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Stephen King, John Mellencamp & T Bone Burnett, Ghost Brothers Of Darkland County
(Hear Music/Concord Music Group)

06/06/13
By Eric Saeger news@hippopress.com



Assuming you haven’t heard anything about this, it’s a star-studded soundtrack version of the musical that debuted in Atlanta last year, book written by the famous horror writer, music written by Mellencamp, muddy bluegrass atmosphere courtesy of the workaholic Burnett. Seventeen songs on board, sung by Elvis Costello, Rosanne Cash, Sheryl Crow, etc., and it even gets meta: brothers Dave and Phil Alvin share a duet (“So Goddam Smart”) after not having spoken to each other in years, which hints at what the story is about, two brothers who died fighting over a woman and who now haunt their old Mississippi cabin, where two descendants appear poised to repeat the same dark history. To me, there are no surprises whatsoever, what with all the slide guitar and broke-down baritone grumbling, but the best stuff does come from the unlikeliest entries: Neko Case’s square-dancin’ “That’s Who I Am,” and a blow-doors tarantula-crawling blooz-stomper mailed in from Taj Mahal (“Tear This Cabin Down”). A — Eric W. Saeger






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