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4.0 out of 5 stars Nice soundtrack to challenging movie, 17 Jan 2014
This review is from: August: Osage County (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack) (Audio CD)
I recently saw "August: Osage County" in the theatre, and made a mental note to check out the soundtrack, as the music plays prominently throughout the movie. As it turns out, there are TWO soundtracks from the movie: there is the orchestral score by Gustavo Santaolalla, and then there is this one, containing the songs that are featured in the movie.

"August: Osage County (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)" (14 tracks; 40 min.) starts off with Bon Iver's "Himmon, TX" (from his self-titled 2011 album) and then dives straight into Kings of Leon's "Last Mile Home (Acoustic Version)", the original version of which appears on the deluxe version of their recent "Mechanical Bull" album. In the movie, it actually plays over the closing credits, but for whatever reason they album producers decided to place it upfront on here. Then comes the movie's pivotal song, "Lay Down Sally" from Eric Clapton, which plays over the opening credits, and then again a couple more times during key scenes (It is the Meryl Streep's character all-time favorite song). Even though Gustavo Santaolalla is credited for scoring the movie, Adam Taylor actually also provides a number of instrumental passages, and they are included on here, including the soaring "Don't Let Go" and a tender "The Kiss". The Benedict Cumberbatch character sings a nice little love song in the movie called "Can't Keep It Inside" for his love interest and it is also included here. This collection closes with 3 contributions from Gustavo Santaolalla, including a stellar "End Credits" featuring gorgeous play from the Spanish guitar. That same theme returns (or I should say, was already featured) in "Barb Balcony".

Bottom line: this is a very nice collection of music, even though the sequencing leaves me scratching my head. But besides that, all the key songs in the movie are included, and this also contains some of the very nice instrumental music score of the movie. "August: Osage County (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)" is HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!

Just a few words as to the movie itself: as big a fan as I am of Meryl Streep, I think she is way off course in this one, with her performance so borderline over the top that it almost ruins the movie. The big surprise for me instead was Julia Richards, now 46, and possibly turning in her most mature movie role in her career. Bottom line: at times the movie is highly enjoyable, and emotionally heavy, but at other times the acting is so OBVIOUS and almost over the top, that it really detracts from the movie.
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Initial post: 5 Feb 2014 16:18:11 GMT
Zorra says:
Completely agree with all your comments and your review of the TWO CDs is very helpfu, many thanksl.
Film: We were scratching our head after the film as the dominant Meryl Streep character makes you think its about her [pain] (I do think that she supposed to play it like this though, although its unsettling). But we concluded that the film is not so much about suffering (our 1st thought together with 'what is the message? what can I do with this brilliant cast performance exactly'). Our conclusion was that the movie is about Barbara (Julia Roberts - although I prefer Richards ;) - her best performance indeed - as she seems the only one to cope and be mature!
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