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Original Soundtrack: Inside Llewyn Davis [Original Motion Picture Soundtrack] [Digipak]

Track List

>Hang Me, Oh Hang Me - Oscar Isaac
>Fare Thee Well (Dink's Song) - Oscar Isaac
>Last Thing on My Mind, The - Stark Sands
>Five Hundred Miles - Carey Mulligan/Justin Timberlake
>Please Mr. Kennedy - Oscar Isaac/Adam Driver
>Green, Green Rocky Road - Oscar Isaac
>Death of Queen Jane, The - Oscar Isaac
>Roving Gambler, The - The Down Hill Strugglers
>Shoals of Herring, The - Oscar Isaac
>Auld Triangle, The - Chris Thile/Chris Eldridge/Gabe Witcher/Marcus Mumford/Justin Timberlake
>Storms Are on the Ocean, The
>Fare Thee Well (Dink's Song) - Oscar Isaac
>Farewell [Unreleased Studio Version] - Bob Dylan
>Green, Green Rocky Road - Dave Van Ronk

Album Reviews:

Mojo (Publisher) (p.88) - 4 stars out of 5 -- "[T]he stand-out is Van Ronk's bluesy 'Green, Green Rocky Road,' for humour, pathos and sheer bear-like nobility."

Album Notes

Audio Mixer: Mike Piersante.

Liner Note Author: John Jeremiah Sullivan.

Recording information: Avatar Studios, New York, NY; House Of Blues Studios, Nashville, TN; Olympic Studios, Los Angeles, CA; Sound Emporium, Nashville, TN; The Village, West Los Angeles, CA.

Photographer: Alison Rosa.

Unlike O Brother Where Art Thou, the Coen Brothers' previous collaboration with T-Bone Burnett, the soundtrack to Inside Llewyn Davis isn't a pastiche. Inside Llewyn Davis gains its power through precision as the whole idea of the project is capturing a specific point in time, the great Folk Scare of the early '60s, when Kingston Trio and Peter Paul & Mary were having crossover hits, the time just before Bob Dylan arrived in Greenwich Village. In other words, it was the time where Dave Van Ronk reigned supreme, and he -- and his memoir -- provides the touchstone for the Coens' remarkable Inside Llewyn Davis and, even if the lines don't strictly match, the Coens touch on truths about talent and commercialism within their film. This makes the soundtrack something of a difficult beast on its own terms. Sometimes, the parody is evident -- quite delightfully so on "Please Mr. Kennedy," an intentional whirlwind novelty rocket-fueled by Adam Driver's asides -- but sometimes it's slyer, as when the Clancy Brothers are gently sent up. Usually, Inside Llewyn Davis is straight satire, though, as it concentrates on the titular character's channeling of Van Ronk and, as such, has no intention of treating the music cavalierly; it winds up as something unusual for the Coens: an homage that comes from a place of warmth, a salute so loving it's hard to deny the affection. ~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine


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