Album Review: House of Lies Soundtrack

Kendall Evans

House of Lies,” the popular Showtime drama-comedy series, released its first ever soundtrack March 4 and is one to take a listen to.

The “House of Lies Soundtrack” features 12 different artists including: Grammy-winner Gary Clack Jr., Basecamp and Aloe Blacc. Chris Douridas, a two-time Grammy nominee (American Beauty, Shrek 2) has served as music supervisor for “House of Lies” since it debuted in 2012. Douridas worked closely with Grammy-winning producer, Larry Klein, to bring the soundtrack to life. 

For those who do not know, “House of Lies” is a series about a management consultant of a top-tiered firm and his team who will stop at nothing to get what they need. The series plays on the idea of the corruption of top businesses and business professionals and being an irreverent satire of cooperate America. Academy Award winning actor Don Cheadle and Academy Award nominee Kristin Bell both star in this fast-paced series.

Although “House of Lies” is not a series that is particularly known for its music, the soundtrack has a certain quality that will make listeners tap along to the beat and bop their heads. This 12-track album is comprised of mostly softer, jazz-like songs, with a few pop and soft rock rhythms mixed in. Each song has a unique rhythm and sound to it, making a very interesting mix as the songs jump from one to another.

The soundtrack does get a little slow at times but I really encourage a listener to stick with it. I must admit, I was a bit thrown off by the jazz elements in most of the songs, but with the swing-like rhythms, strong brass sound and smooth vocals I found myself tapping my foot along with the beat and getting in to the songs.

One song that really stood out to me was “Bright Lights” by Gary Clark Jr. I enjoyed the guitar-heavy opening to the song and the underlined jazz. Listening more closely to the lyrics, I really loved the story it told. The song basically expressed the extent that some people will go to become famous or have people know their name. My favorite lyric from the song is “Get lost in the city trying to find myself. I went up a different person, came down somebody else.” This song is very catchy and starts the soundtrack off strong.

Another song that really stood out on this soundtrack was “Brains Out” by Kim Cesarion. This song was really different from all the other songs on the soundtrack, because it is really more of a pop song. This song had a steady bass line and a techno sound. The first time I listened to this song I did not care too much for it, but after listening to it again I found that I liked it.

The “House of Lies Soundtrack” is really well put together. Even if someone has never seen or heard of “House of Lies” I strongly suggest listening to the sound track. Even though it can be slow at moments do not give up on it. The soundtrack may take more than one listen through, but it is worth it.

“House of Lies Soundtrack” is available now online either on iTunes or on the “House of Lies” website. “House of Lies” airs on Sundays at 10 p.m. ET/PT on Showtime.