Graham Reid | | <1 min read
Music to a movie with interesting credentials. From the novel The Wettest Country in the World by Matt Bondurant about his bootlegging grandfather in Virginia, a screenplay by Nick Cave and directed by John Hillcoat (The Road, Cave's Proposition and Ghosts of the Civil Dead), it is a Depression-era gangster-cum-bootlegger story starring Shia LaBeouf, Guy Pearce and Gary Oldman.
It comes from a different angle than Bonnie and Clyde.
Here Lanegan delivers the strident, fiddle-coloured Fire and Brimstone and a bluegrass-kissed version of Lou Reed's White Light/White Heat, Cave and Ellis offer typically unnerving material, and Harris the ethereal You'll Aim Towards the Sky. And she has variations on Cave and Ellis' Fire in the Blood.
A highpoint is Stanley with his ancient sounding version of the same piece which segues into a breathy Harris on Townes Van Zandt's spooky Snake Song.
This is for Cave completists and the movie is some way off, but don't wait until then to hear 85-year old Stanley offer a moonshiner's take on Reed's heroin rush White Light/White Heat.
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