Saturday, March 13, 2010

"almost alice"

I came across an interesting news update while using Rhapsody the other day of a compilation CD inspired by Lewis Carroll's Alice's Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass, released in time for the premier of Tim Burton's new film.

According to Zach Freeman in his review of the album for Blogger News Network:
Including such known entities as Avril Lavigne (whose track “Alice” serves as the end title song for Tim Burton’s new 3-D extravaganza Alice in Wonderland), Franz Ferdinand, Plain White T’s, The All-American Rejects, and Wolfmother, as well as individual members of bands - Mark Hoppus of blink-182, Pete Wentz of Fall Out Boy, and Robert Smith of The Cure, Almost Alice is a fairly star-studded affair. And though each group of artists was given free reign to explore “elements from the film and Lewis Carroll’s books to develop their own individual interpretations” this hour-long collection of music feels solidly grounded in central themes of strangeness and exploration.... Overall, this is an enjoyable poppy album, but nothing too ground-breaking is ever presented.
I've been listening to some of the songs on YouTube.  I was not impressed by Grace and the Nocturnal's rendition of "White Rabbit," but the Avril Lavigne track and "Technicolor Phase" by Owl City really caught my attention.  They were rather poignant and relevant to the story of Alice.  "Tea Party" is a fun song with unimaginative lyrics that one could easily dance to in a club, but its connection to the stories is poor at best, and hardly strange enough to bring the bizarre adventures of Alice Liddell to life through music.

 Here's the music video to Lavigne's song:

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