Crazy Heart Soundtrack
Crazy Heart, the movie, was vastly overpraised by critics even though it was a grab bag of clichés and implausibilities enhanced by a good performance by Jeff Bridges. As for the music on the soundtrack album, it, too, is a bag of clichés. “The Weary Kind,” the (Oscar-winning) song that closes the film, is supposed to be the feat of great songwriting that revives the career of Bad Blake, the character Bridges plays, but it fades from memory even as you’re listening to it. Though we’re supposed to believe that Bad Blake is a great songwriter, his comeback song is burdened with an artily self-conscious title, as though weary people are a distinct breed from other folks. The soundtrack was produced by T-Bone Burnett, so it should be better, but in keeping with the warmed-over sensibilities at work on so much of the film, it’s no surprise that the music is predictable, too. Robert Duvall sings a couple, and Bridges does, too. They’re not bad, but they’re nothin’ to write home about. Right at the center of the soundtrack is ol’ dead Waylon singin’ “Are You Sure Hank Done It This Way,” serving as a reminder of just how ersatz the rest of the music in the film has been.