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True Blood: Music From and Inspired by The HBO Original Series

2009-06-01 08:42
True Blood

The most recognisable names on this compelling collection belong to Ryan Adams, who weighs in with his rather lovely Sheryl Crow duet "Two", fellow alt. country pioneer Lucinda Williams with her moody "Lake Charles", and Cobra Verde, who serves up an aptly vampiric mutation of the classic Stones come-on "Play with Fire".

The sounds and smell of steamy nights in the Louisiana bayou, the stalking ground for the vampire anti-heroes of the show, wafts over the soundtrack, leading you into its temptingly dark and dangerous world, before trapping you with this beguiling mood music.

It doesn’t take long for True Blood's powers of bewitchment to take effect. CC Adcock & The Lafayette Marquis' dense, malodorous stand-out "Bleed 2 Feed" is a slow-burning, devilishly sexy update on old-school New Orleans funk and Memphis blues. On the opposite end of the spectrum is the dreamy cover of The Cure's "Just Like Heaven" by The Watson Twins, the perfect encapsulation of TV's most doomed love affair, between waitress Sookie Stackhouse and the vampire Bill Compton.

Jace Everett's creepy theme song to the show's even creepier opening credits is included, along with some well-preserved notes from blues and folk legends Allen Toussaint, Slim Harpo and Dr. John, although there's enough here to excite anyone who thinks country and folk music begins and ends with the Dixie Chicks.

Watch the opening credits featuring Jace Everett's "Bad Things"

Twilight Schmilight. If vampires, grimy sex and twisted, gory pathos are your thing then steer clear of the Sweet Valley High shenanigans of that vampire phenomenon and lose yourself in the more adult, sexily sinister HBO series True Blood (the first season aired on MNET this year). Mixing swamp blues with country, folk and roots sounds, this heady mix is impossible to skip or take off repeat.

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