Transamerica

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Barnes & Noble - Dave Gil de Rubio
In this film about a pre-operative male-to-female transsexual taking a cross-country trip with the son he unknowingly fathered, filmmaker Duncan Tucker relies largely on country and bluegrass to set the scene in America's heartland. Spiritual redemption is a major theme here: It permeates Duncan Sheik's subdued piano arrangements and aching vocals on "I Am a Pilgrim"; the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band's sunnier "I Find Jesus"; and Larry Sparks' bluegrass version of the hymn "Lay My Burden Down," whose mandolin runs conjure images of the late Bill Monroe. The acoustic quintet Old Crow Medicine Show leave their mark with "Take 'Em Away" (equal parts Dust Bowl ballad and ...
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Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Dave Gil de Rubio
In this film about a pre-operative male-to-female transsexual taking a cross-country trip with the son he unknowingly fathered, filmmaker Duncan Tucker relies largely on country and bluegrass to set the scene in America's heartland. Spiritual redemption is a major theme here: It permeates Duncan Sheik's subdued piano arrangements and aching vocals on "I Am a Pilgrim"; the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band's sunnier "I Find Jesus"; and Larry Sparks' bluegrass version of the hymn "Lay My Burden Down," whose mandolin runs conjure images of the late Bill Monroe. The acoustic quintet Old Crow Medicine Show leave their mark with "Take 'Em Away" (equal parts Dust Bowl ballad and country gospel lament in the vein of the Carter Family) and the forlorn "We're All in This Together," which balances slide guitar and Louvin Brothers-style vocal arrangements. Other highlights include Jim Lauderdale's performance with Ralph Stanley & the Clinch Mountain Boys on the bluegrass waltz "Lost in the Lonesome Pines," Wylie & the Wild West painting home-on-the-range images in "Odessa Yodelm," and Lucinda Williams's yearning ballad "Like a Rose." Composer David Mansfield hews to the same musical theme on the incidental music, incorporating trilling mandolin and wailing fiddle on the snappy "Headin' West" and banjo in a lonesome take on Stephen Foster's "Beautiful Dreamer." The true diamond amid this trove of gems, however, is Dolly Parton's Oscar-nominated "Travelin' Thru," which reflects the country legend's recent return to the bluegrass of her rural Tennessee youth as well as the film's themes of spiritual journeys and searching for redemption. Like O Brother, Where Art Thou?, this fresh, high-quality soundtrack could spark yet another roots revival.
All Music Guide - Ronnie D. Lankford
The Transamerica soundtrack offers a hodgepodge of dialog along with gospel and roots music to create a loose, freewheeling memento of the film. A number of well-known names are involved, including the Old Crow Medicine Show and Lucinda Williams. Perhaps the track that's gathered the most attention is Dolly Parton's Oscar-nominated "Travelin' Thru," and it will be reason enough for her fans to pick up the album. A number of familiar performers from yesteryear also contribute to the collection, including Larry Sparks "There's a New Moon Over My Shoulder" and the pairing of Jim Lauderdale with Ralph Stanley & the Clinch Mountain Boys "Lost in the Lonesome Pines", while the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band deliver "Fish Song" and "Find Jesus." As these songs -- bluegrass, country, and gospel -- ebb and flow, it becomes evident that they form a cross section of American roots music and the continued interpretation of traditional music. There's a surprisingly mellow take of "I Am a Pilgrim" by Duncan Sheik, for instance, and Wylie & the Wild West's yodeling offers a new twist on the West's most forlorn vocal style. The dialog and snippets along the way mean that Transamerica never flows like an album. And the selections, while drawing from similar sources, are too divergent to give the effort much cohesion. But taken as a soundtrack, Transamerica is a great place to sample a large number of fine roots performers in the same place.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 2/7/2006
  • Label: Nettwerk Records
  • UPC: 067003047524
  • Catalog Number: 30475
  • Sales rank: 242,782

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 "I Will Be a Woman" (0:14)
  2. 2 Jol'inkomo (2:57)
  3. 3 Headin' West - David Mansfield (1:53)
  4. 4 "Church of the Potential Finder" (0:05)
  5. 5 Take 'Em Away (3:34)
  6. 6 Lay My Burden Down (4:53)
  7. 7 I Am a Pilgrim (4:04)
  8. 8 Fish Song (3:33)
  9. 9 "Quel Dommage" (0:11)
  10. 10 There's a New Moon Over My Shoulder (3:00)
  11. 11 Lost in the Lonesome Pines - Clinch Mountain Boys (3:45)
  12. 12 I Find Jesus (3:53)
  13. 13 You're Gonna Love Me One Day (3:13)
  14. 14 We're All in This Together (4:49)
  15. 15 High Plains - David Mansfield (1:26)
  16. 16 Beautiful Dreamer - Graham Greene (0:55)
  17. 17 Beautiful Dreamer - David Mansfield (2:16)
  18. 18 "That'll Put Hair on Your Chest" (0:08)
  19. 19 Odessa Yodel (1:49)
  20. 20 Like a Rose (2:36)
  21. 21 Travelin' Thru (4:54)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Felicity Huffman Dialogue
Graham Greene Dialogue
Kevin Zegers Dialogue
Technical Credits
Larry Sparks Arranger
Stephen Foster Composer
Jimmie Davis Composer
Jim Lauderdale Composer
Dolly Parton Composer
Lucinda Williams Composer
Heather Myles Composer
Jimmie Fadden Composer
Jimmy Ibbotson Composer
David Mansfield Composer, Engineer, Score Producer, Score Mixer
Duncan Sheik Arranger
Gavin Lurssen Mastering
Doug Bemheim Executive Soundtrack Producer
Wylie Gustafson Composer
Lee Blastic Composer
Traditional Composer
Willie Watson Composer
Sebastian Dungan Executive Soundtrack Producer
Duncan Tucker Executive Soundtrack Producer
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Awkwardly supplements an awkward plot

    Personally, I don't think a movie based upon such controversial subjects and awkward tension should be fringed with the sweet sounds of southwestern twang and country. But I guess that adds to the film's ironic interest. P.S. Shouldn't that track be called "Church of the Potential Father," not "Finder"? That is what she says....

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