Awesome Mix Vol. 2 Review

Awesome Mix Vol. 2 Review

After the acclaim that Vol. 1 got in 2014, it was interesting to see how James Gunn would follow up with Awesome Mix Vol. 2.  To read more about my opinion of Vol. 2, click on the post title!

In this review:

  • Summary
  • Advice for the Uncultured
  • Track by Track Review

SUMMARY

In my review of Vol. 1, I mentioned that there are many highly recognizable tracks like “I Want You Back” by the Jackson 5 and “Escape (The Piña Colada Song)” by Rupert Holmes.  The first Guardians of the Galaxy established that the songs on Vol. 2 had to be from a specific time period.  Instead of taking more popular songs from the ‘70s/’80s, Awesome Mix Vol. 2 includes more obscure songs.  True to my lack of culture, I honestly didn’t recognize any of the songs.

ADVICE FOR THE UNCULTURED

Just like Awesome Mix Vol. 1, I would highly recommend watching Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 before listening to the album.  Especially because the songs are less known, it’s nice to be able to simply watch the movie and have the songs revealed scene by scene.  Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 came out in May, so chances are that you can find cheap tickets at a local theater.

WARNING.  There are major spoilers in the track by track review.  Make sure to watch Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, and then come back here to read my thoughts on the tracks.

TRACK BY TRACK REVIEW

Unlike Guardians of the Galaxy, the sequel takes a subtler approach in the songs that are featured.  Since the songs are obscure, it’s difficult to place where the song is used in the movie.  Therefore, I’ll talk about the scenes that I do remember from the movie and give my favorite lyrics for each track.

  1. “Mr. Blue Sky” by Electric Light Orchestra

    1. If you have any trouble remembering where this song was in the movie, I’ll give you a clue: Baby Groot. The song itself is as cheerful as Baby Groot’s dancing and a great way to open the album.  My only complaint is that the song runs a little long for me when listening to it in the car, but it works perfectly in the movie.
    2. Where it’s used: Towards the beginning when Groot plugs in Rocket’s sound system as the rest of the Guardians are fighting a monster (I find it quite amusing that the Guardians have to keep on warning Groot to watch out, so he doesn’t get killed while dancing.)
    3. Favorite lyric: ♪♫♪ Sun is shinin’ in the sky/There ain’t a cloud in sight ♪♫♪
  1. “Fox On The Run” by The Sweet

    1. For some reason, the entire intro to this song reads like a, “Hey, we’re back!” which is perfect for a Guardians It’s such a head bobbing inducing song. I’m not quite sure what the song is about, but reading the lyrics now makes it seem like whoever the song is about wouldn’t appreciate what is being said about them.
    2. Where it’s used: Trailer (It’s the only song not featured in the movie.)
    3. Favorite lyrics: ♪♫♪ FOX ON THE RUN ♪♫♪
  1. “Lake Shore Drive” by Aliotta Haynes Jeremiah

    1. A pretty common theme for all the songs featured on 1 and Vol. 2 is that they make great road trip songs. This song is no exception.  I want to say that this song was used at the beginning when Ego and Meredith Quill are driving down a highway, but I can’t remember for sure.
    2. Favorite lyrics: ♪♫♪ From rags on up to riches fifteen minutes you can fly ♪♫♪
  1. “The Chain” by Fleetwood Mac

    1. Prior to 2, the only Fleetwood Mac song I knew was “Landslide.” The harmonies and the beat are what make the song interesting.  And what’s more rock ‘n’ roll than a guitar solo?
    2. Favorite lyrics: ♪♫♪ Listen to the wind blow, watch the sun rise ♪♫♪
  1. “Bring It On Home To Me” by Sam Cooke

    1. This song reminds me of a jukebox song much like “Fooled Around and Fell In Love,” which coincidentally was Track 5 on Awesome Mix Vol. 1. I like how it’s a slow song after the intense, rock tracks, but I still enjoy “Fooled Around and Fell In Love” more.
    2. Favorite lyrics: ♪♫♪ If you ever change your mind/About leaving, leaving me behind ♪♫♪
  1. “Southern Nights” by Glen Campbell

