Boardwalk Empire, Vol. 2 [Music from the Original HBO Series] Image
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  • Summary: The second volume of 1920s songs from seasons three and four of the HBO drama includes interpretations by such artists as the National's Matt Berninger, Neko Case, Elvis Costello, Pokey LaFarge, Liza Minnelli, Patti Smith, St. Vincent, and Loudon Wainwright III.
  • Record Label: ABKCO Records / Universal
  • Genre(s): Soundtracks, Stage & Screen, Vocal Pop, Traditional Pop, Tin Pan Alley Pop
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  1. Sep 18, 2013
    70
    Rufus Wainwright's "Jimbo Jambo," an example of the jaunty exoticism of the age that might be a little troubling to modern listeners. On the whole, however, Boardwalk Empire, Vol. 2 is an expansive, entertaining soundtrack that captures just how thoroughly the show crafts its mood and atmospheres.
  2. 70
    Even if they may sound dated, there’s a reason these tunes are collectively considered as additions to The Great American Songbook.
  3. Sep 18, 2013
    62
    While it’s a novelty to hear 21st-century artists stretch so far out of their comfort zones, several sound out of their depth.
  4. Sep 18, 2013
    60
    On this second volume of Boardwalk songs, a variety of crooners and warblers are paired with the redoubtable revivalists Vince Giordano and the Nighthawks.