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CD Review - '90210 Soundtrack'
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Review by Aly Avina

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The '90210' series is a television show that was remade from the original 'Beverly Hills 90210' show that aired in the 90's.  It is a teen drama that has stolen the hearts of millions.  It shows the "true life situations" of what teenagers go through day to day in high school; just add in the nice cars, million dollar houses and designer clothes and then it is considered totally normal.  Not to mention the fact that some of the kids have porn industry fathers or parents in the acting industry.
 
So much has happened on the show from teen pregnancies, drug overdoses, rivalries and a hit and run accident.  As you can see, there is a lot of drama to be had on each episode.  So how does someone go about picking just the right music to go along with the dramatic scenes?  Well, I don't know how the music director on the series did it, but they definitely picked the right songs.
The '90210 soundtrack' includes music from The Red Jumpsuit Apparatus, Anberlin, Mutemath, Jet, OK Go, and many others.  Such songs as 'Love Seat' by The Red Jumpsuit Apparatus are not only a personal favorite of mine, but it was perfect for any love scene or lovers' quarrel in an episode.  'Many Shades of Black' is the first song on the soundtrack done by Adele & The Raconteurs and is another song that has dramatic elements.  It has the feel of a songstress from the 60's with her powerful voice and lyrics of such depth.
 
There are other songs on the soundtrack that are less dramatic and a bit more fun such as 'Soldier' by N*E*R*D featuring Santigold and 'One Hipster One Built' by Jet.  'I Want You So Bad I Can't Breathe' by OK Go is a song about love and lust and the line where the two meet. I can think of many episodes where this song could neatly fit without ever losing its meaning.  There are songs solely about love such as 'The Perfect Tourniquet' by Anberlin and 'Sierra's Song' by the All-American Rejects which are both beautiful songs that talk about the pain that love is, but its wonders that make it all better.  At least that's my take on the song.
 
All in all, I think the soundtrack was well done and fit with the television show's synopsis.  I applaud both the people who put this soundtrack together and the artists on the soundtrack itself.  Be sure to go buy it now.