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  • Audio CD (4 Jan. 2010)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Soundtrack
  • Label: Mute
  • ASIN: B002WFHSQ0
  • Other Editions: Audio CD |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars 13 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 199,566 in CDs & Vinyl (See Top 100 in CDs & Vinyl)
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The Road composed by Nick Cave and Warren Ellis, is the soundtrack to a new movie directed by John Hillcoat. The big screen adaptation of the bestselling, Pulitzer Prize-winning novel The Road by Cormac McCarthy (author of No Country For Old Men) sees Academy Award-nominee Viggo Mortensen leading an all-star cast featuring Charlize Theron, Robert Duvall, Guy Pearce and young newcomer Kodi Smit-McPhee.

An epic, post-apocalyptic tale of survival of a father and his young son journeying across a barren America destroyed by a mysterious cataclysm, The Road boldly imagines a future in which men are pushed to the worst and the best that they are capable of--a future in which a father and his son are sustained by love.

Nick Cave and Warren Ellis have created an evocative score featuring violin and piano with beautiful fleeting melodies and eerie sound loops filled with terror and suspense.

"The movie is about the loss of things, the absence of things, the lack of things. The lack of the wife/mother is present in every frame of the film. The delicate edifice of the film holds the ache of her absence, tenderly and by the tips of the fingers," explains Cave. "The music was composed as a direct response to the film. A light, haunting, simple score with a sense of absence and loss at its heart."

BBC Review

Outside of their work together preaching a dark gospel in the Bad Seeds and Grinderman, Nick Cave and Warren Ellis have turned a hand to a different, if not altogether unrelated musical calling – the film score. Soundtracks for 2006’s outlaw flick The Proposition and 2007’s The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford have suggested the pair have some skill for transmuting the orchestral grandeur of their full-band projects into something that can colour around an unfolding narrative.

Scoring the film adaptation of Cormac McCarthy’s Pulitzer Prize-winning 2006 novel The Road would seem like an easy fit. A post-apocalyptic tale of a man and his son struggling across a ruined landscape in search of a salvation that may or may not exist, it’s shot through with themes that are pretty much Cave’s bread and butter: violence, hardship, the prospect of a vengeful or uncaring God, and a plea for deliverance.

Yet The Road is not exactly what you expect. McCarthy’s book is compelling, a page-turner, but heavy on gloom and punishing to the last. Cave and Ellis’ score, though, seems fixated on those thin shafts of sunlight – as Cave explains it, “light, haunting, simple… with a sense of absence and loss at its heart”. And it’s true, much here has more the feel of a requiem than a death march. The Road and Storytime are calm and elegiac, tender piano augmented by Ellis’ softly mournful violin. Memory is softer still, incandescent drones redolent of Stars of The Lid.

There is, of course, tension here too – music for fear, and pursuit. Cannibals matches squalling, Stravinsky-like violins with the thud of heavy drums. The House, meanwhile, is genuinely chilling, building from an uncertain opening of shivering violin and low piano notes into a hectic soundtrack to pursuit, all screaming guitars and savage, lurching beats. As a collection, though, The Road balances light and shade with some skill.

Given the subject matter, it could have been bleak, monochromatic even – but here, in the hands of Cave and Ellis, hope springs eternal. --Louis Pattison

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