Carter Burwell

The Blind Side [Original Score]

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Composer Carter Burwell (Fargo, In Bruges, Twilight) infused this 2009 Oscar-nominated, feel-good football drama with warmth and whimsy, utilizing both classical and pop music elements, resulting in a solid score that falls somewhere in between Thomas Newman’s work on American Beauty and Rolfe Kent’s score for Sideways. Bolstered by a handful of effective transitional tracks like Canned Heat’s “Goin’ Up the Country,” Dave Brubeck’s “Unsquare Dance,” Five For Fighting’s “Chances,” and a cover of Nick Drake’s "Cello Song," from indie electronic outfit the Books and Swedish singer/songwriter José González, The Blind Side makes for compelling listening all the way through.

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