Green is the Colour of Spring
here), I managed to sneak onto the backlot wearing a Balaclava and Mickey Ears and rather than heading to the Disney Vault to rescue Song of the South, I managed to snatch a copy of The Green Album hot off the press and settled down for a good listen (which is when I was noticed by security and promptly requested to politely leave the building). Luckily they did not require me to removed my Mouse Ears (free advertising) or they may have noticed I had smuggled a couple of copies out with me inside of them...and so, here are some of my (free flowing) thoughts on the all-covers album.
The Muppet Show Theme Tune -- Ok, Go
The first time I listened, I heard each song separately, but am now reviewing my thoughts while hearing it as a “whole” and certainly appreciate how the songs move into one another musically without any jarring, despite being a whole team of different artists. Well, so far. Between one and two.
Rainbow Connection - Weezer (feat. Hayley Williams)
Mahna Mahna - The Fray
The link here is fab. Really building from song to song. (I always enjoy albums more when they flow). You could say that the album is really:
Movin' Right Along - Alkaline Trio
The next link brings us down, but without pulling us out of the music.
Our World - My Morning Jacket
The links continue to be smooth, it is kinda like they all shared a few guitars and pianos throughout the album.
Mr Bassman - Sondre Lerche
Halfway Down The Stairs - Amy Lee
This one moves neatly into the next rocky song though. LIKE.
Wishing Song - The Airborne Toxic Event
I once started an airborne toxic event when experimenting with cheese and an electric fan, but it was promptly shut down by the health inspectors (and mice).
Night Life - Brandon Saller
Sadly, said laughter does not really segue nicely into the drifting sounds of Being Green that follows it either.
Being Green - Andrew Bird
I Hope That Something Better Comes Along - Matt Nathanson
I'm Going to Go Back There Someday - Rachael Yamagata
Overall, I would rate the album 8/10. There is very little originality to the artists' covers (with The Wishing Song and Something Better as notable exceptions. I dislike the scary elements, but I do feel as though it reflects the 'soulful' aspect of the Muppets that was more evident during Jim's time than is now. We have perhaps grown too used to the Muppets being funny first, crazy second, edgy third and only soulful somewhere further down the list.
I would certainly recommend buying the album because it draws you in and sets your mind at peace (while frightening the bejeezus out of you) and occasionally rocking out!
Compare new to old with an old-school compilation of the originals here:
And get excited for tomorrows unveiling of Ok, Go's The Muppet Show Theme Tune Music Video feat. The Muppets (Go figure) by watching an exciting behind-the-scenes feature here (featuring Pigs in SPACE, Pops, Nigel, Uncle Deadly and a Purple Frackle!, amongst others) or here at Tough Pigs featuring Dr Tooth in a bed and a very fluffy Fozzie.
Stay tuned for our indepth, quasi-deep, insightful review of said Music Video tomorrow (assuming the video drops in time and I do not have to break it out of the Disney Vault...)