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Music Review: Bones Soundtrack

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FOX’s hit dramedy Bones offers much in the way of entertainment for its weekly viewers, and one of the bright spots is the music, which often takes center stage. So it’s no wonder that the Bones Soundtrack is chock full of a variety of interesting songs, ranging from electronica, to remakes and remixes, to uplifting ballads, to unique songs written specifically for the show.

The soundtrack itself, as well as the show, is kicked off with Crystal Method’s original score, “Bones Theme”, a catchy, pulsing piece that captures the energy of the show. In fact, the soundtrack is book ended by this piece, both as the first track, the abbreviated version used for opening credits, and the last track, the full rendition/DJ Corporate Remix. Both are good, but the full rendition is a bit repetitive.

Among the (other) original works for the soundtrack are Sinéad O’Connor’s “Angel”, a heartfelt and uplifting song, and “Something” by Garden State Sountrack alumni Cary Brothers. It's nice to hear O'Connor still has the strong singing chops she did in her "Nothing Compares To You" days, and Cary Brothers provide a lulling, dreamy ballad that fits in with some of the more mellow songs on this soundtrack.

The two remakes on the album, Placebo’s haunting and innovative take on Kate Bush’s 1985 song, “Running Up That Hill”, and Eliza Lumley’s interpretation of Radiohead’s “Black Star” are two of my favorite tracks, as both provide an original perspective within the framework of two existing great songs.

Much like the television show itself, the Bones Soundtrack often changes speed, switching from soft and slow, to hard and fast in an instant.

On the softer side, there’s “Feel It Now”, an engaging piano ballad from Black Rebel Motorcycle Club; the wishful “Fountain” by Sara Lov; the lush “Tears and Laughter” from Tall Tree 6ft. Man; and Susan Enan’s optimistic ballad “Bring on the Wonder”. The U.K. is well represented by the reflective “It Means Nothing” by Stereophonics and “Gone” by Brit rockers Thirteen Senses.

Last, but most certainly not least, is my favorite track of the whole album, Sarah McLachlan’s “Dirty Little Secret (Thievery Corporation Mix)”, with a captivating acid jazz, house mix sound that will always remind me of a key scene in television's Alias (RIP).

While the Bones Soundtrack as a whole doesn’t offer the most upbeat music, it does provide many haunting songs, original ballads and reflective tracks that make it worth a listen.

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