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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Love it, love it, love it!
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...
Published on 19 Mar 2007 by Dancer On the Midway

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3.0 out of 5 stars Ok, but not outstanding
For me, what worked so well in the film fell short of expectations in audio alone. It's just my opinion.
Published 4 months ago by MR C HOLDEN


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5 of 28 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing selection from such a revered music critic, 21 Aug 2006
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This review is from: Elizabethtown - Music From The Motion Picture (Audio CD)
Two films before this, Cameron Crowe made ALMOST FAMOUS, which is easily one of my Top 10 all-time movies. Not only is the story endearing, well-acted and well-told, but the selection of songs from the late 1960s and early 1970s is impeccable. But given that Crowe was a famous rock critic of that period, I guess I shouldn't have been surprised.

However the selection of tunes for ELIZABETHTOWN is very poor. Most are taken from the past five years, many of them completely unknown to me. Even the self-penned ditty by his wife Nancy Wilson doesn't compare with what she composed for ALMOST FAMOUS.

Some reviewers of the DVD have written that ELIZABETHTOWN looks like a string of pop videos -- almost implying that the tunes were chosen first, then the plot of the movie was constructed from the lyrics of those songs. Perhaps that's one of the reasons why the movie didn't succeed on anything like the level of ALMOST FAMOUS, or even the flawed VANILLA SKY -- the songs were just too feeble. Some of the versions chosen are bizarre -- why choose the Hollies' version of 'Jesus was a cross-maker' when the original by the composer of the tune (Judee Sill) is superior?

What worries me most about the selection is that the songs virtually all seem to be based on acoustic guitar strumming, and within a very narrow range at that. On VANILLA SKY there was at least one keyboards-based tune (an excellent song from Radiohead's KID A). I now question Crowe's taste, which I never did before.

The only merit of the soundtrack for me is that it summons forth memories of Kirsten Dunst, who, contrary to all my previous impressions, is gorgeous in this movie.
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