Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Sublime Soundtrack: O Brother, Where Art Thou?

Well, where to begin on this super-duper sublime soundtrack? Anyone who's seen this 2000 Coen Brothers Film has GOTTA know how amazing the tunes were in this movie. Ok so it's not the crap you'd hear on the local radio station these days (although the success of the film garnered some airplay for a few of the songs) but this movie will have you tappin' your toes, pullin' your overalls outta the closet, stickin' a piece of hay in your mouth (huh?) and enjoyin' some good ol'-timey music.

O Brother, Where Art Thou? is packed with bluegrass, blues, and even a little gospel and miscellaneous diddies. Some you might even remember from your various childhood choirs, like You Are My Sunshine, and Keep On The Sunny Side. (But that might depend on where you grew up)

The greatness of the soundtrack is pretty much common knowledge, as it won the Grammy for Album of the Year, and the most popular tune, Man of Constant Sorrow, even got itself its own music video and Grammy for Best Country Collaboration.

Whether you like country/blues/bluegrass or not, this movie will make you seriously contemplate buying a banjo and sitting on your porch.

Take a gander at the Soggy Bottom Boys as they "sing into the can" for money for the very first time. Not bad for amateurs.

Later on in the film the boys perform their song again, but this time accompanied by an audience freak-out, as they have no clue that their song has gone viral, in a 1937 kinda way.

Now take a look at Tim Blake Nelson actually providing his own vocals for a real purty rendition of "In The Jailhouse Now." Yodel-ay ee hoo! (That's me yodeling... sorry)

Next we have the only original song in the film. The boys come across some strange vixens in the river and are totally bewitched. And although their song is haunting and beautiful, y'all should see Chantale and I do our laundry in the river when we go camping. Now THAT'S seduction.

Here we have some good ol' fashion baptismal fun, with the most repetitive gospel song ever. Regardless, the song is beautiful, and I would totally jump in and take a piece of the repentance action if I heard harmonies like that out in the woods. HALLELUJAH!

And last but not least, a little solo acapella diddy entitled "Oh Death." The song is pretty and sung very well, but still creeeeeps us out hardcore. Not to mention this particular song paired with this particular scene is a stoke of genius.

If you haven't seen the movie, get on it! Watch it! You'll be out standing at the crossroads with your GUItar waitin' to sell your soul to the devil in no time. And tell him I said what's up. He'll know what it means.

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