Coldplay, although some favor a quiet, introspective mode, such as the Format's hushed, insufferable "On Your Porch" -- and rather tired holdovers from '90s veterans like Soul Coughing's Mike Doughty, Stereophonics, Cotton Mather, and Ivy. Some of this is better than the rest, though most of it fits the image of Veronica Mars, who, it must be said, is never really seen listening to music on the show she does have an iPod and a PowerBook, so she must have some MP3s lurking around somewhere. So, this soundtrack is good enough -- it's not embarrassing, since it does feel like the show, yet it's never as appealing as the show, either. Die-hard fans looking for a souvenir or something to listen to as they speculate endlessly about whether it's Duncan or Logan that showed up at Veronica's door in the season finale will find this adequate, if not exactly compelling, listening.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/27/2005
  • Label: Nettwerk Records
  • UPC: 067003044424
  • Catalog Number: 30444

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 We Used to Be Friends (3:21)
  2. 2 I Hear the Bells (4:19)
  3. 3 I Know I Know I Know (3:44)
  4. 4 I Turn My Camera On - Spoon (3:35)
  5. 5 No Sleep Tonight - Faders, Inc. (2:57)
  6. 6 Dakota (4:58)
  7. 7 Sway - The Perishers (4:21)
  8. 8 Long Time Coming (3:59)
  9. 9 On Your Porch - The Format (5:12)
  10. 10 Ocean City Girl - Ivy (4:25)
  11. 11 Momentary Thing (4:02)
  12. 12 The Way You Are - 46bliss (5:27)
  13. 13 Lost & Found (3:39)
  14. 14 Lily Dreams On (2:47)
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Album Credits

Technical Credits
Mark Taylor Composer
Dan Wilson Composer
Robert Harrison Composer
Alan Byrne Composer
Tom Dunne Composer
Eamoun Ryan Composer
Gavin Lurssen Mastering
Dominique Durand Composer
Joel Silver Executive Soundtrack Producer
Andy Chase Composer
Britt Daniel Composer
Ray Harman Composer
Jack Freudenheim Composer
Cheryl Parker Composer
Kelly Jones Composer
Mike Doughty Composer
Tegan Quin Composer
Sara Quin Composer
Adrienne Pierce Composer
Nate Ruess Composer
Sam Means Composer
Maria Alonte McCoy Audio Production
Courtney Taylor-Taylor Composer
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    I can't stop listening to this soundtrack!

    Love the series and got hooked on the soundtrack after hearing Mike Doughty's "I Hear the Bells" during a Season 2 episode. Every song is great! Rob Thomas is a genius at both creating fantastic characters and finding the perfect songs to go with each scene i.e. "Sway" and "Momentary Thing." Check out itunes for more great VM songs.

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