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Powerpuff Girls: The City of Soundsville

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In keeping with all things Powerpuff, Powerpuff Girls: The City of Soundsville mixes the cute and cool -- not to mention sugar and spice -- in equal measure. This collection of The Powerpuff Girls' main musical themes blends classic action and suspense soundtrack elements with hip, yet appropriately cartoonish, beats, making it both a soundtrack and a full-fledged dance album. Above all, The City of Soundsville spotlights the show's personality, as well as its distinctive characters. "Blossom" expresses the lead Powerpuff's take-charge style with an insistent, four-on-the-floor house beat; Buttercup's take-no-prisoners attitude is reflected in the chugging guitars and muscular beats of her theme; and "Bubbles" captures the sweetest Powerpuff's personality in its twinkly, minimal melody and lighter-than-air rhythms, which recall Pizzicato 5's stylish, whimsical sound. Likewise, the show's villains and supporting characters each get imaginative -- and danceable -- tracks, spanning "Professor"'s crisp, percolating techno; the funky disco of "Boogie Man"; "Amoeba Boys"' appropriately squelchy dub; and "Fuzzy Lumpkins"' demented fusion of big-beat and bluegrass. The dance remix of the show's main title and "Townsville" also pay homage to Tom Kenny, the cartoon voice maestro and Mr. Show alumnus who does the show's wonderful narration. Rounded out by "Hearts and Stars," an extended instrumental remix of the main title music, and "Super Secret City of Soundsville Song" -- an extended remix of Bis' theme song for the show, The City of Soundsville is a complete delight, and just as necessary for Powerpuff Girls fans as 2000's The Powerpuff Girls: Heroes and Villains. By capturing the show's creative, slightly edgy vibe and adding a clever new twist, The City of Soundsville is without a doubt one of the coolest children's albums in recent memory.

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