North Country 1005


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    North Country 1005 Sony Music Distribution / Columbia

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Review Text North Country, starring Charlize Theron, is a fictionalized account of a landmark 1984 sexual harassment case concerning a female miner in Minnesota. Director Niki Caro (Whale Rider) produced the film's soundtrack, a Bob Dylan-heavy companion to the region that's augmented by Amores Perros composer Gustavo Santaolalla's lush score. Caro had toyed with building the soundtrack around Bruce Springsteen, but found his first person, young male narrative style clashed with the film's character arc. Instead, she chose Dylan, a native Minnesotan whose work speaks a more universal language. That said, it's perplexing that she would choose a rendition of the film's namesake song by the instrumentally talented, yet vocally challenged Leo Kottke. Dylan himself contributes from his canon "Lay Lady Lay," "Sweetheart Like You," "Do Right to Me Baby (Do Unto Others)," as well as an atmospheric new piece "Tell Ol' Bill" that mirrors much of his late-'90s work. Also contributing to the Dylan love fest is Cat Power, whose piano-driven version of "Paths of Victory" is an album highlight. ~ James Christopher Monger

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  1. 1. North Country - 2:07
  2. 2. Girl of the North Country - 4:34
  3. 3. Tell Ol' Bill - 5:08
  4. 4. Werewolves of London - 3:28
  5. 5. Bette Davis Eyes - 4:49
  6. 6. If I Said You Had a Beautiful Body (Would You Hold It Against Me) - 3:17
  7. 7. Lay Lady Lay - 3:19
  8. 8. Saturday in My Classroom - 4:48
  9. 9. Sweetheart Like You - 5:35
  10. 10. Baby Don't Get Hooked on Me - 3:05
  11. 11. Do Right to Me Baby (Do Unto Others) - 4:52
  12. 12. Standing Up - 3:43
  13. 13. Paths of Victory - 3:22

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