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The Bob's Burgers Music Album, Vol. 2

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The Bob's Burgers Music Album, Vol. 2 Review

by Heather Phares

By the time The Bob’s Burgers Music Album, Vol. 2 appeared, the beloved animated show was enough of an institution that it could lean into its strengths -- inspired silliness and endearingly goofy vocal performances -- proudly. There's plenty of both on this collection, even though the set covers three seasons of music as opposed to the whopping six contained on The Bob's Burgers Music Album. Once again, the series' music gives each character and cast member time to shine. H. Jon Benjamin's Bob Belcher loves food and his family as ever on "Nothing Makes Me Happier" and "Regular Fries" (aka Nick Lowe's "Cruel to Be Kind"); Eugene Mirman's Gene remains gleefully uninhibited on "Sexy Little Tiger;" Dan Mintz's Tina is still an unabashed (if deadpan) romantic on "Briefest of Glances;" Kristen Schaal's Louise is a ball of vengeful fury on "Not the Forgiving Type;" and John Roberts' Linda continues to make every moment into a musical on songs like "Happy Birthday We Forgot." Even Kevin Kline's Mr. Fischoder gets a cameo on "Nothing Makes Me Happy." However, the real standout this time is Larry Murphy's Teddy, the sad sack with a huge heart who's also the Belchers' favorite customer. Murphy brings a charming karaoke exuberance to Teddy's version of "Beyond the Sea" and his duets with Roberts on "The Time of My Life" and "Street Life." The incredibly catchy little songs written by Loren Bouchard and the rest of the series' creative team, such as "Cat Training" and "Chunky Blast Offs," continue to tie the whole show together with an extra dose of fun. The biggest difference between the music from the show's earlier seasons and the songs on The Bob’s Burgers Music Album, Vol. 2 is that the music is even more integrated into Bob's Burgers' increasingly rich storytelling. The songs from the episode "Flu-ouise" cleverly hark back to The Wizard of Oz, while the tracks from "The Laser-inth" lovingly parody hard rock and heavy metal better than any animated show since Metalocalypse. Of course, it wouldn't be Bob's Burgers without some Boyz 4 Now, and the music from "Just One of the Boyz 4 Now 4 Now" sends up boy band pop and gender-swapping teen comedies with equal brilliance. While these soundtracks within a soundtrack are especially impressive, the collection also has plenty of smaller delights like the Bowie-esque "Watching You from a Distant Place," which shows off a totally different side of Roberts' vocal chops, and "Hot Pants Rain Dance," a piece of ecstatic disco that's all about letting go and having fun -- in other words, the whole point of Bob's Burgers. There may be nothing quite as iconic as "Electric Love" or "Bad Things Happen in the Bathroom," but The Bob’s Burgers Music Album, Vol. 2 is still a hugely entertaining showcase for the series' creativity as it approached its tenth season.

Track Listing - Disc 1

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
1 Bob's Burgers 02:00 Amazon
2 Bob's Burgers 01:16 Amazon
3 Bob's Burgers 01:21 Amazon
4 Bob's Burgers 01:07 Amazon
5 Bob's Burgers 00:50 Amazon
6 Bob's Burgers 01:54 Amazon
7 Bob's Burgers 00:50 Amazon
8 Bob's Burgers 03:06 Amazon
9 Bob's Burgers 00:36 Amazon
10 Bob's Burgers 00:59 Amazon
11 Bob's Burgers 01:45 Amazon
12 Bob's Burgers 01:49 Amazon
13 Bob's Burgers 01:19 Amazon
14 Bob's Burgers 00:39 Amazon
15 Bob's Burgers 01:01 Amazon
16 Bob's Burgers 01:51 Amazon
17 Bob's Burgers 01:01 Amazon
18 Bob's Burgers 00:54 Amazon
19 Bob's Burgers 00:48 Amazon
20 Bob's Burgers 00:40 Amazon
21 Bob's Burgers 01:04 Amazon
22 Bob's Burgers 00:55 Amazon
23 Bob's Burgers 00:44 Amazon
24 Bob's Burgers 00:53 Amazon
25 Bob's Burgers 01:20 Amazon
26 Bob's Burgers 01:34 Amazon
27 Bob's Burgers 01:34 Amazon
28 Bob's Burgers 00:55 Amazon
29 Bob's Burgers 00:55 Amazon
30 Bob's Burgers 00:45 Amazon
31 Bob's Burgers 03:03 Amazon
32 Bob's Burgers 00:35 Amazon
33 Bob's Burgers 02:02 Amazon
34 Bob's Burgers 02:51 Amazon
35 Bob's Burgers 01:09 Amazon
36 Bob's Burgers 00:42 Amazon
37 Bob's Burgers 01:02 Amazon
38 Bob's Burgers 01:39 Amazon
39 Bob's Burgers 01:14 Amazon
40 Bob's Burgers 01:08 Amazon

Track Listing - Disc 2

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
1 Bob's Burgers 01:32 Amazon
2 Bob's Burgers 01:01 Amazon
3 Bob's Burgers 01:30 Amazon
4 Bob's Burgers 01:36 Amazon
5 Bob's Burgers 00:41 Amazon
6 Bob's Burgers 00:58 Amazon
7 Bob's Burgers 01:38 Amazon
8 Bob's Burgers 02:27 Amazon
9 Bob's Burgers 00:58 Amazon
10 Bob's Burgers 00:58 Amazon
11 Bob's Burgers 00:59 Amazon
12 Bob's Burgers 00:55 Amazon
13 Bob's Burgers 00:49 Amazon
14 Bob's Burgers 00:46 Amazon
15 Bob's Burgers 00:44 Amazon
16 Bob's Burgers 00:58 Amazon
17 Bob's Burgers 01:09 Amazon
18 Bob's Burgers 01:23 Amazon
19 Bob's Burgers 01:19 Amazon
20 Bob's Burgers 00:38 Amazon
21 Bob's Burgers 00:48 Amazon
22 Bob's Burgers 01:15 Amazon
23 Bob's Burgers 00:39 Amazon
24 Bob's Burgers 00:31 Amazon
25 Bob's Burgers 01:34 Amazon
26 Bob's Burgers 02:06 Amazon
27 Bob's Burgers 01:44 Amazon
28 Bob's Burgers 01:34 Amazon
29 Bob's Burgers 01:22 Amazon
30 Bob's Burgers 00:38 Amazon
31 Bob's Burgers 00:53 Amazon
32 Bob's Burgers 00:34 Amazon
33 Bob's Burgers 01:03 Amazon
34 Bob's Burgers 00:51 Amazon
35 Bob's Burgers 00:45 Amazon
36 Bob's Burgers 01:23 Amazon
37 Bob's Burgers 01:18 Amazon
38 Bob's Burgers 00:48 Amazon
39 Bob's Burgers 01:01 Amazon
40 Bob's Burgers 00:43 Amazon
41 Bob's Burgers 00:42 Amazon
42 Bob's Burgers 01:06 Amazon
43 Bob's Burgers 00:43 Amazon
44 Bob's Burgers 01:41 Amazon
45 Bob's Burgers 01:23 Amazon
46 Bob's Burgers 00:41 Amazon
47 Bob's Burgers 00:45 Amazon
48 Bob's Burgers 00:58 Amazon
49 Bob's Burgers 01:05 Amazon
50 Bob's Burgers 00:44 Amazon
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