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Dawson's Creek will be most notable for the fact that one of its main cast went on to become Mrs. Tom Cruise (Katie Holmes). The show's premise is basically about friendship and growing up. With characters speaking with way too much eloquence for their age the show has spurred many duplicate angst-driven teenage dramas It was one of my favourites and looking back at it I cannot help but sigh at the recollection of Dawson-Jhen-Joey-Pacey romance. Dawson's Creek ran six seasons from 1998 to 2003. It produced two albums; the first one "Songs from Dawson's Creek" was released in 1999.
The album features various artists from popular pop acts to unknown talents. The show may have expressed some dark issues -ranging from domestic issues, relationships between the opposite sexes and sex itself, identity crisis and other actual teen problems- the soundtrack reflects more on the calmer side of the story. You have to be a fan of the show or the kind that loves sombre mood in songs to be able to take this album to heart. What I love about TV shows is that they always manage to find underground talents that produce fresh sound, lending a new feel to the scene but still in the line of mainstream songs loitering around the Top 40 hits.
1. Kiss Me (Sixpence None the Richer) - this song is a little bit worn out after hearing it for the umpteenth time. Before included in the soundtrack album, this is already a massive hit on its own. This song is the band's most recognizable hit with Leigh Nash's distinct voice singing the innocent bliss of a kiss. Despite its exhausted stature, I think this song is a classic.
2. Lose Your Way (Sophie B. Hawkins) - dominance of the sound of banjo is really interesting giving a playful feel to the song. It starts slow but picks up at the chorus which is quite catchy. Sophie B. Hawkins is a very talented artist who is not willing to compromise her music just to sell. Her talent is underrated but genuine. Her voice here sounds kind of shaky but it is that rawness that makes thing song beautiful.
3. Feels Like Home (Chantal Kreviazuk) - if there's one artist that deserves a trip to the top of the charts; this has got to be Chantal Kreviazuk. Her haunting voice coupled with the smooth sound of the piano makes this song a winning piece. I cannot describe enough the delicate arrangement of this song. No, this is nothing spectacular of earth-shattering proportion but the way she delivers it has that kind of authentic longing that stems from deep inside her. Ironically, her voice is dry but that makes the impact stronger and it conveys an utmost sincerity. It doesn't hurt either that she's married to Raine Maida, vocalist of the band Our Lady Peace. How cool is that?
4. Life's A Bitch (Shooter) - Life's a bitch and then you die. I have used this as a motto far too many times. Yeah, sounds like a total loser's excuse but when life hits you below the belt everything just turns dark and you feel that it is playing a joke on you. Anyways, this is an antithesis to the three previous mellow tracks. It jolts you back to life. This is an edgy pop-rock with a rebellious attitude that is sure to appeal to teenage listeners. The band Shooter is fronted by English singer Luciana Caporaso. This song is also featured in their album...And Your Point.
5. Ready For A Fall (PJ Olsson) - an entirely different breed of mellow song, this is an emotional ballad that is predominated by an acoustic sound and PJ Olsson's soft voice that seems to be floating and coaxing. His voice has got a deep tone and though the title kind of gives away what the song is all about, the lyrics is so simple and not overly sweet. It's really hard to imagine him doing something else but as it turned out, his album which this song is taken from is a mixed of many experimental sound varying from techno, folk and ballad. Surely, it's worth checking out.
6. Stay You (Wood) - this sounds like a veteran artist's song. In fact, this feels like it has been around for ages. The fusion of country and light rock makes this song instantly likeable. It's a captivating love song with that chronic "you're wonderful the way that you are so stay the same" theme. The raspy voice shows a lot of experience and confidence although this is taken from their debut album. This fairly unknown band is fronted by James Maddock who hails from England and the band's debut album "Songs From Stamford Hill" didn't really make it big and I think it's sad considering this song has a lot of potential.
7. Any Lucky Penny (Nikki Hassman) - this has got to be my most favourite track of the bunch. It opens with a dreamy vibe and Nikki's ethereal voice makes you want to start your day on a positive note. It is an enchanting experience but not too weird. I like the fact that the song is not embellished with pretentious lyrics. The ambient-like background gives this song a haunting quality that simply touches the soul.
8. Shimmer (Shawn Mullins) - this is half-song, half-storytelling. If you're familiar with "Lullaby" I guess you can grasp what this song sounds like. Swamped with Shawn Mullins rough but comforting voice and the unmistakable acoustic sound, this song is about finding the true beauty of a human being. A clever decision to include this song in this soundtrack album since Shawn Mullins got a lot of recognition during that time.
9. London Rain (Heather Nova) - I am not familiar with her other works but I think it is safe to say that this is one chick who knows what she's doing. Sure, you can line her up with other rockchicks that have produced the same genre of pop-rock but it doesn't hurt because she's got the vocal chops. This song showcases that and her voice blends nicely with the background sound. This is one sweet piece that veers away from the usual matters-of-the-heart topic. In this, she sings about London rain that she refers to as something to have a healing power over her tired soul. It's quite lively and easy to sing along to.
10. To Be Loved (Curtis Stigers) - this sounds like one of you dad's sound advice. Most of his music anchors on jazz but "To Be Loved" has some country flavour thrown in. He shows a lot of soul in this track and his calm voice is gently coaxing us to take this advice to heart. He is a talented musician who can easily charm his listeners through beautiful ballads. This may not appeal to everybody but when it is played in the background with the crying cast of Dawson's Creek, it works really well.
