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CD review: 'Frankenweenie Unleashed!'

Tim Burton's feature-length version of his 1984 short film “Frankenweenie” has drawn like-minded musical weirdos Karen O, Neon Trees, The Cure's Robert Smith, Oklahoma's own The Flaming Lips and more like eager pups to a tempting bone.
Oklahoman Published: October 5, 2012
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Various artists, ‘Frankenweenie Unleashed!'

(Walt Disney Records)

Tim Burton is back in full-blown bizzaro mode with his new black-and-white, stop-motion animated movie “Frankenweenie,” and the feature-length version of his 1984 short film has drawn like-minded musical weirdos Karen O, Neon Trees, The Cure's Robert Smith, Oklahoma's own The Flaming Lips and more like eager pups to a tempting bone.

The selections on “Frankenweenie Unleashed!,” a 14-track compilation of songs from and inspired by the new movie, are strange enough to fit the bill, but too many of the tracks lack the signature off-kilter sweetness of Burton's film. Although consistently creepy, “Frankenweenie” has a quirky sense of humor and lightness of touch missing from much of the supplemental soundtrack.

Unfortunately, “My Mechanical Friend,” rocker Grace Potter's contribution featuring The Flaming Lips, is a perfect example of the album's inappropriately dark material. The coldly repetitive track is as mechanical as the title suggests, with none of the Oklahoma City-based experimental rock band's usual mischievousness to warm it.

The overwrought screamer “Lost Cause” from indie rockers Imagine Dragons would be better suited to a torture porn flick or maybe a Michael Bay “Transformers” sequel than “Frankenweenie.” Likewise, Estonian pop belter Kerli's vocals soar majestically on the emotional anthem “Immortal,” but the song sounds like it belongs in a “Twilight Saga” movie instead of a kid-friendly animated homage to “Frankenstein.”

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by Brandy McDonnell
Entertainment Reporter
Brandy McDonnell, also known by her initials BAM, writes stories and reviews on movies, music, the arts and other aspects of entertainment. She is NewsOK’s top blogger: Her 4-year-old entertainment news blog, BAM’s Blog, has notched more than 1...
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