The Slaughter Rule (Original Movie Soundtrack)
The soundtrack to The Slaughter Rule (starring a very young,unknown, but still hunky RYAN GOSLING).
Score by Jay Farrar
Taken as a whole, it is a dark and meditative album which also perfectly echoes a stark and melancholic setting.
At their worst, soundtrack albums are merely a few well-placed, dust-covered classic rock anthems re-packaged for a quick sale to dim-witted movie goers. At their best, as with the works of Ry Cooder, T-Bone Burnett and Ennio Morricone, they reflect the tone and spirit of a movie, become an extension of it, as well as stand on their own as a distinct musical statement. The soundtrack to The Slaughter Rule (starring a very young and unknown RYAN GOSLING) is most decidedly the latter.
Providing the emotional heart of the album are several score selections by Jay Farrar (Son Volt, Uncle Tupelo); they are sparse and brooding with hints of John Fahey. Fleshing out the rest of the album are new recordings by Freakwater, Jay Farrar, Vic Chesnutt, Pernice Brothers, Cheri Knight & the Blood Oranges, Malcolm Holcombe, and previously released tracks from Ryan Adams, Neko Case, Wylie and the Wild West, Speedy West, The Flatlanders, and a rare track from Uncle Tupelo.
Taken as a whole, it is a dark and meditative album which also perfectly echoes the stark and melancholic setting. Look for the movie on DVD. One need not see it, though, to enjoy this striking album.