Various Artists

O Brother, Where Art Thou?

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Joel and Ethan Coen have long established themselves as film stylists without peer: from Blood Simple to Fargo, their movies have never been less than fascinating, and there has never been any question that their films could not have been made by anyone else. In T-Bone Burnett, the producer of the soundtrack for O Brother, Where Art Thou?, they have finally met their match: Burnett's work in assembling a collection of pieces for the Depression-set film is as skilled and entrancing as the film itself.

Despite the presence of Emmylou Harris, Gillian Welch, Alison Krauss and bluegrass legend Ralph Stanley, the stars here are the songs themselves, a host of traditional songs augmented by archival recordings. The collection is also a showcase for a host of lesser known and forgotten bluegrass masters: The Cox Family, collaborators with Krauss; Norman Blake, a sideman for Bob Dylan and June Carter Cash; country gospel group The Whites, who once counted Ricky Skaggs as a member (and who, here, cover the Carter Family); and young bluesman Chris Thomas King among them. All bring life to their songs, and the results are sublime--and, at times (Krauss and a choir's take on "Down To The River to Pray", Blake's instrumental version of the oft-repeated "I Am A Man of Constant Sorrow"), downright entrancing.


1.Po Lazarus - J. Carter & Prisoners 2.Big Rock Candy Mountain - Harry McLintock 3.You Are My Sunshine - Norman Blake 4.Down In The River To Pray - Alison Krauss5.I Am A Man Of Constant Sorrow - The Soggy Bottom Boys 6.Hard Time Killing Floor Blues - Chris Thomas King 7.Man Of Constant Sorrow (Instrumental) - Norman Blake 8.Keep On The Sunny Side - The Whites 9.i'll Fly Away - Gillian Welch & Alison Krauss 10.didn't Leave Nobody But The Baby - Gillian Welch, Alison 11.In The Highways - The Peasall Sisters 12.I Am Weary - The Cox Family 13.I Am A Man Of Constant Sorrow (Instrumental) - John 14.O Death - Ralph Stanley 15.In The Jailhouse Now - The Soggy Bottom Boys featuring Tim 16.I Am A Man Of Constant Sorrow (With Band) - The Soggy 17.Indian War Whoop (Instrumental) - John Hartford 18.Lonesome Valley - The Fairfield Four 19.Angel Band - The Stanley Brothers