When you love a show, you definitely want to get your hands on its soundtrack. I have quite a few in my personal collection, not only because I liked the show or the movie in question, but also because soundtracks have the unique quality of bringing together music from different genres and artists that convey a specific set of moods.
Which is why I also have soundtracks to movies and show I’ve never or barely watched.
This was the main reason I decided to give the 90210 Soundtrack a try. First of all, it’s a CW show, so it’s bound to have a great soundtrack. Second of all, in the tradition of other popular teen/young adult shows like Gossip Girl and The OC, 90210 is double bound to have a great soundtrack – it just has to. And, third, everything 90210 related was always equivalent to cool, including its music. So the way I figured it, I didn’t have very much to lose and everything to gain by reviewing this soundtrack, even if I have never watched the new 90210 and barely watched the original.
Yup, you read that right. I only caught a couple of scenes from the original 90210 at my friend’s house and only because her older sister was obsessed with it. Big surprise, she’s now obsessed with the new 90210 – which made her a great candidate to test this soundtrack on.
And so in went the CD into her music sound system.
“What’s that?” her husband asked.
When he heard what it was, he glared at me, angry that I was feeding into his wife’s obsession – but thankfully, he ended up loving the soundtrack too, and so my life has been spared.
The three of us love the concept behind the soundtrack. Usually a soundtrack comes out after a show’s music has garnered enough attention to guarantee sales. However in this case, the music is coming out before it is featured on the show. Also, almost all the songs are available exclusively on this soundtrack, and they won’t be available for purchase individually. Now while that might seem unfair to some – what if I only like a few or even only one of the songs? – it also is a tactic meant to make it clear: they are not out to sell you the songs, but rather, the experience that is 90210.