    1. I picture listening to this song on the way home from the beach. It’s like having a really fun day and reflecting on how it was the best day ever.  I particularly like the instrumentals for this one.
    2. Favorite lyrics: ♪♫♪ Free as a breeze/Not to mention the trees/Whistling tunes that you know and love so ♪♫♪
  1. “My Sweet Lord” by George Harrison

    1. If “Southern Nights” is like a drive home from the beach, this song opens like a drive on the way to the beach or when the sun is setting and the bonfire is just getting ready. Instead of a head bobbing song, it’s more of a gentle sway from side to side.  This song has that added factor of being sung by a Beatle.
    2. Favorite lyrics: ♪♫♪ I really want to see you ♪♫♪
  1. “Brandy (You’re A Fine Girl)” by Looking Glass

    1. I really like the ‘70s vibe and storytelling in this song. Make sure to pay special attention to the lyrics.
    2. Where it’s used: It’s used during the part when Ego is talking to Star-Lord about his mom and how much he loved her.
    3. Favorite lyrics: ♪♫♪ There’s a port on a western bay/And it serves a hundred ships a day ♪♫♪
  1. “Come A Little Bit Closer” by Jay & The Americans

    1. Do you ever hear a song and it reminds you of another song? This song reminds me of “La Bamba” (Turns out other people think so too since the association pops up on Google).  It’s still a great song despite having a similar melody.  The story is also funny in this one.
    2. Where it’s used: This song plays when Groot and Yondu are slaying ravagers left and right during their escape (Rocket is there too, but who could notice that when Yondu is doing his arrow-mind thing and Baby Groot is angry/adorable?)
    3. Favorite lyrics: ♪♫♪ I’m all alone/And the night is so long ♪♫♪
  1. “Wham Bam Shang-a-Lang” by Silver

    1. For anyone who was a fan of the Disney Channel show Phineas and Ferb, this song reminds me of “Gitchee Gitchee Goo” (Not because the melodies are at all similar, but because both use nonsense lyrics effectively in a love song).
    2. Favorite lyrics: ♪♫♪ Careful now don’t get caught in your dreams ♪♫♪
  1. “Surrender” by Cheap Trick

    1. “Surrender” reminds me of “1985” by Bowling for Soup and “Teenage Dirtbag” by Wheatus with its teenage sentiment.
    2. Favorite lyrics: ♪♫♪ They just seem a little weird ♪♫♪
  1. “Father And Son” by Cat Stevens

    1. The soft guitar and melody makes me think of a rock concert where the audience would take out their lighters and wave it back and forth. It’s the kind of song that you would picture playing while rain is pouring, and there probably isn’t a better fitting song for the part that it’s in the movie.
    2. Where it’s used: At a funeral (I’m not mentioning who just in case.)
    3. Favorite lyrics: ♪♫♪ Look at me, I am old, but I’m happy ♪♫♪
  1. “Flash Light” by Parliament

    1. This song has a funky groove to it. If I remember correctly, it’s the first song in the credits.  It’s almost like a way to dance out of the theater after such a funny and devastating movie.
    2. Where it’s used: 1st Credits Song (I think)
    3. Favorite lyrics: ♪♫♪ I guess I’ll go count the sheep ♪♫♪
  1. “Guardians Inferno [feat. David Hasselhoff]” by The Sneepers

    1. “Guardians Inferno” is spectacular for two main reasons. One, I have been a fan of the Guardians score ever since the 1st movie came out, so it’s nice to hear it used in this song.  Second, it’s the one and only original song for the Guardians of the Galaxy franchise so far and that in itself deserves some recognition.  The song is nonsensical and silly just like the Guardians of the Galaxy and having David Hasselhoff play a part in it puts the song over-the-top.
    2. Where it’s used: 2nd Credits Song
    3. Favorite lyrics: ♪♫♪ I didn’t learn parenting/My daddy was a planet ♪♫♪

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