True Blood: Music from the HBO Original Series, Vol. 4

True Blood: Music from the HBO Original Series, Vol. 4

     
 

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Like another popular vampire franchise, True Blood's soundtracks became increasingly star-studded with each volume. True Blood Vol. 4: Music from the Original HBO Series is no exception, kicking off with a pair of duets featuring Eric Burdon and …  See more details below

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Like another popular vampire franchise, True Blood's soundtracks became increasingly star-studded with each volume. True Blood Vol. 4: Music from the Original HBO Series is no exception, kicking off with a pair of duets featuring Eric Burdon and Jenny Lewis and Iggy Pop and Bethany Cosentino, respectively, as well as tracks by venerable indie acts like My Morning Jacket and trendier names like the Naked and Famous. Despite the increased starpower, the brooding-yet-campy vibe of True Blood's music remains strong, particularly on driving tracks like Mobley's bluesy take on the Beatles' "I Wanna Be Your Man" and theatrical ones like Los Lobos' version of the chestnut "We'll Meet Again." At times, songs like these border on overdone, but then again, True Blood has never been much for subtlety. And while some of the collection's star turns work well, such as Warpaint's delicate lament "Undertow" and the Flaming Lips' "Your Face Can Tell the Future" -- which is far more winsome and bittersweet than the epic bleakness they explored on The Terror -- often the biggest pleasures here are the simplest. Koko Taylor's "Whatever I Am, You Made Me" and Howlin' Wolf's ubiquitous but still great "Smokestack Lightnin'" both sound like cuts off of Merlotte's jukebox, while Alabama Shakes' rollicking "Pocket Change" has a bouncy, almost Cajun feel that fits right into the proceedings. True Blood's soundtracks were more interesting when they highlighted older or lesser-known songs and artists that nevertheless captured the show's feel perfectly; despite this, and the fact that this is one of the series' most disjointed collections of tracks, there are still quite a few good songs here.

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Product Details

Release Date:
05/28/2013
Label:
Ato Records
UPC:
0880882186128
catalogNumber:
186
Rank:
58409

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Album Credits

Technical Credits

Willie Dixon   Producer
Pete Seeger   Composer,Adaptation
Flaming Lips   Producer
John Lennon   Composer
Paul McCartney   Composer
Leonard Chess   Producer
Phil Chess   Producer
Paul Corkett   Producer
Dave Fridmann   Producer
Lobos   Producer
John Mellencamp   Composer
Herb Jordan   Executive Producer
Scott Booker   Producer
Wayne Coyne   Composer
Owen Husney   Executive Producer
Aaron Short   Producer
John Would   Producer
Jim James   Producer
Tom Biller   Producer
Robin C. Hendrickson   Layout
Lars Stalfors   Producer
Heavy   Producer
Alan Ball   Executive Producer
G. Caldwell   Composer
M. Ivins   Composer
B. Howard   Composer
S. Johnson   Composer
A. Short   Composer
R. Parker   Composer
S. Marcus   Composer
B. Benjamin   Composer
T. Powers   Composer
Steve Gillis   Engineer
Andrija Tokic   Engineer
C. Burnett   Composer
Bosco Delrey   Producer
Thom Powers   Producer
Brendan McReynolds   Engineer
Alabama Shakes   Producer
Stephanie Alexa   Soundtrack Music Clearance
C. Ellul   Composer
K. Swaby   Composer
Janis Fein   Art Direction
Anthony Watkins   Producer

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