Monday, November 17, 2008

Dr. Horrible's Sing-Along Blog Soundtrack (CD Review)

Who will like this soundtrack? Fans of Joss Whedon (Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Angel, Firefly/Serenity, the upcoming Dollhouse). Fans of Neil Patrick Harris (Doogie Howser, How I Met Your Mother). Fans of Nathan Fillion (Two Guys and a Girl, Slither, Firefly/Serenity, Buffy the Vampire Slayer). Fans of musical comedies (yeah...I got nuthin’).

During the writers’ strike of 2007/2008, Joss and his brothers got together and created this Internet sensation. It was aired as three +/- 14 minute episodes between July 15 and 20, 2008. NPH plays a super-villain, Dr. Horrible, who has a crush on a girl from the local Laundromat (Penny, played by Felicia Day). Nathan Fillion plays Horrible’s nemesis Captain Hammer, an extremely egotistical super-hero who actually ends up dating Penny.

The first two episode are full of hilarity, while the last is full of Joss Whedon relationship...setbacks.

The soundtrack is very short, clocking in at 25 minutes. But if you’ve seen the episodes or have even seen/heard the Buffy musical episode, it’s a great listen. NPH has a great voice. He doesn’t come across as an evil super-villain, but more like a love-sick puppy dog. Felicia has a very innocent sound to her voice, which is perfect for her character. Fillion is definitely the weak link if you’re looking at voice talent, but I think it fits his character perfectly. Captain Hammer would think he’s a better singer than he actually is.

The soundtrack is available as a digital download on ($8.99 or $.99/song), and both the soundtrack ($9.99 or .$99/song) and "season" ($4.99 or $1.99/episode) are available on iTunes. Trust me, they’re both worth it.

Listening to: Mika - grace_kelly_(album_version)
via FoxyTunes


Gina said...

Musical comedies? I've got plenty... The Drowsy Chaperone, [title of show], Little Shop of Horrors, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, The Great American Trailer Park Musical, Xanadu, Urinetown, Reefer Madness, Avenue Q, and pretty much a good percentage of musicals have comedy in them.

Dr. Horrible is good stuff! Hope there's a continuation...

Rob Rosenblatt said...

I'm actually not all that into musicals, hence my lack of knowledge. Thanks for your help, though!