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,”
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
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
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
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.