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The Assassination Of Jesse James By The Coward Robert Ford [Soundtrack, Import]

Nick Cave, Nick Cave & Warren EllisAudio CD
4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (43 customer reviews)

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  • Audio CD (November 13, 2007)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Soundtrack, Import
  • Label: EMI
  • ASIN: B000WI51JA
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (43 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #312,505 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Editorial Reviews

2007 soundtrack to the acclaimed film starring Brad Pitt. The soundtrack's composers, Nick Cave and Warren Ellis, come from the internationally celebrated bands Nick Cave And The Bad Seeds, The Dirty Three and Grinderman. Cave and Ellis composed, played and produced this compelling and intense soundtrack for director Andrew Dominik's savage tale of the true West, The Assassination of Jesse James By The Coward Robert Ford. This soundtrack perfectly captures the charismatic and unpredictable nature of the film's central protagonist. Like the film, Cave and Ellis' music cuts through the mythic figure of Jesse James to reveal the complex, contradictory man beneath. Daring and passionately delivered, this beautiful soundtrack retains its captivating power even without the benefit of Dominik's images. Mute. 2007

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27 of 28 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Tragically Beautiful October 27, 2007
Format:Audio CD
This is a truly exceptional score to a likewise exceptional film. It captures the mood of the film beautifully, which in fact is more like a Greek tragedy than a typical western. It's haunting, pulsating violins and keyboards are so stirringly beautiful that it has a truly visceral effect, and could be enough to move one to tears if one is so inclined. This might sound a bit overdramatic, but that's how much of an impression it made on me.

It seems that many soundtracks have a core theme, with a number of tracks being variations of that theme. This is one of those scores, but it was so good that almost all of the tracks stand up on their own. Out of the 14 tracks, I thought all but 4 to be fantastic, which for soundtracks, is quite significant I thought.

In conclusion, I will concede that I am no musical expert, but my ears and soul tell me that this is one of the most profoundly beautiful scores I've ever heard.
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24 of 25 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars In a Just World..... February 25, 2008
Format:Audio CD
....this soundtrack would not only have been nominated for an Oscar, it would have been the clear favorite. Along with the appropriately nominated cinematography, this music gave the movie an authenticity and flavor most composers only dream about achieving. Truly, together, they formed the underpinning for an elegiac, mournful, poetic masterpiece of a film. Without this music, it is unthinkable that this misunderstood masterpiece could have succeeded in making of these characters what we come to think of them by the end of the last reel: Jesse as a haunted, nearly deranged soul, torn between the demons of his past and an ever more bleak future, and sad, folorn Bob Ford, who only wanted some respect and recognition, especially from his idol. Powerful stuff, encapsulated in music that stands for and speaks for itself. Like the film, it will never become dated. Its themes are universal and original.
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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Worth every penny February 22, 2008
Format:Audio CD
Easily the best score for 2007 from the best movie of the year. 'Song for Jesse' and 'Song for Bob' are worth the price of the album alone. The music never over powers the images on screen during the movie, and listening to the CD brings back the images from film like they belong together. One word describes this score, beautiful.
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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A haunting, atmospheric score March 22, 2008
Format:Audio CD
I came to this record a Nick Cave fan. I was aware that he'd been scoring movies lately (and writing them, too; check out the fantastic "The Proposition"), but thought, since he made a cameo in this film singing the traditional ballad "Jesse James," this might not be score music. So I purchased it, and lo and behold it WAS score music...but I wasn't the least bit disappointed. As a Cave fan, I knew he could craft wonderful melodies. What I didn't know was that he could craft wonderful melodies that, without the aid of lyrics, convey a full range of emotions.

Simply put, Nick Cave and Warren Ellis have crafted a beautiful, haunting record. The movie itself was fantastic, but one of the key components of its success was the soundtrack. Listening to this record without the movie playing, one can tell why. Just lay back and close your eyes, and get lost in this world of cowboys and cowgirls, sins and redemption. It is an experience as enjoyable as watching the movie--and will doubtless make you want to do so.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful November 20, 2007
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I must wag my tail on this one. The instrumentation of piano, violins, cello, violas, Celeste, triangle, Hohner guitaret, electric bass, and drum filled me with satisfaction. Put on your headphones, close your eyes, sip some wine, and allow the flickering of a candle in a darkened room dance across your eyelids as this music takes you to another time in space. I found the compositions to be dark and moody, rich, vibrate, soothing, and wonderfully disturbing. Music like this is hard to find. The arrangements and the orchestrations have a timeless quality about them. They're simple, yet complicated, much as I imagine Jesse James was. I highly recommend it.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars About the music, not the film April 25, 2008
Format:Audio CD
The goal of this review is to discuss solely the music from the film "The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford" without discussing the movie. Why shouldn't this be the goal? I am reviewing the "music from the motion picture," not the motion picture.

Having said that, what I can tell you is that this is possibly one of the most chillingly beautiful experiences ever recorded. It is the music of beautiful instability recounting the tragedy of loss and deception, it's haunting atmosphere reflecting the grey somberness of a mid-winter Missouri skyline. There is wheat growing out back and it's being blown by a strong, chilling wind. The piano strikes sad chords, a sadness that penetrates straight through the heart of the hopeful yearning of the strings. These compositions by Nick Cave and Warren Ellis listen and feel like the end of a short yet hard life.

"Song for Jesse" and "Song for Bob" both instill a sense of wonder; "The Money Train" conveys its dread and paranoia effectively; "Destined For Great Things" begins to pluck at the heartstrings. Not all of its moments are melancholy - no, there are passages of respite, such as the waltzing "Cowgirl" - but, overall, you're going to find these compositions to be just as I described: chillingly beautiful...and essential.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great soundtrack for a great movie. Love it.
Published 3 days ago by FooBar
5.0 out of 5 stars A Must Own! Should have won an Oscar!
"What Must Be done!" Is for me to write a great review about one of the greatest soundtracks of movie music I have ever heard. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Arthur Gomez
5.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyed the movie and noticed the hauntingly beautiful music - had to...
Music as unique as the movie. The movie feels like an impression; a memory; a haunting. It is a collective history that is rendered poetically. Read more
Published 2 months ago by just me
5.0 out of 5 stars One of my favorite soundtracks.
Excellent music. Loved and movie and loved the soundtrack Nick Cave & Warren Ellis are geniuses. I definitely recommend it.
Published 2 months ago by Brandon
5.0 out of 5 stars A breathtaking, almost physical experience
When the finishing "Song for Bob" plays, ending this soundtrack I shiver and I get butterflies in my stomach, like when standing atop a tall building looking down at the... Read more
Published 7 months ago by Greger Hagstrãm
5.0 out of 5 stars great movie!
I like the way the movie is filmed and the music is really good. It really puts you in the time of the old west.
Published 7 months ago by Steve Kopp
5.0 out of 5 stars Your heart may cave in just a little...
If you were going to musically score the biggest heartbreak of your life, this might be how it would sound. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Angie
5.0 out of 5 stars Unique
Very enjoyable soundtrack - a bit of a "dirge" feel to it for most tracks but very, very nicely done as supporting music for the movie.
Published 13 months ago by SCC
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing Soundtrack!
Do yourself a favor, pick up this soundtrack. If you love the movie, you will love this soundtrack. Song for Bob elicits such emotion you feel for Bob.
Published 15 months ago by Scott Burke
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful Soundtrack
I hadn't heard of this movie, but I ran across this soundtrack and thought it was fantastic. I liked a couple of Nick Cave songs when he played with the Bad Seeds, but there is... Read more
Published 17 months ago by JR Odyssey
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