Road (Ost) CD (2010)

Artist: Nick Cave

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Label Mute Records/emi
SKU 213446036
UPC 724596943625
UPC 14 00724596943625
Format CD
Release Date 1/12/2010
Author Nick Cave
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Technical Info
Engineer Jake Jackson
Producer Gerard McCann; Jake Jackson; Nick Cave; Warren Ellis
CatalogID 9436
Lable Name Mute
Released 01/12/2010
Original Release 2010
Number of Discs 1
SPARE Code n/a
Length 46m : 45s
Mono/Stereo Stereo
Studio/Live Studio
UPC 00724596943625
Album Notes and Credits
Audio Mixers: Gerard McCann; Jake Jackson .
Recording information: Air Studios, London.
Previous film scores by Nick Cave and Warren Ellis have been filled with a sense of atmospheric desolation that assumes tension, foreboding, dread, and ultimately violence, and preface the notion of the story on the screen. That said, their score for John Hillcoat's The Road -- adapted from Cormac McCarthy's post-apocalyptic novel of a father and son's journey across the barren landscape of what is left of America -- is a shift away from that technique. The 17 cues here are filled with very slight, spare, even skeletal pieces for violin and piano, with a few brief blazing moments of dissonant percussion-driven noise that point to the unfolding terror in the narrative. These are courtesy of an orchestral string section and added percussion, such as on the freakish "The Cannibals." These moments are few and far between, however. On "Memory," the orchestra leads the way, evoking something nearly pastoral, but burdened by so much sadness that it is actually an elegy. The longest piece here is "The Journey"; it contains traces of the film's musical theme, adorned with percussion and strings, and conjures some atmospheric dread and inherent disaster -- and recalls some of the pair's other work -- but even here it feels like a minor-key interlude with sonic effects designed to add tension and a mournful tinge. "The Cellar" is the most arrestingly dissonant piece with its aggression and dynamic explosiveness, but it's a brief cue of less than a minute and a half. Most of what's here is simply quiet and dignified, and serves the cinematic narrative as a bridge between father and son, who experience the many things they encounter through different eyes. As music, however, without that visual context, it's so minimal that it feels like a series of pieces that never quite resolve. Ultimately, when heard apart from its cinematic counterpart, it is the least memorable of the scores Cave and Ellis have recorded together, but is a pleasant, if not riveting, listening experience. ~ Thom Jurek
Disc 1
1 The Road: Home
2 The The Road: The Road
3 The Road: Storytime
4 The The Road: The Cannibals
5 The Road: Water And Ash
6 The The Road: The Mother
7 The The Road: The Real Thing
8 The Road: Memory
9 The The Road: The House
10 The The Road: The Far Road
11 The The Road: The Church
12 The The Road: The Journey
13 The The Road: The Cellar
14 The The Road: The Bath
15 The The Road: The Family
16 The The Road: The Beach
17 The The Road: The Boy
Product Attributes
Artist Cave,Nick
Music Format Compact Disc

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