Over the years, The Muppets have added a fair bit of levity and charm to pop songs of all stripes in recent memory, they popped up in an outdoor performance of LCD Soundsystems Dance Yrself Clean and lent a bit of whimsy to Kanye, Jay and Nikkis Monster. But have we forgotten that the Muppets themselves have always been straight-ahead, irony-free, and we loved them all the more for it? Not to mention, theyve had an impressive catalog of songs written specifically for and performed by them songs that hit on simple truths and pure feelings. The Green Album celebrates the ongoing legacy of the Muppets, with a slew of performers contributing their covers in tribute: Alkaline Trio, ripping through the bouncy Movin Right Along, Weezer performing Rainbow Connection, and Andrew Bird reminding us of the small-yet-big beauty of Bein Green, a ballad that should endure. Heres to you, Kermit.
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