Charmed, the supernatural drama, chronicles the conflicts
and love among three sisters. Bound together by blood and
destiny, the Halliwell sisters discovered they were powerful
good witches, foretold as the Charmed Ones. The sisters vow
to keep their powers secret and vanquish all evil-comers to
fulfil an ancient prophecy...
The Book of Shadows comes with the dubious tag "music
from and inspired by..." Normally I avoid soundtracks
that carry this line. Why? Well, it's an almost guaranteed
cash in. How can music be inspired by a movie or TV show?
Are we really to believe that there are artists out there
that watch a show/movie and like it so much that they write
some music for the fun of it? No. What this tag usually means
is that the music was written for, but not used in the show.
Which means that for reasons never explained (probably that
it was not good enough) the music was dropped. Either that,
or the show has had a previous soundtrack which sold really
well and this is a second release to cash in on the success
of the first, using any old music they could get the rights
fact that the sleeve notes are very sketchy (there's no reference
to which, if any, episode the tracks come from) is a worrying
sign. It would have been interesting to learn which tracks
were actually used in the show and which episode/s they appeared
though, this does represent a good, solid collection of tunes
that you can easily picture appearing on Charmed. From
the theme tune (Love Spit Love's How Soon is Now? which
itself was 'borrowed' from the movie The Craft) to
Zero 7's Home, there is a good mix of tracks.
Boucher's I Can't Make Me track sounded a little too
much like a paint-by-numbers Avril Lavine track. While the
singer doesn't sound much like Lavine, the music and lyrics
do. As did, for that matter, Missy Higgins's Unbroken and
Liz Phair's Take a Look, to a lesser degree.
Sand in My Shoes is probably one of the best known
tracks in this collection. And, for a bit of variety, we've
even got Sarah Brightman singing a rather interesting dance
is not only a good collection for Charmed fans, but
for anyone who wants an interesting collection of songs to
add to their music collection. Suddenly I'm more inclined
to start taking "music from and inspired by" a little
more seriously when I see it plastered on a CD cover.
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