Music from the O.C. Mix 4

Music review by
Kathi Kamen Goldmark, Common Sense Media
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Edgy introspection from the indie-rock world.

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Positive Messages

Nothing obvious.


The artist on the CD are more in love with themselves!


The "S" word appears once; all else is edited if necessary.


Resolutely non-commercial musically, but TV tie-in is a given.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Nothing obvious.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that this soundtrack mix is both comfortably tween-friendly and dedicated to showcasing music beyond the Top 40.

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What's the story?

MUSIC FROM THE O.C. MIX 4 is just a bit less perky and more introspective than past collections from the popular O. C. (for "Orange County") TV soap opera.

Is it any good?

Among the gloomier tracks are Pinback's "Fortress," Sufjan Stevens' "To Be Alone with You," and Reindeer Section's "Cartwheels," which sound a little less "indie" and a little more pop than we've come to expect from these compilations. Some of the more exciting tracks include "Decent Days and Nights" by Futureheads and a Modest Mouse contribution: quirky dancepunk fun with "The View." The headliner is a new song from Beck, who seems to channel Jim Morrison on "Scarecrow," co-written and co-produced by the Dust Brothers. Imogen Heap (half of Frou Frou) delivers a lovely "Goodnight and Go."

Just one instance of the "s" word pops up -- otherwise the songs on this collection are either edited or squeaky-clean to begin with. Until the day comes when teenagers stop indulging in self-absorbed introspection (and/or when pigs fly), collections like this one will find an enthusiastic audience.

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