Had to write a mini-review as the last one was so lukewarm...surely it deserves better?
Saw this film the other day and was instantly hooked by the low-profile, slow-burn wonderfulness of it. There are a lot of films where the soundtrack is kind of incidental, but in this one, the music goes with the story like a wink and a smile.
On the CD case it says "Music to drive and live by", and it absolutely is. The overall mood conjured up is a "big picture" one - the sort where you're driving, looking at the horizon and thinking about everything important in your life. The songs hit a perfect balance of thoughtful and uplifting and somehow you feel by the end of it that everything might just turn out okay. Not sure how it manages to sidestep treacly homespun cliche, but it does.
The Ryan Adams song is wistful and wry, Same In Any Language a hummable earworm that you'll be annoying people in queues with for weeks, Long Ride Home something to listen to if you've ever not appreciated someone enough, Let It All Hang Out is an earthy, relaxed track...but it's the overall mood created by the soundtrack that just STAYS with you. More than the sum of its parts,like the film, the CD restores your faith in the way that sometimes, in spite of everything, good things can come out of awful things.
So there. That evens things out a bit.