This is like a triple take, but a triple read. Read the following next sentence out loud in slow motion. Andrew Bird, OK Go, Weezer, My Morning Jacket And Others Cover The Muppets. That was weird, right? NPR says this about the album, “The Green Album, a new collection of Muppet songs covered lovingly by Andrew Bird, My Morning Jacket and other artists, provides one of those reminders. Hearing it for the first time ignited a heady rush of blithesome memories and emotions I’d not recalled or felt in years.” After listening to a sneak peek of the ‘Green Album,’ I felt comfort, like an old worn out smelly blanket covered in memories.
The Green Album, out August 23, sticks to songs written specifically for or performed by the Muppets, and culls from a deep catalog of fan favorites. OK Go kicks off the mix appropriately with a trippy, extended version of the Muppet Show theme song, the one that hails “the most sensational, inspirational, celebrational, Muppetational” show on earth. Weezer and Hayley Williams of Paramore trade verses in a wistful version of “Rainbow Connection.” Andrew Bird’s whistling and string arrangements reach well into the heart of “Bein’ Green.” And Rachael Yamagata‘s version of “I’m Going to Go Back There Some Day,” a song I’d long forgotten, brought tears to my eyes. MORE