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Our Idiot Brother (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack) Soundtrack

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The Our Idiot Brother soundtrack album's 16 tracks are a reflection of the film's mirthful quirkiness. The score was written by film composer, musician and author NATHAN LARSON (Boys Don't Cry, The Woodsman and The Messenger) and Fruit Bats' founder ERIC D. JOHNSON. Johnson contributed an alt incredibly cool version of "Tie a Yellow Ribbon Round the Ole Oak Tree" to the lineup and Larson "Mellotron Melody." Another stand out is the infectious "Taking You With Me," a youthful alt country duet from MINDY SMITH and DANIEL TASHIAN written especially for the film. One of the Johnson-Larson tracks, "Cowboys and Hobos," features guest vocalist NINA PERSSON of the Swedish reared band THE CARDIGANS (whose offstage life includes being married to Larson). Check out "Lightning Bug," an unreleased track from Johnson's own FRUIT BATS and "Cool Yourself" by Thao with the Get Down Stay Down from their cult classic album Know Better Learn Faster. There's more: "When They Fight They Fight," from throwback popsters the Generationals and "The Things You Lost" from singer/tunesmith El May (aka Lara Meyerratken). Also included is CAROLE KING's Tapestry classic "Beautiful" as well as three offerings from the WILLIE NELSON canon: "Wonderful Future," "Midnight Rider" and "Ol' Blue."

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A mix of dusty classics, hidden indie treasures, and a handful of new tracks, the soundtrack to Our Idiot Brother is a well constructed album that delivers on the feel good acoustic bliss you expect given the goofy hippie look of Paul Rudd on the cover. Fruit Bats' Eric D. Johnson looms large, with several pieces of score for the film squeezed between the songs, three great tracks of his own, and an unreleased Fruit Bats tune. Johnson's charming, chime-filled take on the Dawn and Tony Orlando folk classic "Tie A Yellow Ribbon Round The Ole Oak Tree" is a bright, jangling treat, while his sizzling tenor and twangy guitar sparking through "2 Roadrunners" sound great.

Johnson's pairing with Nathan Larson and The Cardigans' Nina Persson on the quaint ballad "Cowboys And Hobos" is laid-back country cool at its best, sounding every bit as timeless as the old Willie Nelson tunes spread through the album. The easy going shuffle and chilled harmonies of Fruit Bats' "Lightning Bug" and gorgeous lap steel infused "The Things You Lost" from El May stroll out of the speakers beautifully. The absolutely adorable acoustic breeze of Mindy Smith and Daniel Tashian's "Taking You With Me" delivers the love struck tone of the lyrics amazingly well.

Though already released, the underappreciated Generationals' "When They Fight, They Fight" is a lo-fi indie pop gem, ripe with clapped beat, frantic pop bottle rhythm, jangling piano, and the occasional horn flare-up. Similarly unheralded, Thao With The Get Down Stay Down's bouncy piano-driven "Cool Yourself" maintains the album's tone with itchy riffs and a searing tenor vocal that make it irresistible. This expertly crafted album is an absolute delight, delivering feel good, country speckled indie thrills from start to finish. -- Chad Grischow, IGN Music, September 1, 2011
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Product Details

  • Audio CD (August 23, 2011)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Soundtrack
  • Label: ABKCO
  • ASIN: B0058EGQ10
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
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By jarvy on September 7, 2011
Format: Audio CD
This is a really fun, sweet and warm soundtrack to a movie of like character. Eric D. Johnson's original compositions are enjoyable for multiple listenings, and the other artists like Willie Nelson and Carole King just fill out this soundtrack so that throughout you feel like Ned, just feeling your way through life. It gives you pause and relish. I say, I am glad I bought this.
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By Waters on January 13, 2012
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It came in great condition, This cd plays well,The post described the item well. I have enjoyed listening to the music.
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Great soundtrack!
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