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  • Summary: Based on a true story and adapted for the stage by Stephen King, the soundtrack features songs written by John Mellencamp, with music direction from T Bone Burnett, and vocals by such artists as Ryan Bingham, Rosanne Cash, Neko Case, Elvis Costello, Sheryl Crow, Kris Kristofferson, Matthew McConaughey, Samantha Mathis, and Meg Ryan. Expand
  • Record Label: Hear Music (Starbucks)
  • Genre(s): Country, Americana, Pop/Rock, Roots Rock, Stage & Screen, Cast Recordings, Musical Theater
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 6
  2. Negative: 0 out of 6
  1. Jun 4, 2013
    83
    On this album, the music meets and sometimes exceeds those ambitions.
  2. 80
    Those songs rise above the story line, but probably wouldn’t have existed without characters to sing them--reason enough for a rock songwriter to venture into a musical.
  3. Jun 4, 2013
    70
    It's difficult to say how good this musical is just from the songs and pieces of dialogue presented here, but the songs have a weary, inevitable flow to them, as if fate forced them into a dark room with little light or air or chance of redemption.
  4. 60
    Ghost Brothers of Darkland County is chockfull of slow-to-mid tempo tracks that prevent it from truly soaring, musically. Without repeated listens, it’s difficult to follow, but this release should be treated as a teaser.
  5. 60
    Removed from the plot, the edgy swamp/country music score doesn’t connect with the powerful and gripping intensity of the show.
  6. Jun 4, 2013
    50
    While a few songs stand apart (Case's wickedly sexy "That's Who I Am"), the set mostly makes you want to see the blood spilling onstage.