Ain't Them Bodies Saints

Music Composed By: Daniel Hart

Songs  By: Various Artists

Distributed by: Lakeshore Records

Reviewed by Melissa Minners


                In the movie Ain't Them Bodies Saints, Casey Affleck is Bob Muldoon, who, along with his pregnant wife Ruth (Rooney Mara) are bank robbers.  The couple were on a crime spree when one mistake ended in a local officer being critically wounded and Bob taking the fall for Ruth.  Facing a twenty-five year prison sentence, Bob breaks out of jail to be reunited with his wife and the daughter he has never met.

                The Ain't Them Bodies Saints Soundtrack features songs by various artists such as Curtis Heath, Greg Schroeder with Mara Lee Miller, Annell Brodeur, Andrew Tinker, Aaron Kyle and Keith Carradine, and a musical score by multi-instrumental musician and composer Daniel Hart.  Daniel Hart's musical career began at the age of three when his parents gifted him with a violin.  Since then, he has performed blues and jazz around the country and toured with bands like The Polyphonic Spree, St. Vincent and more.  In 2010, Hart began composing score for film.  He has been named a composer to keep an eye out for by

                The musical score of Ain't Them Bodies Saints features a slice of Americana with guitars, strings, horns, a banjo, finger snaps and hand claps.  There's a definite southern feel to this score and a mood of a fast moving train, symbolizing Bob and Ruth's rush headlong into disaster.  The songs are a mix of country and pop with an older feel giving the listener the idea of a movie set in the past or one featuring a great deal of flashbacks.  Each song seems to discuss a love lost.

                With the exception of two of the tracks, Appalachian Abduction (just didn't seem to belong) and Here We Are (a duet with no sense of harmony whatsoever), I found the Ain't Them Bodies Saints Soundtrack to be highly enjoyable.  The musical score is unique and the songs seem to describe the pain and anguish felt by Bob and Ruth as they are forced to separate and possibly never reunite again.  The album has the dramatic feel of the film and is definitely well-worth taking a listen to.  I can agree with's assessment - Daniel Hart is definitely a film composer to keep an eye on.


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