Roots music CD World Roots Music Roots Bluegrass became pop music for a while when the soundtrack to this 2000 Coen Brothers film became one of the 10 top-selling soundtracks ever. Here's the complete T-Bone Burnett-produced soundtrack plus a CD with 14 more tracks, 12 of which are unissued re The best soundtracks are like movies for the ears, and O Brother, Where Art Thou? joins the likes of Saturday Night Fever and The Harder They Come as cinematic pinnacles of song. The music from the Coen brothers' Depression-era film taps into the source from which the purest strains of country, blues, bluegrass, folk, and gospel music flow. Producer T Bone Burnett enlists the voices of Alison Krauss, Gillian Welch, Emmylou Harris, Ralph Stanley, and kindred spirits for performances of traditional material, in arrangements that are either a cappella or feature bare-bones accompaniment. Highlights range from the aching purity of Krauss's "Down to the River to Pray" to the plainspoken faith of the Whites' "Keep on the Sunny Side" to Stanley's chillingly plaintive "O Death." The album's spiritual centerpiece finds Krauss, Welch, and Harris harmonizing on "Didn't Leave Nobody but the Baby," a gospel lullaby that sounds like a chorus of Appalachian angels. --Don McLeese
OK, you're watching a movie and like the music so much, you wish they'd stop the dialogue so you can listen to the songs!Producers got it right by hiring a "who's who" list of musicians & vocal artists to cover traditional songs like Stanley Brothers "I'm a Man of Constant Sorrow" and others.Decent CD player & a pair of headphones and you can actually hear the echo from that pitch perfect four part harmony.As others have said, it's a great disk or i..
Always a fun album to hear. It's hard to believe the movie is 14 years old; the music is still very enjoyable, especially if you have fond memories of watching the film to back it up. At purchase time, the vinyl was barely more expensive than the MP3 album and had AutoRip included, so it was worth going vinyl for the novelty.While it isn't the albums fault (still five stars), during summer months you will want to make sure you ship any vinyl to an address where UPS..