At the heart of this contemporary western centered on a forbidden romance between two cowboys is the soundtrack music, produced and largely written by Gustavo Santaolalla. A former Latin rock producer (Café Tacuba, Molotov), Santaolalla takes a minimalist approach here, setting a twangy, atmospheric tone that suggests the work of producers Daniel Lanois and Malcolm Burn. The Argentinean composer's contributions include the Emmylou Harrissung "A Love That Will Never Grow Old" (co-written with Bernie Taupin) and the honky-tonk weeper "No One's Gonna Love You Like Me," sung by Loretta Lynn ringer Mary McBride. Aided by Bob Bernstein's keening pedal steel guitar, Santaolalla plays guitar and pump organ on nuanced instrumentals such as the sparse "Riding Horses" and the trio of "Brokeback Mountain" themes that will haunt you long after the disc stops spinning. Elsewhere, the mood lightens considerably with the Gas Band's fiddle-driven instrumental "An Angel Went Up in Flames," Jackie Greene's breezy, honky-tonk number "I Will Never Let You Go," and Teddy Thompson and Rufus Wainwright's smoky interpretation of Roger Miller's classic "King of the Road." Two previously released cuts, Steve Earle's stomper "The Devil's Right Hand" and Linda Ronstadt's 1978 cover of Buddy Holly's "It's So Easy," add spunk and nicely complement the soundtrack's original fare. Wielding a velvet touch, Santaolalla makes the music behind Brokeback Mountain as compelling and seductive as the lauded film.
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