If ever a soundtrack provided a sound argument in favor of seeing a film about a musician (even a fictional one) this is it. Usually, it works in reverse - you see the film, then go out and buy the soundtrack (it came out yesterday) - but if you even own just one Hank Williams record, you'll want to add this to your iPod as soon as possible. Jeff Bridges dominates the album with renditions of original songs written by T Bone Burnett for the film, and they stand up to muster even when compared to, say, Townes Van Zandt's "If I Needed You," and Waylon Jennings' "Are You Sure Hank Done It This Way."
The film's theme, "The Weary Kind," is a collaboration between Burnett and Ryan Bingham, a contemporary country singer whose sophomore release on Lost Highway, Roadhouse Sun, is surefire proof that it's still possible to make good, timeless country music (because it's sure not coming out of Nashville anymore.) "The Weary Kind" is so good, in fact, that it won a Golden Globe. With such a fabulous score, it's really hard to believe that the film could be anything but stellar. And even if Crazy Heart isn't the gem critics everywhere are saying it is, the film's soundtrack is good enough to make up for its shortcomings.