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The Road
Nick Cave & Warren Ellis
The Road
Genres: Pop, Soundtracks
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Nick Cave and Warren Ellis have been creating music together for more than fifteen years with The Bad Seeds, Grinderman and The Dirty Three. More recently, the duo have collaborated on soundtracks for The Proposition and T...  more »


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All Artists: Nick Cave & Warren Ellis
Title: The Road
Members Wishing: 3
Total Copies: 0
Original Release Date: 1/1/2009
Re-Release Date: 12/29/2009
Album Type: Import
Genres: Pop, Soundtracks
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaCD Credits: 1
Other Editions: The Road
UPC: 5099960770325


Album Description
Nick Cave and Warren Ellis have been creating music together for more than fifteen years with The Bad Seeds, Grinderman and The Dirty Three. More recently, the duo have collaborated on soundtracks for The Proposition and The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford , and released White Lunar, a two CD set featuring music from the aforementioned films along with rare and previously unavailable material' Adding to this impressive catalogue, their soundtrack to The Road, a new movie directed by John Hillcoat. This highly anticipated big screen adaptation of the beloved, bestselling and Pulitzer Prize-winning novel The Road by Cormac McCarthy (author of No Country For Old Men) sees Academy Award-nominee Viggo Mortensen leading an all-star cast featuring Charlize Theron, Robert Duvall, Guy Pearce and young newcomer Kodi Smit-McPhee. An epic post-apocalyptic tale of survival of a father and his young son journeying across a barren America destroyed by a mysterious cataclysm, The Road boldly imagines a future in which men are pushed to the worst and the best that they are capable of -- a future in which a father and his son are sustained by love. Nick Cave and Warren Ellis have created an evocative score featuring violin and piano with beautiful fleeting melodies and eerie sound loops filled with terror and suspense. The threat of all-too-real cannibal gangs is heightened by disturbing loops and frenetic percussion. A small ensemble of wind instruments adds further scope. At key moments in the movie, scenes between the father and son are set to musical passages that are light, lyrical and elegiac.

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Cave & Ellis Provide A Haunting & Atmospheric Score That Wil
Kaya Savas | North Hollywood, CA | 01/20/2010
(5 out of 5 stars)

"Nick Cave & Warren Ellis continue their collaboration with director John Hillcoat. Those familiar with their sound know just how amazing they are. Subtle and simple melodies echo powerful emotions through their scores. You won't find a 70 piece orchestra here. Their most notable scores are The Proposition and the masterpiece that is The Assassination Of Jesse James By The Coward Robert Ford.

The Road is the most recent Cormac McCarthy novel adaptation. A haunting and harrowing look into human nature in a post apocalyptic world. It contains everything of the genre but is presented in a much more quieter way. This is not Mad Max. The main theme is somewhat reminiscent of Eric Satie in that it's a minimalist piano tune. Of course it's backed by that signature violin that has become the Cave & Ellis sound. Tracks like "The Road" and "The Mother" have a nurturing and hopeful tone, and that sets up our main characters on their journey. Within the score you will also find some terrifying music; atmospheric horror that will make your tear up, put a knot in your stomach and tingle your spine. If I had to compare the style it would be to Akira Yamaoka's work on the Silent Hill franchise. "The House" and "The Cellar" are quite unsettling tracks to listen to and even more so if you've seen the film. While the score plunges into a hellish nightmare at times it resurfaces back to that nurturing beauty towards the end.

This is an amazing score. It is nothing short of brilliant and stands up with their previous work as something all film enthusiasts should take note of. While it may be less thematic and more atmospheric than their previous work it doesn't change the fact that this score will emotionally move and stir you in a profound way."
Harrowingly beautiful
Jon Broxton | Thousand Oaks, CA | 01/18/2010
(4 out of 5 stars)

"A harrowing post-apocalyptic drama based on the acclaimed novel by Cormac McCarthy, The Road stars Viggo Mortensen and Kodi Smit-McPhee as an unnamed father and son desperately trying to survive in a North America ravaged by the aftermath of nuclear war, avoiding gangs of lawless cannibalistic killers, seeking shelter from desperately cold weather conditions, and constantly pushing south in search of food, and other survivors. Director John Hillcoat's bleak film is a meditation on life, on the retention of humanity in the face of desperation, and the lengths to which people will go to protect their families.

For the music, Hillcoat once again turned to songwriter and musician Nick Cave and violinist Warren Ellis, who worked on Hillcoat's previous films The Proposition and To Have and To Hold. Like the film itself, Cave's music is desolate and unforgiving, a bleak and dour musical depiction of a bleak and dour world. His score is mainly string based, with textures here and there for woodwinds, piano and, oddly, a tinkling celesta-type instrument that occasionally creeps into the mix, giving the score a child-like feeling. The majority of the score is thematically limited, and is instead content to present a series of ambient, almost droning orchestral textures, although there are one or two cues that stand out. "The Road" is a restrained, minimalist piano piece overlaid by a yearning solo violin that seems to lamenting the loss of the world, and acts as the score's main recurring thematic element.

Variations on this style of writing appear later in cues such as "The Real Thing" and "The Far Road". Later, cues such as "The Cannibals", "The House", the nervous, rhythmic "The Journey", and the horrific "The Cellar" are filled with eerie electronic loops, thumping percussion, string-based dissonance and disturbing sound design elements that recall Jonny Greenwood's work on There Will Be Blood, and successfully depict the horror of the cannibal gangs that the father and son must avoid. The few moments of additional warmth come in cues such as "The Mother", "Memory", the surprisingly lovely "The Church", and the conclusive "The Beach", which incorporate hesitantly tender cello solos, gently sweet piano melodies and a less harsh aspect. However, even in cues such as these, the respite is fleeting; Cave knows that his protagonists are living in a hellish environment, and the music doesn't allow them to rest for long.

This isn't a score which will appeal to score fans who enjoy tender, lyrical music; although the melodic core is always there, Cave intentionally makes a lot of his music cold, distant, unapproachable, and a little on the harsh side. While this suits the film to a tee, and although I liked it a lot, it doesn't make for easy listening."
Sad and Hopeful at the same time.
Michael Lebron | Buffalo, New York United States | 01/02/2010
(5 out of 5 stars)

"This soundtrack is perfect for this movie. Most of the soundtrack is very sad and yet there's an underlining of hope as well. I loved the movie even more because of the music. Some of the songs really pull those tear strings."