As well as scripting Lawless, Aussie rocker Nick Cave also put together the soundtrack for the gory prohibition drama. Cave and his band of occasion play a decent brand of fiddle-led balladry and blues, and in Emmylou Harris and Ralph Stanley have borrowed two of country's most revered voices. Harris supplies ethereal touches to originals like Fire in the Blood, while 85-year-old Stanley renders covers of Lou Reed and Captain Beefheart as flinty Appalachian dramas. Gravel-voiced Mark Lanegan is also on hand for some game stompalongs, but Stanley's unplugged version of White Light/White Heat steals the show.
Various: Lawless OST – review
Neil Spencer is a writer and an astrologer for The Observer