Songs from Scandal: Music for Gladiators compiles a fraction of the music heard throughout the first two seasons of Scandal. Apart from the Album Leaf's atmospheric instrumental "The Light," originally released in 2006, and Bettye LaVette's retro-soul contribution "Crazy" (2012), the selections consist of hit R&B singles from the '60s and '70s. This is more a sampler that hits upon a variety of the series' moods. Among the featured artists: Rufus & Chaka Khan ("Tell Me Something Good"), Booker T. & the MG's ("Green Onions"), Marvin Gaye and Tammi Terrell ("You're All I Need to Get By"), and Nina Simone ("I Think It's Going to Rain Today").
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AllMusic Review by Andy Kellman