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Jon’s Album of the Month: “Almost Alice: The Alice In Wonderland Soundtrack”

This month has been kinda slow for music. I was able to get my hands on a copy of “Almost Alice,” the soundtrack to Tim Burton’s up coming remake of the famous Disney movie “Alice in Wonderland.” Because of its release on March 2nd, I’m making it my album of the month for February (the Play It Loud album of the month comes out halfway through the month).

To me, the idea of this album came out of left field, because typically Disney movies feature orchestra pieces, written and composed by one composer, and then recorded by a professional orchestra. Disney/Pixar’s “Toy Story” featured one artist like Randy Newman (who, will be replacing Kevin Eubanks and the Tonight Show Band, on the new installment of Jay Leno’s “Tonight Show”) would write and record all the songs for the soundtrack of the movie.

But in the case of “Almost Alice” a slew of artists, primarily of the pop – punk/ new-age/ alternative genres including Franz Ferdinand, Plain White T’s, All Time Low, Owl City, Avril Lavigne, 3OH3!, Pete Wentz and Mark Hoppus have all written single songs specifically for the album and movie.

Aside from being a huge Tim Burton fan, and being extremely excited to see this movie, I am now even more eagerly awaiting its release because of this soundtrack! Each song has its own sound that is in concert with the sound of the artists that created it, while, at the same time, sounding like they belong in this movie. Another thing that is amazing about this album is that it puts some of these lesser known bands like All Time Low, Owl City, 3OH3!, and Plain White T’s in the spotlight because their music is being released along side an expected blockbuster. Hopefully this will put these bands even more in the mainstream than they already are.

“Almost Alice” also features a song called “Very Good Advice” by Robert Smith, The Cure’s front man, which is perhaps the ‘trippy-est’ and most befitting to the movie. Featuring a prominent bass line as the back bone of the song, surrounded by all kinds of organs, harps and strange drums, topped off with Smith’s voice completely dubbed out to give it a crazy third dimension. Even the band Shinedown, has a song on this album bringing a hard rock balled to the table.

I definitely recommend giving this album a listen as soon as you can get your hands on a copy, and some of my favorites so far are: “Where’s My Angel” by Metro Station, “Welcome to Mystery” by Plain White T’s, “Follow Me Down” by 3OH3!.

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  • Comment by alice in wonderland video posted March 06, 2010 at 16:39

    Kudos to Depp, then, that he still generates another memorable, albeit this time one-dimensional, on screen persona. He provides his Hatter with plenty of lovable eccentricities and rough edges, all the more noteworthy considering the non-existent depth to which the material affords him. He’ll certainly be a hit with the kids. The rest of the cast are unpredictable in their output: Aussie newcomer Wasikowska overdoes it as the titular protagonist, Hathaway’s saccharine White Queen grates on the nerves and the opaque Glover is unbearably boring as Stayne; whilst Carter’s malevolent Red Queen is a hoot, Lucas induces a laugh or two as Tweedledee and Tweedledum, Rickman oozes noble charisma as the Blue Caterpillar and Paul Whitehouse’s March Hare steals every single scene he is in.