Subject: I have found a CD that I think you would enjoy
The Hi-Lo Country: Music From And Inspired By The Motion Picture
Genres: Pop, Soundtracks
In his tale of two cowboys whose lives twist and fray, director Stephen Frears casts a nostalgic eye on the postwar West but falls short of reinventing Hollywood's most circumscribed genre, the Western. Although The Hi-Lo ... more »
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In his tale of two cowboys whose lives twist and fray, director Stephen Frears casts a nostalgic eye on the postwar West but falls short of reinventing Hollywood's most circumscribed genre, the Western. Although The Hi-Lo Country is set in northern New Mexico, its soundtrack sounds decidedly Lone Star. With famous Texans like Willie Nelson and the matchless yodeler Don Walser crooning some dusty charmers and a couple of country standards like "San Antonio Rose" and "Why Don't You Love Me" thrown in for good measure, the overall mood is very barbecue-friendly. Only Beck, who duets with Nelson on "Drivin' Nails in My Coffin" sounds a bit out of place here, his nasal drawl in curious contrast to Nelson's unmistakable whinny. Carter Burwell's score is standard-issue "epic" in its long gazes that suggest the largeness of both the West and the men's souls who inhabit it, but it gains an edge with its austere cadences and Mexican trumpet and guitar flourishes. --Lois Maffeo
Fun, happy, funny
Chai | LA, CA USA | 02/14/2000
(4 out of 5 stars)
"Hearing Don Walser in the movie (good movie too), got me to buy this CD. I'm not a big-time CM fan but I do know talent and good music(there's not a genre that I haven't found music I like)... Anyway with Hank Williams, Jeff Beck-Willie Nelson, and others, you can't go wrong with this CD. Good choice for the occasional CM listener."
From hi to lo
bruce | Melbourne, Australia | 05/27/2001
(4 out of 5 stars)
"I'll declare from the outset that I haven't seen the film, so I don't know if the music unfolds on the disc in the same order as it does in the film. My guess is probably not, and therefore the (much less interesting) orchestral score wouldn't drag the chain like it does on the cd - which is very much an album of 2 distinct halves. The initial block of country, country swing, "novelty" and tex/mex tracks move along very nicely until the disembodied dynamics of the orchestral movements grind towards a finale. Still, the format does make it easier to switch off after the first section, rather than skipping tracks here and there. Hey, maybe that's why the distributors did it that way. Doh!!"