All the Pretty Horses [Original Soundtrack]

All the Pretty Horses [Original Soundtrack]


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All the Pretty Horses [Original Soundtrack]

Fans of country music veteran Marty Stuart will undoubtedly be thrilled with his score for All the Pretty Horses, the film adaptation of Cormac McCarthy's bestselling novel from director Billy Bob Thornton (Sling Blade). Not surprisingly, Stuart focuses the score on the guitar, which is so central that it serves as a character, as atmosphere, and as narrator. The guitar is always heard in the forefront of the music regardless of a track's setting or style, and Stuart is able to conjure myriad emotions from the instrument's slender frame. This approach works because Stuart's mix of country music styles with hints of mariachi captures the story's time (post-WWII) and place (Mexico), as well as the motivation of the characters -- most notably, love and adventure. The spacious, simple opening track "Desert Dream" alludes to a distant sadness, perhaps of forbidden love. Equally potent are "Porque," a sweet Mexican love song, and the nostalgic "My Last Days on Earth/What's It Like to Be Dead?" brought to life by sustained strings, twangy guitar, and bass pedal tones. Stuart's score is musically consistent and easy on the nerves, and it's likely to touch you whether you're a country music fan or not.

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Release Date: 01/16/2001
Label: Sony
UPC: 0696998946521
catalogNumber: 89465

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All the Pretty Horses [Original Soundtrack] 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
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I was swept off my feet listening to these beautiful, sometimes haunting, melodies. I could not have torn myself away while I listened, my heart reacting as if I were in love. John Grady's Angel is so moving; Marty if you are reading this, I beg you to make an extended version of this piece to fill an entire set of CDs. I would never listen to another tune. A long-time follower of The Mavericks, I anxiously awaited a full version of Raul Malo's Porque having enjoyed only a sampling in All The Pretty Horses, and was not disappointed. Enchanting. From one emotion to the next, this is music you feel, music to carry you away from nagging office politics and woes to another world where life is sweet and good and even the sadness is something to savor.