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

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All Music Guide - Heather Phares
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...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Heather Phares
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: 5/28/2013
  • Label: Ato Records
  • UPC: 880882186128
  • Catalog Number: 186
  • Sales rank: 38,082

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Don't Let Me Be Misunderstood - Jenny Lewis (3:15)
  2. 2 Let's Boot and Rally - Bethany Cosentino (2:54)
  3. 3 What Makes a Good Man? - The Heavy (3:48)
  4. 4 Smokestack Lightnin' - Howlin' Wolf (3:09)
  5. 5 Pocket Change - Alabama Shakes (2:26)
  6. 6 Authority Song - Bosco Delrey (3:28)
  7. 7 Turn Turn Turn (To Everything There Is a Season) - My Morning Jacket (4:35)
  8. 8 Your Face Can Tell the Future - The Flaming Lips (5:21)
  9. 9 The Sun - The Naked and Famous (3:56)
  10. 10 Undertow - Warpaint (5:53)
  11. 11 I Wanna Be Your Man - Mobley (2:30)
  12. 12 (She's A) Wanderer - Deap Vally (2:24)
  13. 13 Whatever I Am, You Made Me - Koko Taylor (2:29)
  14. 14 We'll Meet Again - Los Lobos (2:46)
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Album Credits

Technical Credits
Willie Dixon Producer
The Flaming Lips Producer
John Lennon Composer
Paul McCartney Composer
Leonard Chess Producer
Phil Chess Producer
Paul Corkett Producer
Dave Fridmann Producer
Los Lobos Producer
Herb Jordan Executive Producer
Scott Booker Producer
Wayne Coyne Composer
Owen Husney Executive Producer
Aaron Short Producer
John Would Producer
Kevin Bartley Mastering
Jim James Producer
Tom Biller Producer
Robin C. Hendrickson Layout
Lars Stalfors Producer
The Heavy Producer
Alan Ball Executive Producer
G. Caldwell Composer
M. Ivins Composer
B. Howard Composer
P. Seeger Composer, Adaptation
J. Mellencamp 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 II Producer
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