Elizabethtown

For most critics, the soundtrack to Cameron Crowe’s “Elizabethtown” (2005) was a far, far better thing that the movie itself. I remember sitting through the Kentucky homecoming/Western road trip/journey of self-discovery film determined to watch Elf Boy to the bitter end (and can we all agree that Orlando Bloom is adorably cute but only at his best when surrounded by hobbits and/or pirates?) and making a mental note to get the soundtrack. And you know how useful mental notes are: Not very. Anyway, fast forward three years, and my brother serendipitously gives me the soundtrack for my birthday. Eureka! It’s wonderful, simply wonderful — better than I remembered. You’ve got Elton John, Tom Petty, Lindsey Buckingham, Nancy Wilson, My Morning Jacket, The Hollies and others with these deeply evocative and authentically rooted songs, including a hauntingly beautiful rendition of Stephen Foster’s 1855 ballad “Hard Times” by folk-rock duo Eastmountainsouth. Go to amazon.com to sample or to add to your collection.

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