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The Music of Nashville: Season 3, Vol. 2

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AllMusic Review by Thom Jurek

The ABC television series Nashville has created a cottage industry with its soundtrack releases. This is the eighth if you include the compilation and holiday volumes. What's more, these releases have become excellent showcases for real-life up-and-coming and veteran songwriters in Music City. Season 3, Vol. 2 features a slew of highlights. Among them are the version of John Hiatt's "Have a Little Faith in Me," delivered by Will Chase and Maisy Stella. Chase's duet with newcomer Laura Benanti on "Can't Help My Heart" is a close second for best track. Speaking of duets, Sam Palladio and Clare Bowen deliver "Longer," underscoring why their vocal chemistry has been a mainstay of the show. The song, written by Andrea Davidson, reveals one of the reasons contemporary country has such crossover appeal, as it crosses through rock and pop and touches on R&B. Palladio and Bowen also team with Jonathan Jackson (as the XXX's) on the stomping "Borrow My Heart," written by Lia and Phillip LaRue; it contains trace influences from the Everly Brothers as well as the '80s country of Rosanne Cash and Rodney Crowell. One of the genuine surprises here -- and on television -- has been the musical development of Aubrey Peeples' character, Layla Grant. "I Found a Way," written by Adam and Shannon Wright, weds bright, West Coast singer/songwriter fare to pop-country. The two series principals, Connie Britton and Hayden Panettiere, have minimal representation here but it hardly matters. Britton delivers the poignant "This Is Real Life" with Lennon and Maisy Stella (these real-life sisters also have two excellent selections of their own in "Heart on Fire" and "I've Got You"), while Panettiere offers "Mississippi Flood." Of the two released versions of the soundtrack, the physical one contains eight more tracks. Either way, with only a couple of missteps, this is not only a worthy addition to the previous volumes, it's one of the most consistent.

Track Listing

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
1 Nashville Cast feat: Clare Bowen / Jonathan Jackson / Sam Palladio 03:33 Amazon
2 Nashville Cast feat: Laura Benanti / Will Chase 03:59 Amazon
3 Nashville Cast feat: Chris Carmack 02:44 Amazon
4 Nashville Cast feat: Clare Bowen / Sam Palladio 03:27 Amazon
5 Nashville Cast feat: Connie Britton / Lennon & Maisy 03:53 Amazon
6 Nashville Cast feat: Aubrey Peeples 03:10 Amazon
7 Nashville Cast feat: Connie Britton / Charles Esten 02:52 Amazon
8 Nashville Cast feat: Lennon & Maisy 02:48 Amazon
9 Nashville Cast feat: Clare Bowen / Jonathan Jackson / Sam Palladio 02:47 Amazon
10 Nashville Cast feat: Laura Benanti 02:55 Amazon
11 Nashville Cast feat: Will Chase 02:58 Amazon
12 Nashville Cast feat: Chris Carmack 03:42 Amazon
13 Nashville Cast feat: Jonathan Jackson / Hayden Panettiere 01:47 Amazon
14 Nashville Cast feat: Hayden Panettiere 03:02 Amazon
15 Nashville Cast feat: Jonathan Jackson 02:55 Amazon
16 Nashville Cast feat: Lennon & Maisy 03:17 Amazon
17 Nashville Cast feat: Aubrey Peeples 02:31 Amazon
18 Nashville Cast feat: Will Chase / Maisy Stella 03:55 Amazon
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