The Hollars

Musical Score By: Josh Ritter

Songs By: Various Artists

Distributed by: Lakeshore Records

Reviewed by Melissa Minners


                In the comedy, The Hollars, John Krasinski is John Hollar, a struggling artist in New York City forced to return to his roots when his motherís (Margo Martindale) illness calls him back to the small middle-American town he once called home.  Once there, John is immediately brought back into the problems caused by his dysfunctional family, a high school rival and an over-eager ex-girlfriend (Mary Elizabeth Winstead), along with his own issues regarding impending fatherhood with his New York girlfriend (Anna Kendrick).

                The Hollars Soundtrack features songs by Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros, The Head and the Heart, The Indigo Girls and Billy Bragg & Wilco, along with musical score by American singer and songwriter Josh Ritter.  Josh Ritter began writing songs as a teenager, buying his first guitar at the local K-Mart.  Falling in love with folk music in college caused him to change his major form neuroscience to American History Through Folk Music.  He recorded his first album while still in college.  A talented musician with a number of albums under his belt, Ritter is also an accomplished author.

                The music of The Hollars has a definite folk feel with acoustic guitars, pianos, light percussion and harmonies.  The score is mostly light and airy with a travelerís feel to it, but the songs are sending a message, especially my favorite by The Indigo Girls, Closer to Fine.  In that song in particular, the message is stop trying to look for a definitive meaning in life.  The less you worry about the reason for being the more you are able to enjoy life as a whole.

                I enjoyed The Hollars Soundtrack with its world in motion folk style.  Of course, I did find myself playing Closer to Fine over and over, but I have to say that the rest of the soundtrack was equally enjoyable Ė I just have a special tie to that song.  The Hollars Soundtrack is an enjoyable listen that you wonít mind playing over and over again.


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