January 09, 2006 at 05:00 AM EST

Brokeback Mountain Original Soundtrack

type
Music
Current Status
In Season
performer
Various Artists
Producers
Verve
genre
Soundtracks
We gave it a B

Not counting Rufus Wainwright and Teddy Thompson’s laconic version of ”King of the Road,” the Brokeback Mountain Original Soundtrack plays it pretty, well, straight. Composer Gustavo Santaolalla’s New Age country instrumentals alternate with the arid likes of Emmylou Harris and Willie Nelson. Relief from the unrelenting tastefulness comes from Linda Ronstadt (her oldie ”It’s So Easy” sounds downright frisky in this context) and the Gas Band, whose ”An Angel Went Up in Flames” tips its hat to Charlie Daniels.

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