You Can Count on Me
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This soundtrack serves as both a companion to Kenneth Lonergan's film and an introduction to the E-Squared Records roster. As such, it's a perfect primer for the imprint's uninitiated, but as it offers only previously released material, it's simply redundant for E-Squared devotees. The label, founded and run by roots-rock icon Steve Earle and his partner Ray Kennedy, uses the soundtrack to showcase the freshest horses in its stable. Earle himself is the prize thoroughbred, and the soundtrack is anchored by five cuts from The Mountain, his 1999 bluegrass foray with the Del McCoury Band. Two of these--the album-opening "Texas Eagle" and the Iris DeMent duet "I'm Still in Love with You"--are particular highlights. But the real winners are the dark horses: Bap Kennedy's reverb-soaked folk-rocker "Vampire," Cheri Knight's barroom-ready "White Lies," a diverse trio of songs from the now-defunct V-Roys, and especially Marah's raggedly infectious "Far Away You," drawn from that band's near-masterpiece 2000 album Kids in Philly. --Anders Smith-Lindall
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Like the movie, these songs are affecting, wistful, and ultimately uplifting. Buying this cd may not change your life in any material sort of way, but it will surely enhance your understanding of -- and appreciation for -- American popular music.
It's a shame that they don't mention this anywhere that I can find, I'll have to keep digging around in the movie details.