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Elizabethtown (Soundtrack) Content/Copy-Protected CD, Soundtrack
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The Elizabethtown soundtrack features new tracks from Tom Petty, Fleetwood Mac's Lindsey Buckingham, and My Morning Jacket, who actually appear in the movie as a band called Ruckus. Other tracks featured on the album come from Elton John, the Hollies, and Wheat. Notorious rocker Ryan Adams also gets in on the action, supplying the song 'Come Pick Me' from his breakthrough Heartbreaker album. Singing the Crowe/Wilson penned song 'Same in Any Language' are newcomers I Nine. RCA. 2005.
Director Cameron Crowe is known for paying very close attention to the soundtracks to his movies. For Elizabethtown, in which he revisits his Kentucky roots, Crowe has put together a low-key album full of gently moaning pedal-steel guitars, fretful mandolins, and men in full sensitive-balladeer mode. Whereas Almost Famous reached for the hedonistic 1970s, Elizabethtown tries to evoke a timelessly rootsy vibe through artists new (Ryan Adams, Wheat) and classic (Tom Petty, Fleetwood Mac's Lindsey Buckingham) alike. Petty, Buckingham, and Kentucky natives My Morning Jacket all contribute new tracks, while Crowe and film scorer Nancy Wilson wrote the theme song, "Same in Any Language," for I Nine to perform. But once again, it's Elton John who pulls the chestnuts from the fire. Just as his "Tiny Dancer" was the clear highlight of the Almost Famous soundtrack, an old Elton epic overshadows the rest of the Elizabethtown lineup. Culled from Sir Elton's 1971 album Tumbleweed Connection, "My Father's Gun" is the kind of superb fake-roots song that paradoxically makes the others contributors sound arch. Go figure. --Elisabeth Vincentelli
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One thing can be said for Cameron Crowe...his movies might falter a bit (as Elizabethtown unfortunately did) but he knows how to put together a banging soundtrack. Whether you've seen the film or not you'll probably get the urge to take a spontaneous rural road trip, or to sit out back and start up a campfire with friends, or to just chill with someone special. A mix of folk, blues, and country from today and yesteryear this album is a gem that flows from track to track.
The Nancy Wilson theme for the film sets the tone for the cd right off the hop - lots of guitars with a bit of banjo in there as well. Tom Petty's two contributions (Tracks 2 and 14) are heartfelt, relaxed tunes that are among the best on the cd. Elton John follows Petty & The Heartbreakers with a sweeping 70's power ballad, "My Father's Gun", which flows into the dreamy ethereal "This Time Around".
Ryan Adams provides what I feel to be one of the best tracks on the album with "Come Pick Me Up" a slow blues builder with a fantastic chorus - one of the few recongizable from the film. Country inches its way into the blues circle a bit with My Morning Jacket & Patty Griffin's tunes. "Sugar Blue" by Jeff Finlin is up next and takes on a unique modern country sound with a real bluesy vibe to it.
The 21st century is much more apparent on Wheat's "Don't I Hold You" a light-alt-folk-rock offering. Lindsey Buckingham's tune sounds like it was ripped right from the Garden State soundtrack but fits in equally well here. Then we go back in time again with the upbeat Hombres track "Let It Out". Another fave of mine comes up with Eastmountainsouth - a sweet folky duet, very Sheryl Crow-ish. The Hollies takes us back in time again, as does the other Tom Petty track, finishing off with the sweet tune "Same in Any Language" by I Nine.
All in all a fantastic album for the summer that can be played at virtually any occasion. If you dig soundtracks - particularly ones with little-known talented bands - a la Garden State - then pick this baby up.