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Neon Trees Team with Tim Burton for "Frankenweenie: Unleashed!" Album

Image courtesy of Walt Disney Records (via ABC News Radio)
Image courtesy of Walt Disney Records (via ABC News Radio)

When director Tim Burton 's movie Alice in Wonderland came out, a whole bunch of artists, including Shinedown , Franz Ferdinand and Wolfmother , recorded an entire album called Almost Alice, featuring new songs that were "inspired" by the movie.  Now, a similar album is in stores that goes along with Burton's new movie, Frankenweenie.  It's called Frankenweenie: Unleashed!, and among the artists participating are Neon Trees , Grouplove , AWOLNATION , Imagine Dragons and Mark Foster of Foster the People .

Frankenweenie , in theaters Friday, is a full-length movie version of a stop-motion animated short Tim Burton made in 1984 about a kid named Victor who brings his dead dog back to life.  The voice cast includes Winona Ryder as Elsa, a girl who is Victor's love interest.  She's featured on the album as well, singing a song in character called "Praise Be New Holland."

Speaking about their involvement in the album project, Neon Trees frontman Tyler Glenn tells ABC News Radio, "We're on a CD with Winona Ryder!  That's kinda weird, I didn't know she was singing, [but] that's great!"

He adds, "I saw the movie before it was done, but I saw the full thing, and I got a real nice feel for the movie."  The result was a new Neon Trees song, "Electric Heart (Stay Forever)" which Tyler describes as sounding like a mix between two British alternative rock groups of the '80s: The Jesus + Mary Chain and Flesh for Lulu .

"It almost sounds like a Flesh for Lulu ripoff, so you be the judge," says Tyler, adding, "But I don't think enough fans of ours even know who that is, so it'll be alright!"

Overall, Tyler said he was psyched to be included on the album, noting, "I was a big fan of the short film, I would watch it every Halloween on the Disney Channel.  I love being a part of it.  I love Tim Burton, I love the gothic nature of it...[and] it's fun to write songs where you're focused on a project, and maybe not worried about it becoming a hit or anything."

Neon Trees will wrap up their tour this weekend in Las Vegas.

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