Below is a review we came across in the Santa Barbara Independent of the second Grey's Anatomy music compilation. As many know, it's a terrific listen. And if you don't know that by now, visit our page devoted to the second Grey's Anatomy soundtrack and buy it, already!
The plaintive first track, “How to Save a Life,” by The Fray, illustrates an intervention, one painful step at a time, setting the tone for lots of reflecting, which is what the show’s narrator, Meredith Grey, is known for.
On the delightful “Miss Halfway,” Anya Marina sings about her own perceived imperfections while trying to warn others “I’m gonna burn a pie now and then / I’m gonna say the wrong things to your friends...”
Nevertheless, we are charmed.
A little Gomez never hurts and “How We Operate” is a clever inclusion, complicated in the best of ways. This is probably the only track that genuinely rocks, although others, like “Monster Hospital” by Metric and “Sexy Mistake” by the Chalets, certainly try.
The only track written specifically for the show (for last year’s season finale, "Losing My Religion"), is “Grace” by Kate Havnevik. Kate comes across as a breathy, sedated Bjork while singing about getting through tragedy while holding it together, turning her “grief to grace.” It's a great song.
Gran Bel Fisher’s “Bound by Love” is, as expected, a flat-out declaration of love. Not terribly notable except when it stands as stark contrast to the track following it, “I Hate Everyone” by Get Set Go, which is a simple, flat-out declaration of hate.
Overall, what we have here is a dreamy set of songs sure to make you wonder why you never went to medical school — or at least married Patrick Dempsey. Here's another link to the soundtrack in case you want to pick up this great compilation.