Composed By: David Wingo

Songs: By: Various Artists

Distributed by: Lakeshore Records

Reviewed by Melissa Minners


                In the movie Mud, two young boys, Ellis (Tye Sheridan) and Neckbone (Jacob Lofland) find a man hiding out on an island in the Mississippi.  Curious about him, the boys approach.  The man says his name is Mud (Matthew McConaughey) and proceeds to tell them tall tales about how he ended up on the island.  But one thing is for certain, Mud is planning to escape the lawmen hunting him with the love of his life Juniper (Reese Witherspoon).  At first, the boys are skeptical, but as they agree to help Mud, things start to get exciting...until they learn that Mud is not all he pretends to be.

                The Mud Soundtrack features a musical score by David Wingo and songs by various artists including Lucero, Dirty Three, Jeff McIlwain and Ben Nichols.  David Wingo is a musician/composer who got his start in film scoring by collaborating on the movie score of George Washington with Michael Linnen.  Since then he has composed the musical scores of such films as All the Real Girls, Take Shelter and The Sitter.

                The musical score of Mud is dramatic, featuring guitars and percussion that offer up a sense of adventure, yet also seem to describe the character of Mud.  There is a feeling of danger around this intensity that might not want to be explored.  All of the music on the album have a hint of the South in them.  The songs on the album are about love, either found or lost, but none are all too happy.

                To be quite honest, I don't know what I had expected from the Mud Soundtrack.  I had seen promotional footage of the film and look forward to seeing the movie, but the soundtrack was somewhat disappointing to me.  I found that most of the score tracks were too short and that some of the songs just lingered on and on.  At times the musical score seemed to grab you - like in the Opening Track and Tom Blankenship, but other times you found yourself bored or even shocked at the short length of the scoring segment.  Perhaps the music is better heard as background to the visuals of the film.  As a stand alone album, I doubt it will see much play.


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