Magazine article U.S. Catholic

Inside Llewyn Davis

Magazine article U.S. Catholic

Inside Llewyn Davis

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INSIDE LLEWYN DAVIS

Various Artists (Nonesuch, 2013)

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The songwriter is dead. Long live the songwriter. The Inside Llewyn Davis soundtrack comes from the 2013 film of the same name by Ethan and Joel Coen. The film and its music ride on the trend of popular music with songs that are not exactly country, not exactly folk, and not exactly Americana. Instead it's an era, according to producer T-Bone Burnett, that belongs to the songwriter. Think Taylor Swift, Marcus Mumford, Adele, the Lumineers.

Burnett collaborated with the Coen Brothers to produce an album that largely serves as a musical score. And while it stands on its own without the film, there are moments--particularly, "Please Mr. Kennedy"--that are too bouncy, unrestrained, and even silly to cohesively play with the subtlety of the rest of the collection. But as in another Burnett-produced album for the Coen Brothers--namely, O Brother, Where Art Thou?--it's not difficult to give the collection a little room considering the greatness behind the work. …

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