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  • Summary: The soundtrack to the film about a hard-living country music singer (Jeff Bridges) features the Golden Globe-winning song "The Weary Kind."
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  1. The surprise on the set is how well the new music holds up against the vintage material.
  2. Bridges and his onscreen protégé, Colin Farrell, give admirable heft (yes, they're really singing) to originals penned by Burnett and a crew of veteran sidemen.
  3. Musically it’s the performances by Bridges that are the most arresting here.
  4. Paired with Bruton's lyricism, co-producer T Bone Burnett's saturated Americana backdrop, and Joel Guzman's accordion brushes, Bridges notches a Tex-Mex trifecta starting with opener "Hold on You" that bodes well against Burnett's other soundtrack selections, including Townes Van Zandt ("If I Needed You"), Waylon Jennings ("Are You Sure Hank Done It This Way"), and Lightnin' Hopkins ("Once a Gambler").
  5. At times it can settle too readily into a kind of country chug, and one begins to feel stuck for too long in a dusty, last-breath pick-up on some interminable road trip. But when it is good, it is very, very good.
  6. The actor dominates this soundtrack, not just in the number of tracks he sings but in the quality of his husky burr. It doesn't hurt that he has a great producer (T Bone Burnett) and good material--courtesy of Ryan Bingham and the late Stephen Bruton, who co-wrote the songs for Bridges' character.
  7. This soundtrack is a remarkable accomplishment—for Burnett, as further evidence of his striking abilities as a songwriter; for Bingham, as the fiery new head honcho in Americana today; and for Bridges, who proves that he’s not the Dude—he’s a country singer.

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