August: Osage County OST

The much-anticipated and now Oscar nominated; best actress for The Streep, best supporting actress for The Roberts (sincerely hoping my monikers for them stick) movie version of the award-winning play August: Osage County needs a suitably BIG OST to complement it.

This OST not only has some original music but also some songs written especially for the film which shows the clout of the movie, the stars and the record company.

This is an album for country music fans; featuring the classic “Lay Down Sally” from Eric Clapton’s album Slow Hand is always going to be a winner in my book but I am a sucker for a bit of country rock. To back that up we have “Last Mile Home” by Kings of Leon, written especially for this film it is a softer more soulful KOL than I am used to but those gravelly vocals get me every time. Track 7 “Gawd Above” is an outstanding song by young Americana singer-songwriter John Fullbright, meaningful lyrics delivered with an Oklahoma drawl. There is a country theme to most of the songs featured on the OST but my favourite little treat is track 11 with Benedict Cumberbatch (The Batch as he shall henceforth be known) singing “Can’t Keep It Inside” – a sweet little love song that I kept humming in the shower.

The original music is composed by Gustavo Santaolalla (who won two Oscars for Best Original Score, for his work on Babel and Brokeback Mountain) and Adam Taylor; these are suitably moody, soaring and emotional (and often short) and my only gripe is the feeling that these should all have been grouped together at the beginning or end of the album as they throw off the pace.

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