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True Grit
(2010)
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Composed, Co-Orchestrated, Conducted, and Produced by:

Co-Orchestrated by:
Sonny Kompanek
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Nonesuch Records
(December 21st, 2010)
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Regular U.S. release.
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Buy it... if you appreciated the restrained but pretty and redemptive music in the film and wish to explore the extent of Carter Burwell's competent adaptation of 19th Century protestant hymns to make that authentic sound possible.

Avoid it... if you desire either Burwell's own distinct musical voice or an abundance of truly original material, because the composer only allows his normal mannerisms to inform the music on rare occasions and the vast majority of the score relies heavily upon the hymns.
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FILMTRACKS TRAFFIC RANK: #1,347
WRITTEN 1/27/11
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True Grit: (Carter Burwell) In their efforts to remake the 1969 film True Grit, the writer/producer/director team of Joel and Ethan Coen sought to follow a more faithful adaptation of Charles Portis' 1968 novel of the same name, hesitant to alter any aspect of the story's perspective or narrative. Despite lingering resentment from John Wayne fans, the Coen Brothers' 2010 version of True Grit has been deemed a resounding success by both critics and audiences, propelling the picture to countless awards nominations early the following year. The tale is told through the eyes of a 14-year-old girl in the Old West who seeks to avenge the death of her father (and theft of his gold) at the hands of one of his hired men. She eventually teams up with a Texas Ranger and Deputy U.S. Marshal to find the gang of outlaws with which this wanted man rides. Bickering between the men yields an alliance strained but still ultimately driven by their duties, the older Marshal played by Jeff Bridges in the role that won Wayne his only Academy Award. The performance of the girl, and her character's narration throughout True Grit, is key to understanding the Coen Brothers' approach to the entire story, including its use of music. Because of her youth and the religious aspect of her upbringing, the film relies heavily upon this perspective to set a tone deemed better connected to that of the novel. The Coens originally intended to use religious hymn music as the sole source of soundtrack material for their adaptation, though during discussions with their trusted compositing collaborator, Carter Burwell, a mixture of original and source inspiration was eventually adopted. This film marks the 15th partnership between the Coen Brothers and Burwell, and at several times in the past, as in O Brother, Where Art Thou?, the composer has been faced with the task of working around a healthy dose of songs and various traditional pieces in his assignments. For True Grit, he had a task that was arguably more difficult than in previous times, taking a collection of hymns that he helped to select for the picture (avoiding any of a particularly melodramatic personality) and manipulating them in a wide spectrum of ways to suit the narrative arc of the journey on screen.



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Closing Credits Hymn
SF - June 7, 2011, at 12:33 p.m.
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TRACK LISTINGS AND AUDIO
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Total Time: 35:25
• 1. The Wicked Flee (2:36)
• 2. La Boeuf Takes Leave (3:00)
• 3. Little Blackie (1:06)
• 4. River Crossing (1:24)
• 5. The Hanging Man (1:59)
• 6. Talk About Suffering (1:33)
• 7. Your Headstrong Ways (0:30)
• 8. A Great Adventure (0:59)
• 9. We Don't Need Him Do We? (0:52)
• 10. Father's Gun (1:23)
• 11. A Methodist and a Son of a Bitch (3:00)
• 12. Talking to Horses (0:35)
• 13. A Turkey Shoot (2:48)
• 14. Taken Hostage (2:03)
• 15. One Against Four (1:39)
• 16. The Snake Pit (3:18)
• 17. Ride to Death (2:29)
• 18. I Will Carry You (1:59)
• 19. A Quarter Century (1:24)
• 20. The Grave (0:59)
(some download versions of the score contain a different track order)

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NOTES AND QUOTES
The packaging of the album consists of a cardboard tri-fold slipcase with a list of performers and a note from Burwell about the score contained within.
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