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The Proposition Soundtrack


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  • Audio CD (13 Mar 2006)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Soundtrack
  • Label: Mute
  • ASIN: B000ATJYTO
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 111,606 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Product Description

Product Description

A powerful western drama set in the savage Eden of 1880s Australia, The Proposition is an elemental story of family conflict and primal violence, destructive love and divided loyalties. Featuring an international superstar cast including Guy Pearce, Ray Winstone, Emily Watson and Danny Huston, it is directed by John Hillcoat from a specially commissioned script by the globally acclaimed singer-songwriter Nick Cave. Cave has also composed the film's soundtrack in conjunction with Warren Ellis, his longtime Bad Seeds collaborator and multi-instrumentalist frontman of The Dirty Three. Incorporating soft chamber pieces, ghostly moodscapes and whispered laments, these 16 tracks are as starkly beautiful as the landscape of the film. Story and music are closely intertwined.

BBC Review

A look at the synopsis of Nick Cave's plot for The Proposition - riddled as it is with violence, loss, revenge and brutal Victorian Outback reality - will seem all too familiar to fans of the tall Australian's musical oeuvre.

Yet this collection of taut, haunting half-songs, hymns and laments proves to be quite unlike Cave's usual Bad Seed fare. This is, in part, down to the involvement of the brilliant Warren Ellis.

Hidden among the twisting bleak strings and echoed piano the pair even manage to nail in a couple of fully made pieces - notably the redemption-filled "Rider Song" - before they go riding off in a cloud of understated dust.

The topics may be the same, but this time round, they're discussed with a sigh, not a scream, and are all the more striking for it. --Chris Long

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Valley Man on 16 July 2012
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
I first heard the track 'Martha's Dream' from an advert for Audi I think. A quick google lead me to this album soundtrack from the film 'The Proposition'. I was instantly hit by the atmospheric ambience created by the music, and at this stage hadn't even seen the film. Neither had I ever been a fan of Nick Cave or even heard of Warren Ellis!

Having spent time in the Australian outback myself, I felt the music is well suited to its film location creating the image of dusty winds in the heat of the day, it also does it without any tilting towards the American desert's and their distinctive music sounds, which has happened in the past with Australian Outback Soundtracks. The eerie violin sound is fantastic.

I did eventually get a copy of the film to watch, and the images I had in my mind listening to the music were indeed there in the movie. It is also a good film, but for me the highlght is this soundtrack.
Played loud on a hi end stereo, it sounds amazing. Though the rain of an English Summer outside my window does not quite create the heat of the Australian desert!

If you like atmopsheric music that ia a bit different then give this a try.
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By HAYLING BOOK & MUSIC VENUE (HBMV) TOP 500 REVIEWER on 19 Mar 2014
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
I rarely buy a soundtrack before seeing a film, but I make the exception when it is Nick Cave or a Cave/Ellis collaboration on the basis that the quality will always be there.

This album is no exception. It is a gentle, moving and atmospheric collection of compositions, a few with vocal refrain, but the majority are instrumental pieces.

The soundtrack is driven mainly by piano and that 'trademark' mournful violin, making this a genuinely soulful and rewarding listen.

I shall now watch the film (which Cave Scripted) and see if it lives up to the soundtrack.
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12 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Flinn Milligan on 20 July 2006
Format: Audio CD
Whilst the phrase "pure energy" is terribly cheesy and grossly overused, there are few more accurate phrases that come to mind to describe the music on this soundtrack.

Nick Cave and Warren Ellis, already amongst the most respected, credible and influencial musicians on the planethave created a masterpiece here. The soft, clean, even gentle instrumentation and vocals somehow manage to cunjure up raw, sinister, and at times, almost disturbing effects. The string parts of the music go straight to the spine, while the bass trembles in your stomach. Listening to the soundtrack is like walking a tightrope, it is like the worrying feeling that what you have just done may not have been the right thing, it is the feeling when a conversation turns nasty.

But all this is only half the story to me. After taking you down, asking you to question yourself, giving you this revelation, there is a sense of forgiveness. It is difficult for me to describe, the may be a word for it that I am not aware of. Almost a hope for something that you don't know exists. One can imagine it being a similar feeling to that of being released from prison, yet with nothing to do once out. As with the end of the film, in which the poetic, articulate older brother dies with the simple words "what are you going to do now?" the soundtrack concludes with an emotional anticlimax, the feeling of a empty threat in reverse perhaps. This is not to say that the end of the album is an anticlimax. It is as beautiful and dynamic as the rest, it simply finishes with a final question which you are left to answer.
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