Friday, January 18, 2013

CD Review: Great Music Fills "Californication" Soundtrack

The original Showtime series, “Californication” has completed its sixth season and to celebrate, eOne Music is releasing the album, “Music From The Showtime Series Californication Season 6.” The television series centers around Hank Moody (David Duchovny) as a hedonistic novelist who struggles to be a good father to his college-aged daughter and who still carries a flame for his ex-girlfriend. The series has won several awards including Emmys in 2008, 2009 and a Golden Globe in 2008.

The album is choke full of rock, including five outstanding cover songs and originals including Johnny Thunders’ “You Can’t Put Your Arms Around A Memory,” Warren Zevon’s "For My Next Trick, I’ll Need A Volunteer” and Joe Walsh’s “Funk 50.” The soundtrack also includes a previously unreleased song, “So Long (As We Are Together)” from Australian musician/comedian/actor Tim Minchin. But the real gems on this album are the diversity of the cover songs from the likes of punk rocker Steve Jones (Sex Pistols) performing David Bowie’s “Suffragette City” to folk/pop artist Lissie performing Metallica’s “Nothing Else Matters.” The adrenaline gets flowing during Marilyn Manson’s cover of Depeche Mode’s “Personal Jesus,” the highlight of the album is Ryan Adams’ acoustic version of Iron Maiden’s “Wasted Years.” The album closes with the mellow grunge sounds of The Soundtrack Of Our Lives with “What’s Your Story” and Beth Hart’s gentle “My California.”

For more information on the tv show “Californication,” please visit http://www.sho.com/sho/californication/home.

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