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Strong soundtrack for a strong movie,
This review is from: Lawless (Audio CD)
I saw "Lawless" in the theatres last year and really liked that movie a lot. Never bothered to pick up the soundtrack, until now.
"Lawless: Original Soundtrack" (14 tracks; 42 min.) has Nick Cave's fingers all over it (he was credited as both the movie's co-writer and of course the music scorer, the latter along with Warren Ellis, of the "Bad Seeds"). "The Bootleggers" (the movie's houseband) starts off strong with "Fire and Brimstone" and "Burnin' Hell" before giving way to an amazing a cappella "Sure 'Nuff 'N Yes I Do" by the legendary Ralph Stanley. Then we get into the middle section in which the equally lengendary by now Emmylou Harris is featured (as the lead or co-lead vocalist) in 5 of the next songs, to great effect. The one song in the middle she is not on is a hilarious "White Light/White Heat" cover by the Bootleggers. That same song is again covered, completely differently but equally great, by Ralph Stanley, who later on also brings another version of the earlier "Fire and Brimstone". Nick Cave and Warren Ellis close things out with a nice "End Crawl" instrumental. After that, there is a 'bonus' track from Willie Nelson ("Midnight Run"), why, I don't know.
In all, this is a great collection of Americana music. Comparisons have been made with the "O Brother Where Are Thou" soundtrack, and in particular, why that one became a supersmash hit, and "Lawless" has not. Who knows? and who cares? The music business is fickle and success is never predicatble. It doesn't take away from the enjoyment of this soundtrack. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!