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True Blood: Music From the HBO Original Series, Volume 2

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True Blood, Michelle Forbes, ... | BAD THINGS Stephen Moyer and Michelle Forbes of True Blood
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True Blood Volume 2 manages to both evoke its source — that supernatural ?Louisiana swamp of longing, bloodlust, and just…lust — and work apart from it, too. Lucinda Williams and Elvis ? Costello pine gorgeously in tandem (aching original ”Kiss Like Your Kiss”), their voices twining in richly patina’d harmony. Beck finds his inner crossroads blues-hound on the chugging ”Bad Blood,” while Robbie Robertson plays wry roadhouse journeyman on ”How to Become Clairvoyant.” Somewhere between old and new lies M. Ward’s cover of Howlin’ Wolf’s rollicking juke-jointer ”Howlin’ for My Baby,” reworked as a sweet rockabilly rambler. Even the familiar stuff holds its own: Junior Walker hollers (Motown nugget ”Shake and Fingerpop”), Screamin’ Jay Haw-?kins yowls (high-camp 1957 goof ”Frenzy”), Bob Dylan growls (last year’s ”Beyond Here Lies Nothin’?”), and all is pretty much right with the undead world. B+

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