Title - 'Our Idiot Brother: Soundtrack' (ABKCO Records)
Artist - Various
'Our Idiot Brother' is a Paul Rudd-led film that features the actor playing a clueless, means-well-but-just-doesn’t-get-it Ned, who finds himself relying on his sisters’ (Zooey Deschanel, Elizabeth Banks, Emily Mortimer) hospitality after being dumped by his girlfriend. In predictable fashion, Ned is a grating force on his family who has to cope with his lax, trusting personality.
But it seems like the music behind 'Our Idiot Brother' has some pretty cool direction. The movie features music from Eric D. Johnson, the driving force behind Fruit Bats, and Nathan Larson of Shudder to Think fame. The soundtrack will be released on ABKCO Records.
A very close-to-the-original, and yet smoothly original 'Tie A Yellow Ribbon Round The Ole Oak Tree' (originally Dawn featuring Tony Orlando, and here now Eric D. Johnson) sets the album off and running. The song is just perfect for that sunny summers day spent lazing around in an open field; as it always once was, of course. The Willie Nelson track 'Wonderful Future' is next and is pure Nelson-country all the way down the line.
Nathan Larson & Eric D. Johnson come together for the short instrumental 'The Main Title,' before the Generationals unleash the fun 'They Fight, They Fight.' The New Orleans duo, Ted Joyner and Grant Widmer add their time-capsulated sugary touch to this soundtrack perfectly. Eric D. Johnson's band, Fruit Bats then contribute the song 'Lightning Bug,' before Nathan Larson gives us the short, but sweet instrumental 'Mellotron Melody.'
Willie Nelson returns with a harmonica-infused 'Midnight Rider' - a song written by Gregg Allman and Richard Payne back in 1970 - before Mindy Smith and Daniel Tashian come together for the beautiful 'Taking You With Me.' The super-short Nathan Larson & Eric D. Johnson composed 'The Harvest Theme' is next with the cool breeze of Thao with the Get Down Stay Down's 'Cool Yourself' along next.
Willie Nelson's slow-poke 'Ol’ Blue' is next, with another filler instrumental track from Nathan Larson & Eric D. Johnson ('The Taxi') behind it. Eric D. Johnson and Nathan Larson become a trio along with Nina Persson (The Cardigans) on 'Cowboys and Hobos,' before Eric D. Johnson cuts the solo track, '2 Roadrunners.'
The quite stunningly-orchestrated soundtrack culminates with El May's folksy-trip 'The Things You Lost' and the always-delightful Carole King's 'Beautiful,' a song where listeners can truly appreciate the beauty of her voice, wraps things up.