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Title - 'August: Osage County' (OST)
Artist - Various

I actually went on a date and saw August: Osage County at the movies, on the big screen, as they say. And as much as it was not a movie I would have chosen to put money into, I did note along the way that the music played throughout was something well above average.

Indeed there are actually two (2) musical soundtracks for this film all in the one CD package! There is the male solo/group set of tracks (Bon Iver, Eric Clapton, Adam Taylor etc.) and then there's the orchestral score by Gustavo Santaolalla. And together they make for one incredible, rousing at times, quietly pensive at others cinematic soundtrack to this film.

August: Osage County (OST) kicks-off its fourteen tracks with an old Bon Iver cut, 'Himmon, TX' and then ploughs straight into an acoustic version of 'Last Mile Home' from the always-excellent Kings of Leon. Up next is the classic Eric Clapton song 'Lay Down Sally,' which actually plays over the opening credits and then again a few more times re: it has a more than telling musical role to play with the movie.

And as much as Santaolalla is credited for scoring the movie, it's actually Adam Taylor who also provides a number of instrumental tracks ('Don't Let Go,' 'The Kiss.') The CD comes to a close with more works from Santaolalla, including a delightful, truly lush 'End Credits' track played with magical flair on a Spanish guitar.