For director John Hillcoat's violent prohibition piece Lawless, regular collaborators Nick Cave & Warren Ellis pieced together quite an unexpected & interesting musical backdrop.
While their limited score for the film goes largely ignored on the album it's the songs they've arranged that are put into the spotlight. Cave & Ellis gather together notable acts such as Ralph Stanley, Mark Lanegan, Emmylou Harris & Willie Nelson to cover songs by Captain Beefheart, Townes Van Zandt & Velvet Undergound and tweak them to sound like genuine period pieces. They manage to maintain the haunting canvas of their previous works while producing something completely fresh and exciting.
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