Tuesday, June 11, 2013

CD Review: Mellencamp, Burnett and King Resurrect The "Ghost Brothers"

Hear Music/Concord Music Group recently released the soundtrack of the collaborated musical from Stephen King, John Mellencamp and T Bone Burnett entitled, “Ghost Brothers of Darkland County.” The soundtrack was released on June 4 and features an all-star cast of musicians and singers including Elvis Costello, Sheryl Crow, Rosanne Cash, Taj Mahal, Neko Case and others. This album is packed to the brim with 17 songs and interludes that tell the supernatural story of love, jealousy and revenge.
An introduction by The Zydeco Cowboy (Glen Morshower) is one of 18 interludes written by Stephen King specifically for this soundtrack to help with the development of the story through song. Elvis Costello sounds like he’s been hanging around the bayou on this southern acoustic number called “That’s Me.” Neko Case’s vocals in “That’s Who I Am” are very refreshing, leading the way on this country jaunt. Ryan Bingham and Will Dailey trade lyrics on the boogie swamp blues of “Brotherly Love” and Kris Kristofferson lends his deep, aged vocals to the pounding drumbeat of “How Many Days.” The collaboration between Sheryl Crow and Taj Mahal create a truly exceptional sound as heard in the song “Home Again." Sheryl Crow’s vocals take over the soundtrack, sweetening the songs “Away From This World” “And Your Days Are Gone” and “Junkin.”Singer/songwriter John Mellencamp finally gets into the act with the closing song “Truth” as his weathered voice warms up to the song’s gospel chorus.
This album was released as single standard edition CD, a deluxe CD/DVD set which includes the soundtrack and a “making of” documentary and also a hardcover edition which includes 2 CDs, 1 DVD in a hard, leatherette holder. To find out more about this exciting collaboration, please visit ghostbrothersofdarklandcounty.com.

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