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Sunday, September 11, 2011

The Muppets Green Album: A Muppetational Tribute

What do you get when you put alternative rock musicians in a tribute album of songs from the Muppet Show?  The Muppets Green Album, a fun to listen to album that will surely bring back great childhood memories.

 I got to download this album recently and I listen to it a lot.  Artists like Weezer, My Morning Jacket, Airborne Toxic Event, Alkaline Trio, Amy Lee among others gave the Muppet songs a new treatment but remained close to the original material.

Unless you've been living under a rock for the last two decades or so, the songs included in the album are known to many of us who were around when the Muppets were on TV.  My all-time favorite, "Rainbow Connection" was beautifully performed by Weezer but Hayley Williamson sounded like she just got out of bed.  My Morning Jacket did a terrific job on "Our World" that it sounded like a big production number. Kermit's song, "Being Green" was also included but it sounded more hopeful and less wallowing in self-pity.

The one that's becoming a favorite from this lot is Amy Lee's cover of "Halfway Down the Stairs".  This one really brings back a lot of childhood memories.  With lyrics taken from an A.A. Milne poem, it is a poignant ode to childhood.  While some people hated it because of Lee's goth rendition, I personally think that she gave it a new texture.  It sounded so ethereal.

I just don't understand why The Fray decided to sing "Mannah Mannah" exactly the same way as the original or why OK Go sounded like they were drunk in the Muppets Opening Theme.  But they're still worth listening to than one or two songs that I cannot stand.  The one that I skip a lot is the irritating "Night Song".  I couldn't stand it because it's too loud and noisy.

Nevertheless, Muppets: The Green Album is worth listening to.  Unlike other tribute albums which leave you wondering why it was even made at all, this album is fun and something that you would want to listen to over and over.  It's simply muppetational!

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