Rescue Me

Rescue Me

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Over the past few years, producers of TV series have really become serious about pumping their shows full of music that's appropriate and interesting, rather than merely background filler. The Sopranos has probably gotten the most attention for advancing the cause; but the folks behind Rescue Me, the dark show about firefighters that stars Dennis Leary,See more details below

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Over the past few years, producers of TV series have really become serious about pumping their shows full of music that's appropriate and interesting, rather than merely background filler. The Sopranos has probably gotten the most attention for advancing the cause; but the folks behind Rescue Me, the dark show about firefighters that stars Dennis Leary, acquit themselves nicely on this disc, which -- much like the show itself -- strikes a fine balance between brawling and bawling. The Von Bondies' "C'mon, C'mon," which was adopted as Rescue Me's theme song, falls squarely into the former category, as does the Black Keys' lusty and fuzzed-out "I'll Be Your Man." As for the sensitive side of the equation, the disc offers up such grippingly pensive pieces as Ray LaMontagne's "All the Wild Horses" -- a song that positively oozes the sort of masculine vulnerability that courses through many of the show's story lines -- and Tom McRae's "Karaoke Soul." Cutting closest to the bone are a pair of tracks from Greg Dulli -- one solo, one fronting the Twilight Singers -- that manage to graft the two polar emotional opposites into a sinister whole that makes for gloriously uneasy listening. Leary himself contributes a set of liner notes that actually illuminate the song-selection process -- making them as out of the ordinary as the soundtrack they accompany.

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All Music Guide - David Jeffries
If it had no connection to the television show, the soundtrack to Rescue Me would be an above average collection of alternative rock & roll. Taking the show into consideration, and how every track here is purposefully put to use on it, the collection is a much richer experience. Add producer, actor, and song selector Denis Leary's insightful liner notes and the set is a delight for fans. Leary explains his fascination with the emotive hard rock he's glued to on satellite radio and how he always listens with the show in mind. He explains how Rubyhorse's pensive "Fell on Bad Days" is a "personal favorite" and how it was applied to Leary's own character on the show, Tommy Gavin. Elsewhere in the notes, the personal and the fictional life blur, but they're stories best left for Leary to more eloquently tell, preferably while this CD is on the stereo. From the opening rave-up of the Von Bondies' "C'mon C'mon" -- which also serves as the show's theme song -- to the soft and yearning "Just a Dream" from Griffin House, the Rescue Me soundtrack satisfies anyone looking for an energetic mix of machismo and introspection. Regular viewers get not only this, but a chance to live in Leary's and his show's head while away from their television.

Product Details

Release Date:
05/30/2006
Label:
Nettwerk Records
UPC:
0067003056526
catalogNumber:
30565
Rank:
217331

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