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Music in 'Treme' takes you to another place

Music in 'Treme' takes you to another place

Last season in previewing HBO's "Treme," I said that in 30 years of writing about television, I had never heard music used as organically, wisely and powerfully as it was in the New Orleans-based series created by David Simon and Eric Overmyer. I also said I never expected to hear it done better on TV.

I was wrong. Sunday night's opening of Season 2 takes it to another level. And the use of music just keeps getting stronger and stronger through each of the episodes made available by HBO.

In the Season 2 opener, titled "Accentuate the Positive," there is one knockout musical production after another. In fact, there are so many splendid musical moments in the...