TransAmerica: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack

Original Motion Picture Soundtrack


First Appeared in The Music Box, March 2006, Volume 13, #3

Written by John Metzger


The soundtrack to TransAmerica contains a treasure trove of music that runs the gamut from the African grooves of Miriam Makeba’s Jal’Inkoma to David Mansfield’s earthy, instrumental score. Its heart and soul, however, is the roots-oriented fare, both old and new, that captures the emotional essence of the movie. For example, Larry Sparks finds strength within the weariness of Lay My Burden Down; Lucinda Williams brings a soothing and peaceful ambience to Like a Rose; Jim Lauderdale joins Ralph Stanley and the Clinch Mountain Boys to settle into the rural landscape of Lost in the Lonesome Pines; Duncan Sheik strikes a spiritual chord with his ethereal interpretation of I Am a Pilgrim; and Dolly Parton jovially strolls through the Academy Award-nominated Travelin’ Thru. Unfortunately, while actor Graham Greene’s crooning of Beautiful Dreamer might play a pivotal role in the film, it — along with the snippets of dialogue that also are included — serves only to mar the compilation by lending it an overbearing air of self-importance. Otherwise, the material speaks just as strongly for itself as it does for the film. starstarstar

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1 Star: Pitiful
2 Stars: Listenable
3 Stars: Respectable
4 Stars: Excellent
5 Stars: Can't Live Without It!!


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