Just like Dr. House himself, the soundtrack to the hit TV series manages to be both eclectic and brilliant, with a definite edge. The TV show frequently features a song that captures the feel of the episode, and this collection presents a representative selection of those pieces.
The album features some amazing tracks -- Michael Penn's "Walter Reed" is a bittersweet yet powerful ballad. Amazingly enough, Elvis Costello's cover of Christina Aguilara's "Beautiful" manages to work despite its unlikely heritage. The final song, a cover of the Stones classic "You Can't Always Get What You Want" featuring Hugh Laurie (Dr. House), Greg Grunberg (of "Heroes") and several other TV notables adds a nice laid-back feel to the album. Of course, the main title theme, Massive Attack's "Teardrop" leads off the album -- those who have never heard the full track will find it to be a great chillout piece on its own right.
Like the show, the mood of the soundtrack is often less than cheerful. However, there isn't a bad track on the album, and some of the tracks are incredibly poignant. "Walter Reed" is rapidly becoming one of my personal favorites. This isn't necessarily an uplifting soundtrack, but fans of the show will enjoy the selection of pieces evocative of one of television's best shows.
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