The Complete Soundtrack To HBO’s I Know This Much Is True

By | May 11, 2020
  • I Know This Much Is True is HBO’s latest Sunday night prestige limited series.
  • In addition to it’s complex plot, the series also features a number of excellent songs.
  • It’s based on Wally Lamb’s book of the same name, stars Mark Ruffalo, and is directed by Derek Cianfrance (The Place Beyond The Pines).

    The first episode of HBO’s adaptation of I Know This Much Is True, based on Wally Lamb’s novel of the same name, introduces viewers to much of what’s going on in the story. There’s the twin brothers Dominick and Thomas, the latter of whom suffers from paranoid schizophrenia (both are played by Mark Ruffalo). There’s their mother, who’s recently died of breast cancer (Melissa Leo), and Ray, their distant stepfather (John Procaccino). There’s also Dominick’s ex-wife Dessa (Kathryn Hahn).

    One of the most interesting glimpses into Dominick’s character comes when a woman named Nedra (Juliette Lewis), who’s translating his grandfather’s Italian manuscript into English, comes to his house and comes on to him. The show wonderfully uses diegetic music—in the form of Nedra finding Dominick’ The Romantics vinyl—to tell us not only about the situation, but to teach viewers about the personalities of both Dominick and Nedra. Just from one small interaction, we know the kind of music Dominick likes enough to buy, how Nedra judges him after seeing it, and what she thinks he would’ve had instead.I Know This Much Is True writer/director Derek Cianfrance clearly understand how much someone’s taste in music can say about them.

    That’s just one of a few key music moments in I Know This Much Is True. As the series progresses through it’s six parts, we’ll continue to keep this story updated with each and every song included. Below, you can find every song listed so far.

    Episode 1

    Stabat Mater, D 383: I “Jesus Christus Schwebt Am Kreuzel” – Franz Schubert, Michel Combos & Orchestre de Chambre de Lausanne

    The Serpent (In Quicksilver) – Harold Budd

    A Child In A Sylvan Field – Harold Budd

    Aria Nova – Unknown Artist – from Folk Music From Italy, Recorded by Walther Hennig (Smithsonian Folkways)

    Madrigals Of The Rose Angel – Harold Budd

    Talking In Your Sleep – The Romantics

    Everything She Wants – Wham!

    Precious Memories – Sister Rosetta Tharpe

    The Room – Harold Budd

    Sweet Memories – Mickey Newbury

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