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  • "The Walking Dead AMC Original Soundtrack – Vol. 1" Album Review — 5 out of 5 stars

    Mon, 18 Mar 2013 09:42:21

    "The Walking Dead AMC Original Soundtrack – Vol. 1" Album Review — 5 out of 5 stars - By ARTISTdirect.com editor in chief Rick Florino…

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    It's not easy to musically replicate on-screen intensity.

    However, when it's done right, there's nothing better. That bring us to The Walking Dead AMC Original Soundtrack — Vol. 1. It's just as poignant, poetic, and powerful as the smash hit end-of-the-world epic is. It's also the most material-appropriate and best soundtrack of the year. Republic Records and AMC have compiled the perfect musical companion to the show, and here's why.

    Jamie N Commons' "Lead Me Home" is a tense, folky intro that feels like a zombie could be right around the corner. Meanwhile, UNKLE flips Bear McCreary's "Main Title Theme Song" into an industrialized electronic soundscape that's as danceable as it is deadly. Voxhaul Broadcast stand out with the grunged-out guitars of "You Are The Wilderness". It builds into a massive refrain that's utterly undeniable, exploding like a round from Rick Grimes' .44 magnum. Baby Bee maintain that same zombified heaviness with their sweaty blues rock romp "Love Bug". They'll make you want to get bitten. The Dactyl remix of Fink's "Warm Shadow" provides a strange sense of reprieve fitting for the series, and Of Monsters and Men give one of their most soulful cuts to date on the wildly wonderful "Sinking Man".

    The film's stars Emily Kinney and Lauren Cohan—Beth & Maggie Greene, respectively—serve up some transcendent Americana on "The Parting Glass", and it's emblematic of their multi-talents. Everything concludes on Delta Spirit's "Running", leaving a brutally beautiful last word.

    The Walking Dead AMC Original Soundtrack — Vol. 1 is everything it should be and so much more. If you love the show, buy it. If you love zombies, buy it. If you love music, buy it.

    Rick Florino
    03.18.13


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