11. Letting Go (Sozzi) - an emotional break-up song. I'm sure a lot of teenagers went crazy about this song. Sozzi's voice perfectly explores the pains of break-ups and moving forward. The song flows smoothly and the pleading in her voice makes you want to build up an alliance with her. This is one break-up song you should pick up (listen, girly girls) because it hasn't been overplayed and I think you'll find it empowering. Good luck!
12. Cry Ophelia (Adam Cohen) - scion of the legendary musician Leonard Cohen, Adam offers a sublime sound packed with brilliant lyrics. It starts out with a wonderful guitar sound and Adam's voice dropping to a whispery range. This is a balmy song that is appropriate to listen to when you are licking some wounds. A passionate rendition of a song that is trying to heal and offer comfort.
13. Did You Ever Love Somebody (Jessica Simpson) - this is when innocence is still Jessica Simpson. Before the glitz and glamour of Hollywood have consumed her. After "Cry Ophelia" you really want to hear something upbeat and uplifting. Although, this is a positive and sexy song even, it kinds of wears you down because it is painfully slow. I may find it that way because I am not into Jessica Simpson that much. Her voice has the tendency to shriek and she loves belting out it's almost irritating. Others may feel differently about this because to be fair with the artist she performs this with passion.
14. I Don't Want To Wait (Paula Cole) - this is the opening theme in the second season. Like "Kiss Me" this is a bit overplayed but Paula's solid voice gives this song a classic stance. The intro instantly floods you with memories of the show that was Dawson's Creek. Hearing this song for the first time, you immediately know that the artist behind it has got a raw talent and is not afraid to show it. "I Don't Want To It" has become an anthem for a lot of DC's diehard fans and it will forever be associated with this show.
Listening to this album again brings back a lot of naïve memories and so many giddy moments. I think this is a wonderful collection of songs that defines what being young, in love and growing up is all about. On second thought, you don't really have to be a fan to appreciate this. It doesn't hurt to give this a try since most of the songs didn't get major airplays so it still feels like it is a discovery. This is not for everyone though. As you can see, most tracks are soft and mellow and some may find it too boring or pop-y for their taste but I can always put this to work to bring back those good old days.
Before the first Songs from Dawson's Creek album was released, Dawson's Creek fans were making bets on which excellent Dawson's Creek song would make the album. Would it be Edwin McCain's "I'll Be"? Billie Myers' "Kiss the Rain"? Of course, when the album was released, we found out that none of those songs were on the album at all. A real shame. Instead, they picked lots of little known artists, and flogged their songs on upcoming episodes of the 'Creek. Totally unacceptable. Politics aside, the collection happens to be a fairly good compilation in its own right- safe and slightly mediocre songs, but all very listenable. Nothing that strikes you to remember any particular scenes of DC, but will soon become the kind of album that you'll put on to have in the background. And after a few more months, you'll just like it. It's true that they could have made it a lot better by using the earlier songs that appeared on DC, but I suppose as a standalone album, ignoring the fact that it should be related to DC, it is good.
If you are a fan of Dawson's Creek, then you must buy this! It is full of new songs from very talented artists, including Lara Fabian (Givin' up on you), Jessica Simpson (I think I'm in Love with you. Evan and Jaron (Crazy for this Girl) and there are a couple of excellent covers - Show me Heaven sung by Jessica Andrews and Day Dream Believer by Mary Beth Maziarz. If you have some time by yourself and you need to chill out, this is a must have! Guaranteed to help you relax and feel good. If you are not a fan of Dawson's Creek, but love Classic American Rock then you'll be listening to this album day and night!
after the huge sucess of thong song, i like many others, eagerly awaited his next releases. got to get it was equally impressive with a brilliant groove to it and certainly, unleash the dragon (the single) did not dissapoint. as a result, i didn't need much more persuading to go and get the album for myself, expecting a vibrant collection of wicked tunes which (like the three named above) really get you off your arse and moving. sadly, it was not to be. obviously, i had only heard of these three tunes for a good reason: their the only ones that really stand out in the entire album - the rest is just slow dull music, totally unexpected given the genre displayed previously. sure, every good album of this kind has one or two slower tunes that you can mellow out to, but this one really took the biscuit! ALL of the remaining tunes were like this and in the end it just got too dull for my liking and i took the cd back for a refund.
For the fans of Dawson's Creek, you must get the album, it's really great. Even if you aren't, the album is still worthwhile provided you are into the type of songs featured which are more to the alternative sentimental type. The album features some top artists as well e.g. Jessica Simpson - Did you ever love somebody Sixpence Non The Richer - Kiss Me Paula Cole - I Don't Want To Wait Shawn Mullins - Shimmer Other good songs are like Lose Your Way from Sophie B. Hawkins and Feels like Home by Chantal Kreviazuk. There are 14 songs on the album plus bonus tracks for the European market. If you do give this album a listen and enjoyed it, you wil be happy to know that a second Dawson's Creek compilation album is being planned.
Disc #1 Tracklisting
1 Kiss Me - Sixpence None The Richer
2 Lose Your Way - Sophie B. Hawkins
3 Feels Like Home - Chantal Kreviazuk
4 Life's A Bitch - Shooter
5 Ready For A Fall - PJ Olsson
6 Stay You - Wood
7 Any Lucky Penny - Nikki Hassman
8 Shimmer - Shawn Mullins
9 London Rain - Heather Nova
10 To Be Loved - Curtis Stigers
11 Letting Go - Sozzi
12 Crying Ophelia - Adam Cohen
13 Did You Ever Love Somebody - Jessica
14 Blame it on the weatherman - B*witched (Bonustrack)
15 Not like other girls - S.O.A.P. (Bonustrack)
16 I Don't Want To Wait - Paula Cole