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Proposition - O.S.T. [Soundtrack]

Nick Cave, Nick Cave & Warren EllisAudio CD
4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)

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  • Audio CD (February 21, 2006)
  • Original Release Date: 2005
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Soundtrack
  • Label: Mute
  • ASIN: B000BEZP2I
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #160,382 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Happy Land
2. The Proposition #1
3. Road To Banyon
4. Down To The Valley
5. Moan Thing
6. The Rider #1
7. Martha's Dream
8. Gun Thing
9. Queenie's Suite
10. The Rider #2
11. The Proposition #2
12. Sad Violin Thing
13. The Rider #3
14. The Proposition #3
15. The Rider Song
16. Clean Hands, Dirty Hands

Editorial Reviews

A powerful western drama set in the savage Eden of 1880s Australia, The Propositionis an elemental story of family conflict and primal violence, destructive love and divided loyalties. Featuring an international superstar cast including Guy Pearce, Ray Winstone, Emily Watson and Danny Huston, it is directed by John Hillcoat from a specially commissioned script by the globally acclaimed singer-songwriter Nick Cave. Cave has also composed the film's soundtrack in conjunction with Warren Ellis, his longtime Bad Seeds collaborator and multi-instrumentalist frontman of The Dirty Three. Incorporating soft chamber pieces, ghostly moodscapes and whispered laments, these 16 tracks are as starkly beautiful as the landscape of the film. Story and music are closely intertwined. Mute. 2006.

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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars 38... 39... November 26, 2006
Format:Audio CD
What's great about this soundtrack is the uniqueness. Wait a sec. I know, now-a-days thats hard to come by, in fact its almost nil. The soundtrack to the Proposition has odd tempos, haunting vocals, and whispering voices. All of this compliments the great film that you are seeing on screen. If I could compare the style of this soundtrack to another, if I may, I would say that its similar in grain to the Carnivale soundtrack. If you are a writer, and need some inspiration of the dark mooded, atmospheric variety, then this is for you. The opening theme is uplifting and sad, kicking of an edge of ghostliness. This is a great soundtrack. I recommend that you listen to the samples above to determine if it's up your alley, because a writer needs "correct" inspiration, depending on the mood of their setting. Personally, I love it.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Moody wasteland music June 25, 2006
Format:Audio CD
Next to his Bad Seeds albums, Nick Cave headed the realisation of the soundtracks for two Australian movies by director John Hillcoat. "Ghosts... of the civil dead", a tough prison movie, partly written by Cave and the barely known "To have and to hold".

The first movie stands firmly on its grounds, as does its eerie unconventional soundtrack which is filled with off beat sounds and voices. The second soundtrack didn't meant much to me, it seemed more like a quicky, a "little something in between more important projects".

Now John Hillcoat is back with "The Proposition", a western set against the background of the vast, rough Australian wildlands.

Fully scipted by Cave, this time the singer / songwriter asked his Bad Seeds member, violin player Warren Ellis, to write and create the music together.

The result is as atmospherical as eerie, with some vocals by Cave, but much more blend in with the music then above it. So this is by far not a solo act by Cave, not even when he sings, hums or mumbles but a surprisingly effective pas-de-deux.

When Warren Ellis' violin howls and cries, the music becomes almost melancholical and sad. Senses of no hope of redemption creep in. Its music to contemplate by, ponder and wonder, while sitting in your back yard or on the porch of your house, overlooking vast plains of wasteland.

In a way, you could compare this with "Night on earth", the only complete instrumental soundrack by that other unique singer / songwriter: Tom Waits. It's low-key, slow paced, keen on atmosphere and so well done that you can listen to it whether or not you have seen the film.

In fact, just as "Night on earth" is as much a Tom Waits album as most of his other classics, "The Proposition" is just as much Nick Cave as anything else this man has done.

And that tells it all.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Ghostly and Hypnotic Soundtrack February 1, 2006
Format:Audio CD
First, this isn't going to be to every Nick Cave fan's taste, but it should be. I haven't seen the movie, but the cover photo of the CD and the ghostly hypnotic soundtrack give you a good idea of how its gonna be.

With the Proposition soundtrack, Nick Cave and longtime sidekick Warren Ellis show yet again how full of talent both of them are. Though its not for everyday listening, this striking work deserves a place on every serious music lovers CD rack.

An elderly woman for whom I played the CD said parts reminded her of Phantom of the Opera. Not having seen that, I can't agree or disagree, but that comment gives some a point of reference.

Cave's music becomes increasingly complex and diverse as his career progresses. Don't miss this!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars 4 1/2 stars for a moody, creepily beautiful disc May 30, 2008
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I love the movie, so I'm a bit biased concerning the soundtrack. I also love Nick Cave, so again, I'm not to be entirely trusted. Still, Warren Ellis and Cave have created another character for this incredible film with the soundtrack. The music is integral to the success of the film; I cannot imagine the movie without hearing the noises Ellis and Cave created. The music crawls and oozes, sinks and stirs. I recommend it highly. Watch the film, buy the music.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars absolute soundtrack October 6, 2005
Format:Audio CD
I've seen the film, visited the set, visited that part of Outback Queensland many times and the soundtrack is integral to the film - as it should be - obviously!

It balances the bloodbath with the tenderness beautifully.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Something's missing alright... September 29, 2010
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"Happy Land", while sung during the movie is only a melody on the CD! I'm sorry, I thought a soundtrack was a soundtrack. Other than that I'm very happy but don't buy it if you really liked the WORDS and music to "Happy Land".
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