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Fantastic follow-up to BtVS: The Album
on 18 February 2004
With 21 tracks the British version of Radio Sunnydale certainly caught my eye as value for money. Even more impressively, there seem to be only a few unfeatured tracks which nevertheless fit in with the general mood of the album.
Dandy Warhols is certainly the most Pop of the tracks, but the remainder of the tracks featured on the show take you right back to the dark rocky underworld of Buffy (Episode 1 of season 1's "Ballad for Dead Friends" by Dashboard Prophets is almost anthemic for the whole series, while "Black Cat Bone" by Laika takes you on Willow's magic acid trip.)
As well as some upbeat songs from Bronze scenes, there's plenty of beautiful and haunting music: "I can't take my Eyes off you" was beautiful at the end of 'Family' as Tara and Willow floated, and joss Whedon and Angie Hart(she of 'splendid' who's track 'Charge' was on The Album) worked togther to create 'Blue' for 'Conversations with Dead People'.
Perhaps my two favourite features of the album though is firstly, the inclusion of Cibo Matto's "Sugar Water" sorely missed from the first album, so impressive was it in Buffy and Xander's dance from season 2's "When she was bad."
Secondly, in addition to Christophe Beck's quirky instrumental "Dead Guys with Bombs", the penultimate track is the rousing and powerful orginal score "The Final Fight" from Chosen.
Submerge yourself in the angst, the beauty and the kick-ass attitude of Buffy right through the seven seasons.
I've had it on repeat all week ;-)