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March 24, 1998
Soundtrack, Soundtracks

Album Review

"Music by Ry Cooder, " reads the credit, which means that the brief, eclectic score for this political satire was compiled by Cooder and that he played on much of it, though he is credited or co-credited as a composer on only four of 14 selections, which is the same number of composer credits his son Joachim gets. Both father and son turn in the occasional orchestral piece that sounds like traditional soundtrack music. But there is also Americana in the form of versions of "Camptown Races" and "You Are My Sunshine," as well as Latin sounds from Perez Prado ("Silbando Mambo") and ambient music in "Wide Sky," co-written and performed by trumpeter Jon Hassell. It's appropriate music for a film that ranges from the backwoods to the hustings and from broad comedy to intense melodrama, and like all Ry Cooder scores, it's eminently listenable outside the movie theater.
William Ruhlmann, Rovi

Track Listing

  1. Camptown Races
  2. Not the Best People
  3. There Will Be a Happy Meeting in Glory
  4. Our Position
  5. Silbando Mambo
  6. I Like This Porch
  7. Wide Sky
  8. See That Moon
  9. Very Close Friend of Mine
  10. Long Trip
  11. Tennessee Waltz
  12. Don't Break Our Hearts
  13. Camptown Races
  14. You Are My Sunshine