House of Lies soundtrack review

Jarrett Rodriguez, A&E Editor

“House of Lies” may not be a household name, but regardless of whether you have seen the Showtime show or not, its season three soundtrack is a foot-tapping album that deserves a listen. Created with the help of Grammy nominee Chris Douridas and Grammy-wining producer Larry Klein, this album is a great mix of contemporary pop.

From the opening track, “Bright Lights” by Gary Clark Jr, to the ending track “It Always Comes Back Around” by Michael Kiwanuka, the album is full of jazzy songs that are soulful and catchy. “Bright Lights” starts off with a nice slow beat accompanied by a great guitar rift and then transitions to “Midnight Sun” by Issac Delusion, which picks it up with a faster and more synthetic beat.

It’s the third track, “Brains Out” by Kim Cesarion, that really starts to take this album from okay to great. The song is similar to old school Prince and is extremely catchy; don’t be surprised if you find yourself rocking your head to the tune.

The following tracks revert back to the jazzy nature of the earlier songs. “Love Is Here To Stay” is a mellow piece by Thomas Dybdahl, and “Take Me Back” by Aloe Blacc is nice and clean with his usual deep vocals. “Smoked Filled Lungs” by Basecamp was reminiscent of artists like Coldplay; it was a great song, though a little on the long side.

“Belly Roll” by Count Basie comes out swinging with a mix of saxophones and guitars that is very catchy for an instrumental track. “Illusions of Time” was the only other song besides “Brains Out” that was very different from the rest of the album. It starts with an acoustic guitar rift and deep singing before going to more hardcore rock and then slowing down. Kudos to Kiko King & Creativemaze – the song is worth checking out.

All in all, the album is a great way to get your fill of jazzy tunes and more contemporary pop. It’s well put together and worth checking out of you like the genre.