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Music From The Motion Picture The Assassination Of Jesse James By The Coward Robert Ford Soundtrack
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NICK CAVE The Assassination of Jesse James By The Coward Robert Ford (2007 UK 14-track CD album featuring the music for the motion picture starring Brad Pitt. Housed in a movie picture sleeve CDSTUMM294)
Pity the soundtrack composer of a brand new Western, trying to fill the giant, hand-tooled cowboy boots of Ennio Morricone. His bold, innovative scores have defined a genre of film music for two or three generations.
But it hasn't inhibited Nick Cave and Bad Seed Warren Ellis in their score for The Assassination of Jesse James. Andrew Dominik's film, starring Brad Pitt as the eponymous outlaw, presents the last days of charismatic anti-hero James before his gunning down at the hands of a young acolyte, Robert Ford. This is no conventional Western tale of righted wrongs - it's more an intense interior drama, with the strange dynamic between James and Ford at its heart.
And the music which Cave and Ellis have come up with is far from generic. Unlike the largely heroic swagger of Morricone's music, the soundscape of ''Jesse James'' is claustrophobic, intense and emotionally fraught. The aptly titled ''Rather Lovely Thing'', the opening track, provides the simple chore melody for the whole film. Like many of the other tracks, it's bleak but beautiful, with gorgeous string arrangements (courtesy of Ellis) and Cave's signature wandering piano, the same few chords and discords reappearing in a haunting narrative.
Traditional instruments and rhythms are overlaid by other, stranger textures. Cave and Ellis fuse futuristic with traditional, layering country melodies with staticky soundloops, acoustic with electric. Take ''Cowgirl'', for instance, its folksy fiddle undercut by raw electric guitar.
Strange and lonely, the score is probably the most successful film collaboration of Cave and Ellis to date. You certainly won't be humming it as you stride to a showdown with the boss, but you have to admire its haunting loveliness. --Morag Reavley
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In fact, 'good' is to sell this soundtrack very short. it is one of the most emotive and compelling collection of songs I have heard in a long time. The compositions are moody, atmospheric, at times melancholy and often very moving.
Don't miss out on something very special.
With regards to Leone's westerns, how integral was the music of Ennio Morricone to the finished product? VERY integral! Put simply, those films would not be the same without the stirring music infusing each sweaty, elongated scene.
The thing is, to my mind, Cave and Ellis have actually bettered the soundtrack maestro Morricone with this release. This music is remarkable. Each tune is dripping with emotion, featuring melancholy minor chord changes executed on piano and strings. Warren Ellis' violin work is stunning - he makes the instrument ache and sob and scrape and cry. I have listened to these compositions on repeat play and literally weeped like a baby!
I was going to use this review to pinpoint highlights from this album, but - to be honest - I can't. Every tune is a winner. Just when you think the sounds can't get any more heartbreaking...THEY DO! This is the kind of music that evokes feelings of nostalgia, loves lost; a beautiful, irredeemable past.
I listened to this album with my brother last night. As the last tune "Song For Bob" played out, my bro uttered (without any kind of irony): "That is one of the most beautiful pieces of music I have ever heard."
And d'you know what? He was right.
I urge you to buy this album. No, scratch that - I IMPLORE you to buy this album!
A final word - thank you to Nick Cave and Warren Ellis for enriching my life. I will take this music to the grave with me.
The music is just painfully beautiful and if you like gloomy music then it doesn't get any better than this. I've never heard of Nick Cave before this movie but this work has immortalised him (for me at least).
There are 5 extra-tracks that I've seen on youtube but sadly they are not included in this CD.
For me, that's the mark of a great soundtrack - it works brilliantly in the film, and when you watch/hear one, it makes you want to re-experience the other.
'nough said really
Faultless, beautiful and enchanting
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This is a keeper. Great tunes, great quality, great ambience...
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