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Nicholas Jennings

Various artists - Girls Volume 2: Music from the HBO Original Series

altMusic is central to Lena Dunham’s acclaimed TV series, about the post-college lives of four young women. So it’s natural that its second soundtrack sounds a lot like the personal playlist of Hannah and her friends. Where the last mixtape featured everything from Robyn’s buoyant “Dancing on My Own” to Icona Pop’s trashy “I Love It,” the latest is a heady mix of indie-pop old and new. Oasis’ 1995 classic “Wonderwall” sits comfortably alongside a recent remix of Cat Power’s “Free,” Beck’s new “Blue Moon” and Vampire Weekend’s update of Bruce Sprin...
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Various artists - The Music of Nashville: Season 2, Volume 1

nashvilleThere are more suds this year in TV’s frothiest soap opera with a twang, as rivalries heat up and relationships get even hotter. Beyond the dramatic twists and turns, music remains as strong and clear as a Tennessee church bell. Functioning almost like a record label, the acclaimed series has already generated several real-life hit songs on country radio. The first season’s soundtrack, released in two volumes, sold an impressive 2.6 million digital downloads. Now the stars of the series are back with more of the best new country music around. C...
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Various artists - The Music of Nashville: Season One, Volume Two

nashville2The hit TV series has won fans for its great songs as much as the cast. The second soundtrack disc features strong numbers from stars Connie Britton and Hayden Panettiere. But it’s the duets from Sam Palladio and Clare Bowen (“Fade into You”) and Canadian sisters Lennon and Maisy Stella (“Ho Hey”) that really steal the show.
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Various artists - Girls Volume 1

girlsWhen TV’s Girls debuted last year, its creator insisted that although her series also dealt with New York women, it wasn’t another Gossip Girl or Sex and the City. “Gossip Girl was teens duking it out on the Upper East Side and Sex and the City was women who figured out work and friends and now want to nail family life,” said Lena Dunham, also a star of the series. “There was this whole in between space that hasn’t really been addressed.” Focusing on the lives of four women in their early 20s, Girls became a runaway hit. Its soundtrack is equal...
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Nicholas Jennings

Various artists - The Music of Nashville: Season One, Volume One

nashville-900-6001-200x200One of the best new shows on television, Nashville is set in the country music capital about musicians struggling to make it or stay afloat in the industry. Connie Britton (Friday Night Lights) stars as Rayna James, an aging superstar competing with younger, sexier Juliette Barnes, played by Hayden Panettiere. The actors can really sing and the songs, woven seamlessly into each episode, have an appealing authenticity. Produced by Grammy and Oscar winner T-Bone Burnett, Nashville’s soundtrack offers fans a tasty, twangy souvenir. Some of the bes...
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Various artists - Music from Downton Abbey

downtonabbeyFans of the popular Edwardian drama will be instantly transported to the fictional Yorkshire country estate, the aristocratic Crawley family and their servants by this soundtrack. Along with sumptuous music by the Chamber Orchestra of London, it includes a stirring version of the theme sung by classical vocalist Mary-Jess.
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Glee cast - Glee: The Music Presents Glease

glease-1Gleeks hopelessly devoted to the TV show’s playlists will devour the cast’s take on the musical Grease. Hand-jiving their way through hits like “You’re the One that I Want” and “There Are Worse Things I Could Do” are regulars Cory Monteith (Finn) and Lea Michele (Rachel) and guest star Kate Hudson as Cassandra.
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