Original Soundtrack

Little Boy Blue

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The official soundtrack to the indie film Little Boy Blue balances a portion of Stewart Copeland's original score alongside a half-dozen country, blues and jazz songs by acts ranging from Tex-Mex pioneer Doug Sahm to Fabulous Thunderbirds frontman Kim Wilson, and while all the music has merit, the disc is far too scattershot to forge a coherent listening experience. While Copeland's moodily abstract electronics are the primary draw here, only about 11 minutes of his complete score actually appear -- far too little to accurately gauge its effectiveness. Moreover, the score clashes wildly with the remaining six tracks -- Sahm's "Blessed Are These Tears" and the Derailers' "My Heart's Ready" are wonderful evocations of the classic country music spirit, but everything about Little Boy Blue feels off-kilter, and it's tough to imagine even the most ardent fans (or any of its contributing artists) listening to the disc more than once or twice.

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