Album: Almost Alice
Artist: Various Artists
What do Avril Lavigne, Owl City, Franz Ferdinand and 13 other artists have in common? Not much, but according to director Tim Burton they all complement his newest movie, Alice in Wonderland. In this hodgepodge compilation, 3OH!3’s “Follow Me Down” appears alongside Kerli’s “Tea Party,” Plain White T’s “Welcome to Mystery” and other fittingly-titled tracks. Clever, right?
Sort of. While the lyrics of each song clearly tie in the Alice in Wonderland story, the album feels like a desperate attempt to make Burton’s bizarre aesthetic more accessible to a teen audience wary about stepping into his weird universe. But the music doesn’t sound like Burton at all. This isn’t music for a Tim Burton movie – it’s music for the kids he hopes will see the movie, and it doesn’t do him justice.
Listen: “The Technicolor Phase,” “Alice’s Theme,” “Tea Party”
For fans of: Avril Lavigne, All-American Rejects, Metro Station
– Robin Migdol