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The Music Of Nashville Original Soundtrack (Season 4 Vol. 1) album review

The latest volume of the country music drama’s soundtrack arrives.

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Nashville’s fourth season is well underway in the US but there’s no premiere date set for the country music drama here in the UK yet. For its third season the show jumped from More4 to E4 and we’ve got everything crossed it will start airing before the current season finishes in the US. Despite the lack of being able to watch the show here in the UK, the latest volume of its soundtrack has been released featuring songs from the first half of season 4.

The soundtrack opens with Charles Esten’s Like New, a country-rock moment that is fairly different to his usual laidback acoustic contributions. Embracing change seems to be a theme on this soundtrack release with Aubrey Peeples contributing the emotive Too Far From You, a marked difference from the polished sheen of previous tracks she’s recorded for the show. Sam Palladio and Clare Bowen are back together recording punchy country gems as showcased on the fantastic Plenty Far to Fall. Each actor has a solo song on the album too with Clare Bowen’s Speak to Me being the standout of the two.

Riley Smith, who plays new character Markus Keen shines on In the Name of Your Love and duets with Connie Britton on the traditional country vibe of I Want To (Do Everything For You). Lennon and Maisy Stella almost steal the show on the gorgeous Rockin’ & Rollin’, which is nestled towards the end of the record.

As you may have read in the press, Hayden Panettiere took a break from the show to deal with post-partum depression in an eerie case of life imitating art. That sadly means that she only has two tracks on this soundtrack release. I can take or leave her rendition of Pasty Cline’s Crazy with Steven Tyler but her solo contribution What If It’s You is the best track on the album. Season 3 saw Panettiere’s character Juliette embracing a more adult sound and that continues with this track. It’s a real corker and can be added to the list of great songs Panettiere has recorded for the show.

The Music Of Nashville Original Soundtrack Season 4 Vol. 1 isn’t the strongest release from the show to date but there’s plenty to enjoy as always. The lack of Hayden Panettiere is definitely felt here, and to be honest I’d be happy for her character to get solo album releases as she often gets the best songs. Still the album is enough to get excited about the UK arrival of season 4 (whenever that may be!) and perhaps seeing the songs in context will make them resonate that bit more.

Watch Clare Bowen and Sam Palladio perform Plenty Far to Fall below:

Track listing: 1. Like New [feat. Charles Esten] 2. Beyond The Sun [feat. Lennon Stella] 3. Holding On To What I Can’t Hold [feat. Mark Collie] 4. Too Far From You [feat. Aubrey Peeples] 5. Plenty Far To Fall [feat. Clare Bowen & Sam Palladio] 6. Crazy [feat. Hayden Panettiere] 7. Spinning Revolver [feat. Will Chase] 8. Sleep Tonight (A Lullaby) [feat. Chris Carmack] 9. In The Name Of Your Love [feat. Riley Smith] 10. Run With Me [feat. Chris Carmack] 11. Speak To Me [feat. Clare Bowen] 12. I Want To (Do Everything For You) [feat. Connie Britton & Riley Smith] 13. History Of My Heart [feat. Jonathan Jackson] 14. What If It’s You [feat. Hayden Panettiere] 15. Count On Me [feat. Sam Palladio] 16. Rockin’ & Rollin’ [feat. Lennon & Maisy] 17. Take My Hand Precious Lord [feat. Chaley Rose] Record Company: Big Machine Records, LLC Release Date: 4th December 2015

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