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Crazy Heart [Deluxe Edition] ()

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The Deluxe Edition of the soundtrack for Crazy Heart contains all 23 tracks that appeared in the film, in the original sequence they appeared. The album was produced by T Bone Burnett and contains 16 songs from the film starring Jeff Bridges. The movie is dedicated to Stephen Bruton -- a legendary Texas musician and lifelong friend of Burnett -- who wrote or co-wrote most of the original music performed by Bridges and Ryan Bingham here. He died from cancer shortly after finishing the project. While officially based on a book by songwriter Thomas Cobb, the film took just as much of its inspiration from the life of Bruton, who lived the life that Bridges' Bad Blake did for over three decades. Musically it's the performances by Bridges that are the most arresting here. He can deliver a rollicking honky tonk song ("Somebody Else"), a lost-on-the-highway-of-life song (the punchy blues-rocker "Fallin' and Flyin'"), a love song ("Hold on You"), or a beer weeper (the Greg Brown-penned "Brand New Angel") with the requisite amount of bravado, grit, and tenderness of a seasoned country artist. Bingham, a songwriter and relative newcomer, proves himself a worthy counterpart in his performances -- especially on the film's theme song, "The Weary Kind." The soundtrack also gifts the listener a world-weary a cappella performance of Billy Joe Shaver's "Live Forever" by Robert Duvall and a hardcore trucker anthem in "Gone Gone Gone" by Colin Farrell! There's also a killer duet version of "Fallin' & Flyin'" by Farrell and Bridges. The rest of the set is filled out with cuts by Buck Owens, Waylon Jennings, Townes Van Zandt, the Louvin Brothers, Lydia Mendoza, Kitty Wells, George Jones, Lucinda Williams, the Delmore Brothers, Lightnin' Hopkins, and Sam Phillips (the female songwriter, not the Sun Records founder). The original tunes are played by an alternating cast including Burnett, Bruton, Greg Leisz, Jay Bellerose, Buddy Miller, Dennis Crouch, Joel Guzman, Thomas Canning, and Patrick Warren. The catalog material is well chosen, not obvious, and adds much to the overall listening experiencing. ~ Thom Jurek, Rovi Hide synopsis

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