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Grey's Anatomy OST: 1 & 2

Grey's Anatomy 2

Review by Jack Foley

IndieLondon Rating: 4.5 out of 5

HOSPITAL drama Grey’s Anatomy regularly attracts over 20 million viewers each week in the US and is amassing quite a fanbase on both Living TV and Channel 5. Its endearing mix of kooky characters, medical drama and easy listening music makes for a winning formula.

Indeed, it’s rapidly becoming a feature of US television that some of its seminal shows are providing a useful breeding ground for musicians, who attract much greater prominence from having their songs featured at key moments.

Imogen Heap remains one of the best examples of an artist who has prospered because of the limelight afforded to her by a US TV show – her track Hide & Seek having become an internet sensation after featuring in one of The OC’s defining moments.

It’s the same supervisors of The OC that help to put together the soundtrack for Grey’s Anatomy, which features a healthy dose of music in every episode. And they clearly have a good ear for music, having carefully cherry picked some of the best bands from both sides of the Atlantic to feature prominently on the show.

Indeed, fans of Zach Braff’s confident selections across soundtracks such as Garden State and The Last Kiss will want to get in on some of Greys Anatomy‘s action.

Grey’s Anatomy 1 is a near-perfect mix CD that thrives even if you’ve never watched an episode of the show. It boasts some selections you probably have heard somewhere before without being able to place, as well as a timely introduction to some genuinely worthwhile bands.

The Postal Service, for instance, kicks things off extremely well with Such Great Heights, which eases you into a nice state of mind, while the fuzzy guitar loops and hand-clap, stop-start beats on Roisin Murphy’s boisterous Ruby Blue ensure that you may well be dancing around the living room in appreciation.

Maria Taylor’s laidback acoustic offering Song Beneath The Song washes over you in exemplary fashion, while Tegan And Sara continue the chillout vibe with the hopelessly endearing Where Does The Good Go.

Further highlights include the warm, simple sunshine melodies of Get Set Go’s fragile Wait, the infectious indie-pop of The Eames Era’s Could Be Anything and the pure uplifting delight of Rilo Kiley’s Portions For Foxes, featuring the lush vocals of Jenny Lewis.

Look out, too, for Ben Lee’s bluesy, Tom Petty-esque Catch My Disease and the Grey‘s theme tune itself, capably provided by one of last year’s breakthrough acts, Psapp (in the kooky, catchy form of Cosy in The Rocket)/

Grey’s Anatomy 2, meanwhile, continues the penchant for picking cracking tunes that simply get under your skin and ease you into a blissful state of mind.

Indeed, some of the finest cuts on this sequel of sorts come from established English artists who have broken the US thanks to the exposure such shows have given them. We’re talking KT Tunstall Universe & U (delivered in acoustic version), Snow Patrol’s seminal Chasing Cars (also delivered acoustically), Jim Noir’s kooky indie hit I Me You and Gomez’s How We Operate (from last year’s excellent album of the same name).

There’s another cracking offering from Get Set Go, as well as take-notice efforts from Chalets, Kate Havnevik and Jamie Lidell.

So if it’s a compilation album you’re seeking that offers easy listening, perfect dinner party music or the type of collection that puts you ahead of the pack in being able to recommend new, cool tunes to your friends, then these two soundtracks offer everything you could wish for and a little bit more.

Grey’s Anatomy 1 – Track listing:

  1. Such Great Heights – The Postal Service
  2. Ruby Blue – Roisin Murphy
  3. Song Beneath the Song – Maria Taylor
  4. Where Does the Good Go – Tegan and Sara
  5. Looking at the World from the Bottom of a Well – Mike Doughty
  6. Wait – Get Set Go
  7. Could Be Anything – The Eames Era
  8. Portions for Foxes – Rilo Kiley
  9. City – Joe Purdy
  10. End of the World Party – Medeski, Martin & Wood
  11. Catch My Disease [Live] – Ben Lee
  12. There’s a Girl – The Ditty Bops
  13. Whatever Gets You Through Today
  14. Fools in Love – Inara George
  15. Cosy in the Rocket – Psapp

Grey’s Anatomy 2 – Track listing:

  1. How to Save a Life – Fray
  2. War on Sound – Moonbabies
  3. I Me You – Jim Noir
  4. Kaboom! – Ursula One Thousand
  5. Miss Halfway – Anya Marina
  6. Multiply – Jamie Lidell
  7. Universe & U – KT Tunstall [Acoustic Extravaganza Version]
  8. Monster Hospital – Metric
  9. How We Operate – Gomez
  10. Grace – Kate Havnevik
  11. Sexy Mistake – Chalets
  12. Bound by Love – Gran Bel Fisher
  13. I Hate Everyone – Get Set Go
  14. Homebird – Foy Vance
  15. Chasing Cars – Snow Patrol [Acoustic Version] [Live]