The ‘Sabrina’ soundtrack is a hit

Categories:  The Arts    Music
Wednesday, February 12th, 2020 at 10:17 PM

“Sabrina the Teenage Witch” has been revived by Netflix in the form of the "Chilling Adventures of Sabrina." The new take on the character began in 2018, and as the new seasons have come out, the show has put more focus on the musical talents of its cast. Those talents are captured on the newest edition of the soundtrack.

 This season's standout musical moments were mainly covers performed by the cast, and the rest were songs made to set the tone of the show. 

The first cast cover is of The Knack’s “My Sharona,” which appeared in the first episode. It’s the first song presented in the show by the band some of the main characters start. Only a small portion is played in the show, and it seems to have a bit more edge and less melody then the original, but it's still enjoyable. 

A showcase of Sabrina and Roz’s cheerleading ability is set to the song/cheer of Run-DMC’S “It’s Tricky.” It wasn’t anything abnormal or standout from what other cheer groups have. Out of all the songs chosen, it probably shouldn’t have been the one to go on as long, but it was a nice dance. 

“Teenage Dirtbag” by Wheatus makes an appearance and it is a favorite of mine. Ross Lynch, a member of R5 and of Disney fame, takes on the main vocal role, and Jaz Sinclair (Roz) and Lachlan Watson (Theo) are featured. As powerful as Sinclair is in the song, I’d almost prefer Watson in it more as there's something about that voice that makes you want to hear it more. 

Spring Awakening’s “The Song of Purple Summer” is a track by Sabrina’s coven and it’s hauntingly beautiful. The voices blending with the slow beat is something that draws you in, and then Kiernan Shipka takes over the solos, standing out, but continuing to harmonize with the rest of her coven. 

Sweeney Todd’s “By the Sea” brings Aunt Helda and her significant other into the musical scene. Helda is dealing with something horrifying and this is her attempt to distract herself from it. Helda’s personality shines through her vocal ability. Dr. Cee’s voice is an amazing deep tone when compared to Helda’s, and the song shows the love the two have for each other. 

“Hey Mickey,” originally performed by Toni Basil, shines in another cheerleading appearance. Due to the scene, the cheer gets warped, but it is another stunning show of cheerleading. 

“Tender Shepherd,” from the 1954 musical rendition of “Peter Pan,” is performed by the Spellmans as a spell, but it serves as a cute repository from the action around it.

“Straight to Hell” is a music video and song that was recorded to promote the new season. It shows most of the characters at some point and honestly, it’s a bop. There are great lines like, “Satan always gets his way / But I don’t play the devil’s games,” and the last line of the chorus, “When it comes to love, I’m going straight to hell.” They'll be stuck in your head for days to come after listening to it.

"Sabrina" is an amazing show with a nice soundtrack. For the most part, the songs the cast sings are amazing and the music not sung by the cast is also fun to listen to.

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