Elizabethtown

Elizabethtown

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Having cut his teeth as a rock journalist, it's not altogether surprising that Cameron Crowe would pay particular attention to the music that appears in his films. While Elizabethtown -- unlike, say, Singles or Almost Famous -- isn't an especially music-centric flick, Crowe has really outdone himself in putting together the romantic comedy'sSee more details below

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Having cut his teeth as a rock journalist, it's not altogether surprising that Cameron Crowe would pay particular attention to the music that appears in his films. While Elizabethtown -- unlike, say, Singles or Almost Famous -- isn't an especially music-centric flick, Crowe has really outdone himself in putting together the romantic comedy's soundtrack. In keeping with the flick's setting, the fictional burg of Elizabethtown, Kentucky, most of the 15 cuts here have a decidedly rustic vibe. That can manifest itself in obvious ways (the next-generation bluegrass of Eastmountainsouth's "Hard Times") or subtle ones (the mandolin-driven melody of Tom Petty's previously unreleased "It'll All Work Out"). Even when the tunes are devoid of twang, there's a hardscrabble dirt-road vibe at play -- as evidenced by the Hombres' three-chords-and-a-cloud-of-dust garage classic "Let It All Hang Out" and the clever choice of Elton John's dark 1971 composition "My Father's Gun." The starkness of those selections is nicely counterbalanced by a handful of wispy, atmospheric cuts highlighted by "Where to Begin," an eerie space-waltz contributed by My Morning Jacket, a band of bona fide Kentuckians who appear onscreen as well. It's rare that a soundtrack can fit the tenor of a film perfectly yet be easily appreciated without the visuals. Elizabethtown fits both those criteria perfectly.

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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Being a former teenage rock journalist, Cameron Crowe has made no secret of his love of pop and rock music, or the inspiration he derives from it. He's one of the few film directors who places pop music at the center of his films, littering his pictures with references to rock & roll, even at times where it may not be necessary -- witness how Tom Cruise and Penelope Cruz inexplicably morph into the cover of The Freewheelin' Bob Dylan in Vanilla Sky. Such a conscientious eye for detail does usually result in cohesive soundtracks, and the soundtrack for his 2005 film Elizabethtown is indeed cohesive. Appropriate for a film set in Kentucky, the record is heavy on sincere, introspective Americana and alt-country, peppered by a few relatively obscure tracks from classic rockers like Tom Petty and Elton John, whose Tumbleweed Connection cut "My Father's Gone" is one of the two best things here. It's languid and atmospheric but effectively epic and melancholy, and even if Bernie Taupin's lyrics don't tell a straightforward narrative, they give the impression that they do. Elsewhere, the album is tasteful, earnest, and well intentioned, although the songs generally take the clearest, safest paths to their end destinations. Nevertheless, it must be said that Crowe maintains a consistent mood for this record -- even more than he did on Jerry Maguire or Vanilla Sky.

Product Details

Release Date:
09/13/2005
Label:
Rca
UPC:
0828767141022
catalogNumber:
71410
Rank:
35020

Tracks

  1. 60B (Etown Theme)  - Nancy Wilson
  2. It'll All Work Out  -  Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers
  3. My Father's Gun  - Elton John
  4. Io (This Time Around)  -  Helen Stellar
  5. Come Pick Me Up  - Ryan Adams
  6. Where to Begin  -  My Morning Jacket
  7. Long Ride Home  - Patty Griffin
  8. Sugar Blue  - Jeff Finlin
  9. Don't I Hold You  -  Wheat
  10. Shut Us Down  - Lindsey Buckingham
  11. Let It Out (Let It All Hang Out)  -  Hombres
  12. Hard Times (Come Again No More)  -  Eastmountainsouth
  13. Jesus Was a Cross Maker  -  Hollies
  14. Square One  - Tom Petty
  15. Same in Any Language  -  I Nine

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Brian Whittman   Guitar
Jim James   Track Performer,Musician
Two-Tone Tommy   Track Performer,Musician
Carl Broemel   Track Performer,Musician
Bo Koster   Track Performer,Musician
Patrick Hallahan   Track Performer,Musician
Carmen Keigans   Guitar,Vocals
Brian Whitman   Guitar
Guy Strauss   Drums

Technical Credits

Stephen Foster   Composer
Lindsey Buckingham   Composer,Producer
Elton John   Composer
Jeff Lynne   Producer
Tom Petty   Composer,Producer
Judee Sill   Composer
Peter Adams   Arranger
Rick Beato   Producer
Pat Buchanan   Producer
B.B. Cunningham   Composer
Jeff Finlin   Composer,Producer
Dave Fridmann   Producer
Patty Griffin   Composer,Producer
Ethan Johns   Producer
Doug Lancio   Producer
John Leckie   Producer
Stephen Marcussen   Mastering
Jerry Masters   Composer
Bernie Taupin   Composer
Cameron Crowe   Composer
Nancy Wilson   Producer
Burt Berman   Contributor
Ryan Adams   Composer
Vanessa Alston   Composer
Richard Brennan   Composer
Michael "Dino" Campbell   Producer
Peter Harney   Composer
Jim James   Composer,Producer
Joe Wohlmuth   Producer
Carlton Kaller   Engineer
Ken Lanyon   Engineer
Scott Levesque   Composer
Gary McEwen   Composer

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