Tuesday, September 04, 2012

Nick Cave and Warren Ellis: "Lawless OST" (album review)

The duo of Nick Cave and Warren Ellis have carved out quite the niche for themselves scoring soundtracks.  The head Bad Seed and his accomplice Dirty Three multi-instrumentalist have a knack for creating atmospheres for gruesome wild west period films.

Cave takes on singing duties himself only a handful of times.  On the terrifying "Burnin' Hell", he's at his sadistic best.

Mark Lanegan's deep growl features prominently on several tracks, including "Fire & Brimstone",  an American Gothic hillbilly rag.    You can hear the evil as he sings "Sure 'Nuff Yes I Do".  He's hardly recognizable on the cover of the Velvet Underground's "White Light/White Heat" though.

Country veteran Emmylou Harris combination of beautiful and haunting is perfect for a flick like this.  She contributes vocals to "Fire In The Blood", the standout "Cosmonaut", and "So You'll Aim Towards the Sky".

"Sure 'Nuff Yes I Do" is an olde timey sounding bluegrass number from Ralph Stanley.  In fact, Stanley's version of "Fire & Brimstone", "Fire In the Blood", and an inspired and unexpected "White Light/White Heat".

In the end the Lawless soundtrack leaves me torn about seeing the movie.  On one hand I love Cave's music and his writing.  On the other hand there's Shia LaBeouf.

Best tracks: "Cosmonaut", "Sure 'Nuff Yes (Mark Lanegan version)"

Track listing for Lawless:
  • Fire & Brimstone
  • Burnin' Hell
  • Sure 'Nuff Yes I Do
  • Fire In the Blood
  • White Light/White Heat
  • Cosmonaut
  • Fire In The Blood/Snake Song
  • So You'll Aim Towards the Sky
  • Fire In the Blood
  • Fire & Brimstone
  • Sure 'Nuff Yes I Do
  • White Light/White Heat
  • End Crawl
  • Midnight Run

1 comment:

Carlos Villarreal said...

surreal imagination... bizarre parallel realities.... wildly inventive... Yellow

Yellow, Nick Cassavetes' new film that premieres at the 2012 Toronto International Film Festival, September 6-16 (url : bit.ly/YELLOWtiff12 ) is fast turning out to be a must watch film at the festival this year. Described as a wildly inventive and visually dazzling head trip by Piers Handling, co-director of the festival, Yellow is a searing take on modern society and the demands it makes on people. The film tells the story of Mary Holmes, (Heather Wahlquist), a young substitute teacher who escapes from her drudging everyday life by fantasizing bizarre parallel realities. We enter her hallucinatory world, peopled with Busby Berkeley dancers, Cirque du Soleil, Circus freaks, and human farm animals where nothing is quite what it seems. “Yellow” isn’t a movie about redemption or triumph or cure, so if you’re looking for that, you’ve probably come to the wrong place," says Nick Cassavetes. " It’s just a story of how Mary deals with her everyday life. Yeah, the bottom’s going to fall out, and probably soon, but that’s for another story," he says."Film like Yellow aren't easy to make or finance. It's world premiere at Toronto is a triumph of Independent cinema, ." ," says Manu Kumaran, the producer of the film of Yellow.Presented by Medient Yellow features Heather Wahlquist, Seinna Miller, Milaine Griffith, Gena Rowlands, Lucy Punch, Ray Liota David Morse, Max Theoriot, Riley Keough, Daveigh Chase and Evan Suplee.