by Amy Diaz of HippoPress.com
"Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Once More, With Feeling," 2002, Rounder
Seldom does the soundtrack to television shows boast "original
But of course "Once More, With Feeling" is not your usual
"Dawson's Creek" collection of top 40 hits. This Buffy soundtrack
includes the dozen or so original songs Joss Whedon penned for last
season's ridiculously brilliant musical episode. From Sarah Michelle
"Buffy" Gellar's surprisingly decent singing voice to the
on-point content of all the songs, the episode was one of the series
smartest-a quality that comes through on the compact disc. But enough
gushing, our Joss knows what a stud he is with the use of language and
the ability to squeeze plot in unexpected corners. (His delightful liner
notes had me giggling like a girl on her first date with her undead
What's to love? James "Spike" Marsters' lovesick "Rest
In Peace"! Alyson "Willow" Hannigan attempting to hold
the tune on her total of two lines! Anthony Stewart "Giles"
Head's swoon-worthy "Standing"! Amber "Tara" Benson's
near pornographic "Under Your Spell"! ("Lost in ecstasy/Spread
beneath my willow tree,"-how did that make it past the censors?)
I can't imagine a non-Scooby Ganger picking up this wonderful oddity
but I can't see how a true Buffy fan can live without it.
Because, after all, "they got the mustard out..."