Although I've never even seen Dawson's Creek, I came across the soundtrack by chance one day, and I'm so glad I did. I had heard the song, "London Rain," on the radio and loved it, so when I saw it was on the album, I was curious to see what else was on it. I was pleasantly surprised to find that I like every song on the album.
Lyrically, I believe these songs are *excellent*. They are threaded with nostalgia, hope, wonderment, a touch of pain and a corresponding sense of wanting safety, security, love, friendship. And yes, a bit of sadness as well. It's a "bittersweet" collection of songs, mellow and reassuring, like a loyal golden retriever.
Favorites are "London Rain," "Crying Ophelia," and "Stay You." Other highlights are the "Feels Like Home" song, and the "Where will you go after me?" song (PJ Olson). And of course, the three hits "Shimmer," "I Don't Wanna Wait," and "Kiss Me," are brilliant. Fans of the song "Soulfully" (which is *not* on the CD), and which I read somewhere was in the show at some point should check out catie curtis' self-titled album.
The only drawback I can think of is that there seem to be a number of other great songs which weren't included. Hopefully, more compilations are on the way. Volume 2 is slated for an October 3, 2000 release, so that's a start.
I honestly like every song on this album. Which is nice, because it means I never have to skip tracks. :)