We’ve made no secret of the fact that Nashville is one of our very favourite shows and we’re glad to see that it’s received a decent push in the UK despite country music not being widely played over here. The show’s second season recently started on More4 so UK viewers are now playing catching up to the US where the show is over halfway through its run. To celebrate the new season in the UK, the latest soundtrack – Season 2 Volume 1 – has been released.
As has become tradition with the Nashville soundtracks, there are two versions – the standard and the deluxe edition. The standard version features 13 songs whilst the deluxe edition features 17. This review is based on the deluxe edition, which to be honest is the only edition you should consider buying! The soundtrack kicks off with the storming What If I Was Willing by Chris Carmack who plays closeted rising country star Will Lexington in the show. The track is one of the strongest on this release and it’s a fitting start to a soundtrack full of great music.
It’s really hard to single out favourites on this soundtrack because every song is a gem. There isn’t a single dud on the collection. We’re pleased to see two efforts from Lennon and Maisy Stella who play Rayna’s (Connie Britton) daughters on the show. Their version of Deacon’s (Charles Esten) track A Life That’s Good is one of the best moments on here, and if we’re honest it’s better than his which features as the final track on the soundtrack. Connie Britton gets a chance to shine on her duet with Will Chase, who plays Luke Wheeler, on Ball and Chain. Clare Bowen and Charles Esten get a rare moment of performing together on the atmospheric This Town whilst Bowen shines on her own on the moody Waitin’.
We get to hear some of the new characters show off their vocal chops on this release too. Chaley Rose, who plays Zoey Dalton, sings the a cappella Wayfaring Stranger and teams up with Bowen on the soul classic Come See About Me. Aubrey Peeples aka Layla Grant shows great promise with the country/pop Tell Me and we wish the show producers would give her more opportunities to sing as she’s in danger of becoming a two-dimensional stereotypical bitch character.
Our only real complaint with this release is that there isn’t enough Hayden Panettiere. We all know her character Juliette is the best thing about the show so we’re disappointed there’s only two songs with her voice on; Trouble is and the duet with Carmack on Can’t Say No To You. What happened to Dreams and This Love Ain’t Big Enough? We have our fingers crossed for a Complete Season Two Collection to be released at the end of the season.
Nashville Season 2 Volume 1 is another fantastic addition to the series’ soundtrack releases so far. There’s no doubt in our minds that the success of the show is in large part down to the music. There’s such variety and a collection of great voices and we simply can’t get enough of it. Roll on the next volume which we hope will be hot on the heels of this one.