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Transamerica
     

Transamerica

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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";

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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.

Editorial Reviews

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.

Product Details

Release Date:
02/07/2006
Label:
Nettwerk Records
UPC:
0067003047524
catalogNumber:
30475
Rank:
96738

Tracks

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
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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Transamerica 3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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....