Like the soundtracks to the Twilight movies the original television soundtrack to The Vampire Diaries leans hard on dark themes and beautifully melancholic musings, beginning with Placebo's haunting rendition of Kate Bush's "Running Up That Hill." Silversun Pickups recall early Smashing Pumpkins with "Currency of Love" before the Pumpkins themselves drop an exclusive track in "The Fellowship," a synth-heavy rocker that sounds nothing like their '90s recordings, save for Billy Corgan's nasal-toned inflections. Other standouts include a hypnotic remix of Bat for Lashes' "Sleep Alone," Goldfrapp's sultry "We Radiate" and Gorillaz's "On Melancholy Hill (Feed Me Remix)," which begins by stripping down everything to a bare-bones foundation of piano notes accompanying Damon Albarn's voice before other elements slowly build to birth a grooving version that's much more danceable than the original. Digital Daggers turns Tears For Fears' "Head Over Heels" into post-goth gorgeousness.
Running Up That Hill
Currency of Love
Sleep Alone (909S In Darktimes Mix)
Bat for Lashes
Bloodstream (Vampire Diaries Remix)
Head Over Heels
Beauty of the Dark
All You Wanted
Alison Sudol & Sounds Under Radio
On Melancholy Hill (Feed Me Remix)
16 SONGS, 1 HOUR, 4 MINUTES
OCTOBER 12, 2010
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