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This is the accompanying soundtrack to the Ang Lee movie that stars Heath Ledger and Jake Gyllenhaal. The soundtrack features a top-notch collection of folk and blue-grass melodies combined with the stark beauty of Gustavo Santaolalla's (Academy Award-winning composer for Motorcycle Diaries) original score. Verve. 2005.
Argentina-born, California-based Gustavo Santaolalla helped shape the rock en Español movement by producing Mexican bands Molotov and Café Tacuba , and Colombian singer Juanes. In the late 1990s he made a switch to soundtracks, working on well-received albums for Amores Perros and The Motorcycle Diaries. His instrumental contributions to Ang Lee's tale of two cowboys in love are acoustic guitar-based and, let's face it, a bit on the sonic-wallpaper side.
The vocal tracks, on the other hand, are uniformly lovely, even if the selection of interpreters falls on the predictable side. Linda Ronstadt, Steve Earle, Willie Nelson, and Mary McBride on the soundtrack to a contemporary Western? What a shock! Still, they're all wonderful and Santaolalla wrote at least a couple of classic-sounding country ballads ("A Love That Will Never Grow Old," sung by Emmylou Harris, and "No One's Gonna Love You Like Me," sung by Mary McBride). And don't miss Teddy Thompson and Rufus Wainwright's sweet cover of Roger Miller's 1964 "King of the Road." --Elisabeth Vincentelli
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The scores from the movie are absolutely beautiful. Listening to "Brokeback Mountain 1" reminds me of Ennis and Twist working together for the first time, getting to know each other. Listening to "Brokeback Mountain 2" reminds me of the second night they were together after the made love for the first time and tried to deny their feelings for each other; but it was impossible. Gustavo Santaolalla received a much-deserved Oscar for his hard work.
The other tracks on the CD are also fantastic. I especially enjoyed "He Was A Friend Of Mine" by Mr. Willie Nelson. It's such a powerful song, that fits in perfectly with the movie's theme. And I love "The Devil's Right Hand Man" by Steve Earle, this song reminds me of all the rage and hostility that Ennis had pent up inside; he was only able to get it on in very small trickles when Jack Twist could look deep inside him (where no one else could see).
If you enjoyed the soundtrack but have not seen the movie yet, please go see it; you'll be very glad you did. "Brokeback Mountain" has restored my faith in modern American pictures because it is reminiscent of the romantic films made in the 30's where two lovers always stayed together despite all odds. The only difference is these two lovers are homosexual men.
Santaolalla's most effective work for the film occurs in the pure guitar instrumentals: for the most part these are simple chords, sometimes echoed as if from a great distance, extremely evocative of the vast physical and emotional spaces on which the film dwells. Simple, elegant, and painful, they were powerful additions to the film and they stand alone well on their own.
Equally effective are "A Love That Will Never Grow Old" and "No One's Gonna Love You Like Me," both of which were specifically written by Santaolalla for the film. The first is performed by Emmylou Harris, and she gives a typically flawless vocal that bespeaks of quietly simmerly passions; it has, I think, become one of my favorites among her work, and the Bernie Taupin lyrics are memorable for their great simplicity and sincerity. In the context of the film, "No One's Gonna Love You Like Me" is a low-key honkytonk song, something of a musical throwaway--even so, Santaolla nails the period sound; it sounds very much like something Patsy Cline or Kitty Wells might have performed, and vocalist Mary McBride gives it full period charm.
The remainder of the soundtrack is a mixed bag of period music, some of it drawn from the jukeboxes of the day. Linda Ronstadt is an always welcome voice, and her version of Buddy Holly's "It's So Easy To Fall In Love" is well-selected for this particular story; Steve Earle's "The Devil's Right Hand" is a classic of it's kind. Willie Nelson contributes a nice rendering on Bob Dylan's "He Was A Friend of Mine," and the Roger Miller standard "King of the Road" gets a notable overhaul courtesy of Teddy Thompson and Rufus Wainwright; Wainwright also offers the darkly powerful "The Maker Makes."
Like most film soundtracks, there is little in the way of a unified musical statement--after all, the purpose of the music is to support specific moments in the film--but the score for BROKEBACK MOUNTAIN not only recalls the film extremely well, it does strike an overall mood that bespeaks of love, loneliness, and loss without drifting into cliche. Fans of the film will find it indispensible.
GFT, Amazon Reviewer
I loved the film so much and I do love this CD. The beautiful ballad "A love that will never grow old"; "He was a friend of mine"; "I don't want to say goodbye", etc., bring me to tears - as the film certainly film. All through the CD, as thru the film, the element of sadness and tragedy of Ennis' and Jack's lives is prominent. A beautiful love story which ends, sadly, in tragedy for both. (I know the original film soundtrack has to be out there somewhere; I'm continuing my search. "The Wings" alone the film's theme)is worth it!)
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Very strong recommendation to get the film & soundtrack!