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Rating: NNNFor the soundtrack of the Coen Brothers' forthcoming flick, O Brother, Where Art Thou? -- a comedic retelling of.


Rating: NNN

For the soundtrack of the Coen Brothers’ forthcoming flick, O Brother, Where Art Thou? — a comedic retelling of Homer’s Odyssey set in Mississippi in 1937 — producer T-Bone Burnett has put together an old-timey assortment of string band music, prison work songs and gospel, mixing vintage recordings with newly contrived facsimiles in the modern-primitive style he developed with Gillian Welch.

Having sweet-voiced ringers like Alison Krauss, Emmylou Harris and Welch (along with the annoyingly quaint Whites and Cox Family) pretty up the desperate, Depression-era tunes might suit the sonic requirements of the Coens, but the eerie beauty of the Carter Family and Jimmie Rodgers music they’ve used as a model has been lost in the translation. Accept no substitutes seek out the real stuff instead. O Brother, Where Art Thou? opens locally December 29.TP

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