Entertainment Weekly - 10/4/02, p.155
"...This has the feel of a surrealist Broadway musical - or Frank Zappa's 200 MOTELS minus the smut. All in all, bloody okay." - Rating: B
Uncut - 2/03, p.855 stars out of 5
- "...It rocks, desperately and epically, and is funny and heartbreaking. Love it without irony..."a
This soundtrack from the television series features music and lyrics written by the show's creator Joss Whedon, as performed by cast members including Sarah Michelle Gellar.
Personnel: Amber Benson, Alyson Hannigan, Sarah Michelle Gellar, Nicholas Brendon, James Marsters , Emma Caulfield, Michelle Trachtenberg, Hinton Battle, Anthony Head (vocals).
Audio Mixer: Casey Stone.
Liner Note Author: Joss Whedon.
Photographer: Richard Cartwright.
Arrangers: Christophe Beck; Jesse Tobias.
This soundtrack to the legendary musical episode of one of the most consistently entertaining shows on network TV is packed with Broadway-style songs sung by the cast with varying degrees of expertise. Put simply, it's a hoot. The premise is that a spell's been cast on them and they have to sing everything that comes out of their mouths, consequential or not, and whether they can sing or not. This leads to such songs as "They got the mustard out" (that's the entire lyric right there) and the priceless "Parking Ticket" song featuring the immortal lines "I think that hydrant wasn't there...I'm just a mortal don't you care/hey I'm not wearing underwear."
The opener, "Going Through the Motions," features an ennui-laden Sarah Michelle Gellar lamenting her lack of interest in her vampire-snuffing activities, all the while fighting off a chorus of demons, ghouls, and various other manifestations of evil with all the enthusiasm of a teen forced to do the dishes. Some degree of Buffy orientation is required, and don't let the schmaltzy Disney-style orchestrations fool you--this teen musical's about as subversive as it gets.