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Music from "The OC": Mix 5

When popular Atlanta rapper T.I. inexplicably popped up in a performance sequence on the spring break episode of last season's "The OC," it looked like things were about to get crunk behind the Orange Curtain for a minute there. But the show is instead known for its affinity for shouty, danceable rock, and has stayed fairly consistent on that course, as evidenced in its latest soundtrack collection of tunes from old and new episodes.

With contributions from the likes of the Subways, Gorillaz, and Kaiser Chiefs, a carefree bop of a groove is established from the start. LCD Soundsystem makes a hipster reference of its own with the song "Daft Punk is Playing at My House," while Australia's Youth Group transforms Alphaville's 1984 hit "Forever Young" into something a bit less gay and Teutonic.

Listeners could probably do without the epic, brooding rework of the theme song (Phantom Planet's "California"). However, it does nicely precede the dour note on which the collection ends: Imogen Heap feigning Laurie Anderson on "Hide and Seek," forever marked as a creepy tune when it played after Marissa (Mischa Barton) shot her on-again, off-again boyfriend's brother on the show. See, life's not all fine and dandy in "The OC," and that's reflected on this compilation. Oh, the drama!

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