I’m an avid fan of well-done cover songs, as well as a fan of movie soundtracks, so New Found Glory’s soundtrack cover album From the Screen to Your Stereo was one of my favorite CDs. Obviously I wasn’t the only fan because they have released a full-length sequel to it.
From the Screen to Your Stereo II starts off with “Kiss Me,” originally performed by Sixpence None the Richer for the She’s All That soundtrack. I wish I wasn’t so sick of the original because this is actually a really good cover.
Next up is “It Ain’t Me Babe,” originally by Bob Dylan. As I’m not a Dylan fan to begin with, this isn’t my favorite track on the album. The song was featured in a handful of movies including Lady In the Water, Blow, and Walk the Line.
Track 3, “The Promise,” is an awesome cover. It falls in line with NFG’s natural talents which are driving rhythms and fun choruses. The song was originally performed by When In Rome and featured in Napolean Dynamite.
Go West’s one hit “The King of Wishful Thinking” makes an appearance here with Patrick Stump (of Fall Out Boy) guesting on vocals, also relying heavily on NFG’s driving sound and sing-along chorus style to be a stand out track on the album. The track was originally featured on the Pretty Woman soundtrack.
Easily the best track on the album is “Stay (I Missed You),” originally performed by, and featuring a guest vocal by, Lisa Loeb. Having the original artist appear on the track is a genius move for a cover album. It was a great song to begin with, but is an excellent cover in NFG’s hands. It was featured in Reality Bites.
“Love Fool” by The Cardigans was one of those songs everyone loved the first time you heard it. And then you heard it 8,000 more times and realized you hated that little blonde lady that sings it for putting the infectious tune in your head for the next ten years. Listening to the cover, it feels like NFG performed it live on a whim, and got such a great crowd reaction that they had to record it. The track was originally used on the soundtrack to Baz Luhrmann’s Romeo & Juliet.
I’m surprised that “Iris” was chosen for this album. It’s a fantastic song and had a lot of commercial success when it was released as part of the City of Angels soundtrack and as part of Dizzy Up The Girl. The Goo Goo Dolls track didn’t need improving, but NFG and guest vocalist Will Pugh (of Cartel) did a fine job with it.
While I appreciate the fact that they covered a song from The Breakfast Club, NFG doesn’t win the cover tunes war on this one. Life of Agony actually has an awesome cover of “Don’t You (Forget About Me)” on their album Ugly.
“J’y Suis Jamais Alle” is the only song on the album that I’m completely unfamiliar with the original. It was featured on the Amélie soundtrack.
One of my favorite tracks is “Crazy For You,” originally performed by Madonna. It’s absolutely awesome that they covered an Immaculate Collection-era Madonna tune, and that they even included the “ba-ba-ba-bas” from the original. The track features guest vocalist Max Bemis (from Say Anything) and was on the Vision Quest soundtrack.
The final track on the album is “Head Over Heels” originally by Tears For Fears. It’s a well done cover and a great closing song for the CD. It was featured on the Donnie Darko soundtrack.
NFG delivered what the fans wanted – another kick ass cover album of movie tunes. Here’s hoping for a From the Screen to Your Stereo III.
Tracks you can’t miss:
- Track 4 – “The King of Wishful Thinking”
- Track 5 – “Stay (I Missed You)”
- Track 7 – “Iris”
- Track 10 – “Crazy For You”
Come back next week for a review of the original Resident Evil soundtrack.
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