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    • Depeche Mode
    • Oddly enough, Playing The Angel is a return to form for Depeche Mode, even though it may well be argued that they never truly deviated from their roots in their more recent offerings. In the

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    • Killer grooves, catchy riffs, edgy vocals with oh-so-just-right layered harmonies, and a drive that will move even YOU out of your chair, Brother Love's initial release is what rock and roll should be
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    • Goldfrapp
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iTunes Music Review - Buffy the Vampire Slayer - Once More, with Feeling

  • Buffy the Vampire Slayer - Once More, with Feeling

    • 10 out of 5
    • Various Artists
    • Reviewed by Bryan Chaffin
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    • Most musical episodes of TV shows frankly stink. They are usually little more than ill-conceived vehicles intended to let the stars show off what musical talent they have. Once More, With Feeling, however, is one of my favorite musicals because it was intended first and foremost to be a musical that told a story. That it's set in the Buffyverse of Joss Whedon is incidental to it being a musical.

      The funny thing is that Joss Whedon learned how to write and play music for the sole purpose of writing this episode of Buffy, but you'd never know it listening to its melodies and themes. I have literally listened to this soundtrack scores of times, and before it was released, I listened to the audio track of the episode itself. The music is that good, the lyrics are that good, the plot is that good, and the performance by this cast of actors is mostly that good.

      Indeed, Joss wrote to the strengths and weaknesses of each of his cast members, plying the strongest singers (Tony Head, James Marsters, Amber Benson) with the strongest songs. Sarah Michelle Gellar turns in a passable, but still enjoyable performance, and only agreed to use her own voice when she learned of the important plot elements that would be revealed in the episode. The performance of veteran Broadway actor Hinton Battle is killer.

      Favorite songs: I'll Never Tell, I've Got a Theory/Bunnies, Going Through the Motions, Under Your Spell, What You Feel.

     

     

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