Grey’s Anatomy Original Soundtrack, Volume 2 (Hollywood Records; September 2006)
Compilation CDs are perfect for non-committal music fans and this one has been road-tested “ideal” for bicycling. The Fray’s plaintive first track, “How to Save a Life” illustrates an intervention, one painful step at a time, and sets the tone for lots of moody reflecting, which is what the show’s narrator, Dr. Meredith Grey, is known for. On the delightful “Miss Halfway,” Anya Marina sings about her own perceived imperfections while trying to warn others “I’m gonna burn a pie now and then / I’m gonna say the wrong things to your friends…” Nevertheless, we are charmed.
A little Gomez never hurts and “How We Operate” is a clever inclusion, complicated in the best of ways. This is probably the only track that actually, genuinely rocks, though others, such as “Monster Hospital” by Metric and “Sexy Mistake” by the Chalets certainly try.
The only song actually written for the show (for last year’s season finale), “Grace” by Kate Havnevik, is a real jewel. Kate comes across as a breathy, sedated Bjork while singing about getting through tragedy while holding it together, turning her “grief to grace.” Gran Bel Fisher’s simple “Bound by Love” is, as expected, a flat-out declaration of love. Not terribly notable except when it stands as stark contrast to the track following it, “I Hate Everyone” by Get Set Go, which is a simple, flat-out declaration of hate.
Overall, a dreamy set of songs sure to make you wonder why you never went to medical school—or at least married a doctor.