OST - Cold Mountain
Metascore
73

Generally favorable reviews - based on 10 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 7 out of 10
  2. Negative: 0 out of 10
  1. 100
    So cool and so good that no one will even notice Meg White has been replaced by a mandolin.
  2. Having the White Stripes' Jack White (who also appears in the film) sing four of the dozen 1800s-era numbers here in a reasonable proto-hillbilly whine provides a solid point of entry for nonfolkies.
  3. Unfortunately, the orchestral work for the film is hastily assembled as if it were an afterthought.
  4. With five songs, Jack establishes himself as a well-schooled artist in musical history and a fine performer with his traditional adaptations.
  5. Dark, dusty, and ever bittersweet, Burnett's musical archaeology here is something considerably more than merely "O Brother Redux."
  6. While it's unlikely that he'll pursue anything as historically precise as this for a solo career, 'Cold Mountain' proves what most of us have long suspected: when The White Stripes end, White will be far from finished.
  7. Works nearly as well on its own as it did when accompanying the film.
  8. 60
    The soundtrack is faultlessly authentic, though you might wish it weren't so damned reverent. [Mar 2004, p.130]
  9. Cold Mountain's salvation is the Sacred Harp Singers at Liberty Church, a shaped-note choral group that delivers its two hymns with an otherworldly intensity.
  10. Mostly though this is bland Hollywood fodder masquerading as something more.

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