Looking for a relaxing disc to play while you clean the house, read a book, watch the fireplace flicker? Rhino has released another Martha Stewart branded collection that might just do the trick for you. Martha Stewart Living: Quiet Time (Slow Songs for Days and Nights At Home) is a pleasant, easy listening collection that, rather than playing it safe and collecting a bunch of known hits, instead offers a wealth of big name artists performing either hits by others, or lesser known songs from their own catalogue. Eva Cassidyís 1996 recording of Stingís "Fields of Gold," Emmylou Harrisí 1975 cover of The Beatlesí moving "Here, There and Everywhere," Luka Bloomís slow, dramatic take on the old Elvis chestnut "Canít Help Falling in Love," are all fine offerings. Other standouts include Beth Neilsen Chapmanís gorgeous title track to her 1997 album "Sand and Water," Rosanne Cashís "Seventh Avenue," Sarah McLachlanís "Do What You Have To Do," and one of the only "current" songs on the collection, Amanda Ghostís delicate "Silver Lining," from her 2000 Warner Bros. debut.
If you want the opposite of easy listening, check out the new compilation from Smackdown/Columbia Records, WF Forceable Entry. This new World Wrestling Foundation affiliated disc includes manic rock tracks from Kid Rock, Disturbed, Limp Bizkit, Our Lady Peace, Rob Zombie, Marilyn Manson, Sevendust, Cypress Hill, Creed, Monster Magnet and more.
If youíre in the mood for oldies, the Legacy label has re-issued one of the most popular soundtracks ever Ė the soundtrack to the classic movie The Graduate. The disc includes all the original music from the movie by the original artists, but is released to correspond with the staging of the movie as a play on Broadway. The CD features Simon & Garfunkelís classics "Mrs. Robinson" and "The Sound of Silence," Harry Nilssonís "Everybodyís Talkiní," Donovanís "Sunshine Superman," Percy Faithís "Theme From ĎA Summer Placeí," The Beach Boysí "Wouldnít It Be Nice" and more.
On a more current note, the soundtrack to the movie Clockstoppers is out, and includes new and recent songs by modern rock acts Smash Mouth, Blink 182, Fenix TX, Lit, Nickelback, and Uncle Kracker, as well as Sugar Rayís hit cover of Steve Millerís "Abracadabra" and Third Eye Blindís hit "Never Let You Go."
The music from Dennis Quaid movie The Rookie runs in a more country direction, opening with Steve Earleís "Some Dreams" and continuing with John Fogertyís "Blue Moon Nights" from his last solo album (released in 1997). It also includes John Hiattís classic "Slow Turning" and songs from Jefferson Airplane, Allison Moorer, Guy Clark, Ryan Adams and Willie Nelson (turning in a easy galloping version of Beth Nielsen Chapmanís "Nothing I Can Do About It Now.")