Music From The Motion Picture The Assassination Of Jesse James By The Coward Robert…

Mute Records
Release date
22 Oct 2007
Running length
14 tracks
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    Track     Duration Listeners
1 Rather Lovely Thing 3:12 56,304
2 Moving On 2:31 54,477
3 Song for Jesse 2:35 67,107
4 Falling 2:53 43,598
5 Cowgirl 4:04 35,744
6 The Money Train 2:37 39,249
7 What Must Be Done 1:57 54,503
8 Another Rather Lovely Thing 3:27 38,718
9 Carnival 2:51 32,790
10 Last Ride Back to KC 5:22 31,586
11 What Happens Next 2:07 33,348
12 Destined for Great Things 2:25 29,886
13 Counting the Stars 1:19 31,440
14 Song for Bob 6:01 51,905

About this album

Review by James Leonard
Nick Cave, heretofore best known for his work with the Australian band Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds, has recently developed a flourishing side career as a composer of film scores. It started with Win Wenders using a couple of his songs in Wings of Desire, which led to his songs being used in a wide variety of movies from, Shriek II to the Scream franchise. But Cave has lately grown from merely providing songs to composing whole soundtracks, first in the bleak Australian western The Proposition (for which he also wrote the screenplay) and here, in the melancholy American western The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford.

Cave has proved a remarkably effective soundtrack composer, mostly because his movie music is not much different from his rock music. Both have their basis in American roots music and Cave’s doleful pianos, mournful acoustic guitars, and keening fiddles (provided by co-composer Warren Ellis) in both The Proposition and in The Assassination are of a piece with his earlier music, only without words. And his predilection for minor keys, sparse textures, yearning melodies, and funereal tempos is likewise similar to his rock music. But the most important quality of Cave as a film composer, like the most important quality of any film composer, is his ability to use his music to intensify the action onscreen. Here, the sorrow, the tragedy, and, in the end, the pity of The Assassination is amply enhanced by Cave’s score.

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  • MrKatsumi


    5 Jan 1:05am Reply
  • DeathKnight00

    Probably one of the best score i've ever heard. Thanks to Nick Cave & Warren Ellis. [3]

    5 Jul 2013 Reply
  • eyepenis

    definitely one of the best scores I've ever heard

    15 Oct 2012 Reply
  • mohsen3


    11 Oct 2012 Reply
  • marieaugustine

    Probably one of the best scores i've ever heard [4]

    16 Mar 2012 Reply
  • neonghosts

    this is wonderful

    8 Oct 2011 Reply
  • cisnenegro

    Probably one of the best score i've ever heard. Thanks to Nick Cave & Warren Ellis. [2]

    11 Jun 2011 Reply
  • tuffentiny


    27 May 2011 Reply
  • scott-freeman

    Found 'Song For Bob' randomly on Spotify one night, and fell in love. Listened to the entire soundtrack album over and over and over, each time it became more beautiful. That inspired me to watch the film, and now the music has even more depth and weight to it. Absolutely beautiful. Thank you, Nick and Warren, for some amazing music.

    5 Jan 2011 Reply
  • ende_neu81

    one of the best ST ever.

    27 Dec 2010 Reply
  • chroevskin

    This score very much reminds me of the There Will Be Blood score. The Fountain score also comes to mind. Great, very emotional.

    19 Dec 2010 Reply
  • ghosttownblues

    I'm so in love with this.

    21 Oct 2010 Reply
  • bobblydylan

    Just saw the film the other night. The narration + soundtrack killed me. Achingly beautiful.

    5 Oct 2010 Reply
  • mikeinbed

    Absolutely beautiful. Good thing the movie lived up to how good the score was.

    27 Jun 2010 Reply
  • Standizzle

    IMO the best soundtrack ever scored.

    23 Jun 2010 Reply
  • utbrottstjuv

    If it wasn't for this soundtrack I honestly don't know what I'd done with myself last summer. It's kept me sane.

    14 Jun 2010 Reply
  • iwishuwerehere

    Probably one of the best score i've ever heard. Thanks to Nick Cave & Warren Ellis.

    6 Jun 2010 Reply
  • brezuliik

    i just love this!

    7 Apr 2010 Reply

    amazing, shredding the listeners into pieces, this is what i call a killing soundtrack. a genuine soundtrack for assassination!!!

    3 Apr 2010 Reply
  • MauriceSnabilie


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