Inside Llewyn Davis [Original Motion Picture Soundtrack] Image
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  • Summary: The soundtrack to the Coen Brothers film about the the Greenwich Village folk music scene in the early 60s includes production from T-Bone Burnett and songs sung by the actors (Oscar Isaac, Carey Mulligan, Stark Sands, Justin Timberlake) of the film.

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  1. Positive: 4 out of 8
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  1. Nov 14, 2013
    83
    Film soundtracks can seldom be appreciated as standalone works, but the music from Inside Llewyn Davis is a notable, and welcome exception to the rule. As evident in both their film and musical work, the Coen brothers are getting good at creating exceptions.
  2. Nov 21, 2013
    80
    The soundtrack delivers a faithful sample of Bleecker Street's earnest, antique folkery, ably sung by actor Oscar Isaac, Justin Timberlake, Marcus Mumford and others.
  3. Nov 22, 2013
    80
    From the traditional folk cover of "The Last Thing on My Mind" (originally by Tom Paxton) sung by actor Stark Sands to the anti-war political charge of "Please Mr Kennedy," featuring Timberlake, it rarely fails to capture the mood.
  4. 60
    Produced by the Coens with T Bone Burnett, the album captures well the sanctimony, bogus bucolicism and beatnik romanticism that characterised the age, along with that tang of “revolution in the air” (to quote its most successful adherent).
  5. 60
    This soundtrack may be Hollywood-ized, but it’s also spirited in its reflection of America’s past 50 years.
  6. Nov 14, 2013
    50
    None of the actors have the vocal character of the late Dave Van Ronk, whose biography inspired the film and whose bluesy "Green, Green Rocky Road" caps this set, or of another folk singer--the young Bob Dylan--whose rarity "Farewell" signals a new era dawning in the film and on this collection.
  7. Dec 2, 2013
    50
    As focused and professional as it is, the Inside Llewyn Davis soundtrack is everything you wouldn’t expect from the Coen brothers: measured, serious, and kind of lifeless.

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  1. Positive: 2 out of 2
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  1. Nov 25, 2013
    10
    This is an amazing soundtrack, simply because it is more than just an accompaniment, it's a "best of" for the folk music scene. Oscar Isaac is amazing at both capturing Van Ronk's essence while also making the songs his own and Timberlake and Mulligan breathe new life into the overly familiar song 500 Miles. I would highly recommend this album as both an introduction for those unfamiliar to the folk scene and for folk lovers who want to hear amazing covers of their favorite song. Expand
  2. Dec 3, 2013
    8
    Fantastic soundtrack to what will be a fantastic movie. The soul radiates in every song. I wish Timberlake, Sands, Isaac, and Mulligan could all make an album someday with Mumford. Such heartwarming music. Watching the movie will only make it better. Expand