Various Artists – Girls: Volume 1: Music From the HBO Original Series

Hipster show about twentysomething females living in NYC so you would expect the music to follow suit, right? As the song by George and Ira Gershwin says “It ain’t necessarily so”. Or even more fitting is the tried and true “Don’t judge a book by its cover”. Not all the music by the various artists on the first soundtrack from the television series is hipsterish. You get a whisper of punk courtesy of The Vaccines and Sleigh Bells, some dance music via Robyn (her great track of a couple of years ago “Dancing With Myself” that I never get tired of hearing) and an acoustic sampling from Fleet Foxes. The hipster quotient is filled in part by Canadian indie-rock duo Tegan and Sara with their cover of the Stones’ “Fool to Cry”. I don’t generally have much faith in covers of iconic bands or artists but they do such a good and different job with the song I found my biases melting away. If you throw in solid tracks by hot at the moment fun., Santigold and Belle and Sebastien you have a solid soundtrack from front to back that features music from several different genres.

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