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Eastbound & Down soundtrack is pure Kenny Powers

Published: Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Updated: Tuesday, April 24, 2012 17:04

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Eastbound & Down Soundtrack

(Fat Possum Records)

Grade: B+

There is no way an album with ridiculous testosterone-filled jams could ever live up to the infamous legend that is Kenny Powers, but this soundtrack made a valiant effort.

These songs are the equivalent of a mix tape made by Powers, so obviously it is a two-disc CD with plenty of his own dialogue.

The first disc has amazing jams such as The Black Keys’ “Your Touch” and Ram Jam’s “Black Betty.” It kicks ass and takes names.

Tracks such as Brenton Wood’s "Oogum Boogum Song" and Too Short’s "Blow the Whistle" are surprising additions that make you realize there is more to Powers than meets the eye.

Sure he played professional baseball, but he also had a passion for music. We can respect that.

As for the second disc, each song tells a bit more about Powers. One of the more surprising tracks is “I Heard It Through the Grapevine” as covered by The Slits. We can’t even argue with the selection. It’s amazing.

Fans of the show will be able to relive Powers’ greatest lines as clips are randomly thrown in. Powers discusses racism, child molesters and the devil. Will Ferrell even makes an appearance as a disgruntled Kia vendor. Fans of the show will look at the track listing and chuckle. Die-hard fans will not only purchase the album, but live by it. This soundtrack is a part of American history and should be treated as such.

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