Buena Vista Records is set to release an album that puts a musical mad hatter's spin on Alice and her magical Wonderland. Inspired by Lewis Carroll's beloved storybooks and director Tim Burton's latest cinematic creation Alice in Wonderland, ALMOST ALICE boasts an eclectic array of recording artists with original songs based on some of the most charismatic characters in literary history. Among the compilation's highlights are "Alice" by Avril Lavigne; the All-American Rejects' acoustic-driven "The Poison;" and the Cure's Robert Smith with a haunting update of "Very Good Advice," a song from the original 1951 Disney animated feature, Alice in Wonderland. ALMOST ALICE arrives at stores and online retailers March 2, with the film premiering in Disney Digital 3D™ March 5.
Canadian-born singer-songwriter Lavigne wrote and performed the album's lead track, "Alice," which serves as the film's end title song. The music video has been directed by Dave Meyers. Said Lavigne of the song and of working with director Tim Burton, "I channeled Alice and tried to imagine what it was like to fall into this otherworld with such a cast of odd characters. Alice just keeps it together and gets through." Lavigne has sold more than 30 million albums worldwide, earned 8 Grammy nominations and 7 Canadian Juno Awards. She is currently working on her fourth studio album.
Among other album highlights, ALMOST ALICE features "In Transit" performed by blink-182's Mark Hoppus and Fall Out Boy's Pete Wentz; "Painting Flowers," an epic guitar driven alternative rocker from All Time Low; the funky pop track "Follow Me Down " from 3OH!3 featuring Neon Hitch; and, from one Grace to another, a faithful rendition of Jefferson Airplane's 1967 hit "White Rabbit," performed by Grace Potter and the Nocturnals.
Brian Malouf, executive producer of ALMOST ALICE, had no trouble assembling artists for the project. "Alice in Wonderland, along with visionary director Tim Burton and star Johnny Depp, conjures up a lot of healthy interest," Malouf said. "It was an easy sell." According to Malouf, artists were free to explore elements from the film and Lewis Carroll's books to develop their own individual interpretations. "Everyone knew the stories," Malouf added. "With Tim Burton's film and now the music, the stories will continue to work their way through generations."
Added director Tim Burton of the ALMOST ALICE project, "It's cool to see how people take that one kind of idea of what Alice is and then just do their own interpretation. I think Avril Lavigne really captured the voice of what Alice is and what the character is. Avril has a new kind of strength and gravity in her voice, which is quite strong and I think really fits the character and feel of the movie."
The track list for ALMOST ALICE is as follows:
- "Alice" Performed by Avril Lavigne
- "The Poison" Performed by The All-American Rejects
- "The Technicolor Phase" Performed by Owl City (previously released)
- "Her Name Is Alice" Performed by Shinedown
- "Painting Flowers" Performed by All Time Low
- "Where's My Angel" Performed by Metro Station
- "Strange" Performed by Tokio Hotel and Kerli
- "Follow Me Down" Performed by 3OH!3 featuring Neon Hitch
- "Very Good Advice" Performed by Robert Smith
- "In Transit" Performed by Mark Hoppus with Pete Wentz
- "Welcome to Mystery" Performed by Plain White T's
- "Tea Party" Performed by Kerli
- "The Lobster Quadrille" Performed by Franz Ferdinand
- "Always Running Out of Time" Performed by Motion City Soundtrack
- "Fell Down a Hole" Performed by Wolfmother
- "White Rabbit" Performed by Grace Potter and the Nocturnals
The iTunes version will have an exclusive track from Grammy-winning duo They Might Be Giants with "You Are Old, Father William." ALMOST ALICE will be available March 2, 2010 wherever music is sold.