Ghost Brothers Of Darkland County
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From the minds of co-conspirators Stephen King, John Mellencamp and T Bone Burnett comes Ghost Brothers of Darkland County, a southern gothic supernatural musical thriller of fraternal love, lust, jealousy and revenge. This extraordinary collaboration features original music and lyrics plus key dialog excerpts performed by a stellar cast of guest artists including Elvis Costello, Rosanne Cash, Sheryl Crow, Neko Case, Taj Mahal, Ryan Bingham and Kris Kristofferson, along with actors Matthew McConaughey, Samantha Mathis and Meg Ryan.
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Just to take this work on its musical merits, I can't remember when the artists featured in this album sounded better or more compelling. The songs featuring Sheryl Crow--when has she ever sounded better?--and Dave and Phil Alvin bring life to the three central characters of the story. Kris Kristofferson has dug into the depths of his talent to create a song that stands up to any of his classics. And the introduction of young Clyde Mulroney on "My Name is Joe" is THE discovery of the year. But these short observations are not meant to short change the songs featuring Ryan Bingham, Rosanne Cash, Elvis Costello, Mark Ribot and everyone else who added so much to the final production.
But the reals musical stars, as noted above, are Mellencamp and Burnett. Together with King they have created an American masterpiece that will add immeasurably to their respective legacies.
I liken this album to a a great theatrical soundtrack - the music is AMAZING by itself, but listening to the songs with their context in the screenplay makes them shine.
Excellent guest artists, who do a very powerful job, including Elvis Costello as the Devil, Neko Case as the Girl in the Middle, Kris Kristofferson as the Father and many other performances that flesh out the screenplay in vivid color and emotion.
If you're into blues or something akin to Tom Waits, or a fan of any of the guest artists on this album, don't pass this one up! You'll find new things with every play-through and depth with the reading of the screenplay.