Almost Alice

Songs By Various Artists

Distributed by: Buena Vista Records

Reviewed by Melissa Minners


            When I was a child, watching Walt Disneyís Alice in Wonderland on the big screen was a tremendous treat.  My favorite character was the Cheshire Cat.  As a child, Iíve read numerous versions of Alice in Wonderland, including the original version by Lewis Carroll.  Now, Walt Disney is going a step further, introducing us to a new live-action Alice in Wonderland in 3D digital format.  The film will star Mia Wasikowska as Alice at 19 years of age, returning to the world she first encountered as a child.  She will be reunited with old friends such as the White Rabbit, Tweedledee and Tweedledum, the Cheshire Cat, the Caterpillar, the Dormouse and the Mad Hatter (played by Johnny Depp).

            To celebrate this new Alice in Wonderland, Buena Vista Records has released two albums - a motion picture soundtrack composed by Danny Elfman and a compilation album featuring songs inspired by the story of Alice in Wonderland entitled Almost Alice

            Featuring artists like Avril Levigne, The All-American Rejects, Owl City, Shine Down, Metro Station, Plain White Tís and more, Almost Alice can definitely be seen as a rock/indie music compilation, dedicated to a variety of aspects found in the movie.  Examples of song titles include Alice, Her Name Is Alice, Follow Me Down, Welcome to Mystery, Tea Party, Always Running Out of Time, Fell Down a Hole and White Rabbit

            As I listened to Almost Alice, I couldnít help but tap along with the music.  This was definitely one rocking album.  Every song fit the Alice in Wonderland tale perfectly whether in actuality or metaphorically.  Each track was just as good, if not better, than the last.  After the end of each song, I found that I couldnít wait to see what the next song would have in store for me.  I kept waiting for the song that would have me groaning.  If you listen to a lot of albums like I do, you know that almost every album has one or two songs that are just okay in the grand scheme of things.  And yet, Almost Alice doesnít have any!  I was completely satisfied with every track on the album, most especially the closing track, White Rabbit, performed by Grace Potter and the Nocturnals.  I have always enjoyed this song and I have to say that Grace Potter does a nice job with it (although no one can sing that song like Grace Slick can).

            As for the idea that this album is solely rock/indie music, think again.  Yes, the  songs by Avril Levigne and The All-American Rejects have that indie rock feel, but The Technicolor Phase is a mystical alternative song by Owl City.  Her Name Is Alice by Shine Down is definitely a hard rocking beat, but In Transit by Mark Hoppus with Pete Wentz sounds very Beatles Magical Mystery Tour-esque.  Follow Me Down is an enjoyable pop song by 3OH!3 featuring Neon Hitch.  Very Good Advice by Robert Smith is actually a song from the original 1951 Disney film.  So, the musical style of Almost Alice is actually very diverse.

            Fans of the Alice in Wonderland story will enjoy the lyrics inspired by the tale.  Music lovers will enjoy the diverse style of the music found in Almost Alice.  This is one of those albums that doesnít have a single bad song on it and thus, that makes Almost Alice definitely worth the price.  Almost Alice is definitely an album Iíll be most happy to add to my collection.


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