March 30, 2006

Walk The Line OTC

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Although many post-adolescents of our generation automatically disregard the genre of country, the soundtrack of Walk the Line puts a slight modern spin to the old honky-tonk sound. The tunes bring back that old musical phenomenon: harmony. Although Joaquin Phoenix seems to struggle a little with his solos, when he pairs up with Reese Witherspoon they’re “hotter than a pepper sprout.” You can feel how sexy they are through the twanging singsong sing-alongs. Bob Dylan’s lyrics in “It Ain’t Me Babe,” are refreshingly brutally honest. Instead of these modern oh-baby-I’m-your-knight-in-shining-armor promises, Bob confesses that if you want “Someone to open each and every door/ It ain’t me babe/ It ain’t me your looking for.” Although Johnny Cash’s tunes about snorting coke and shooting women aren’t my personal favorite, they appealed to the men of Folsom Prison. Personally I prefer the softer sentiments written by various members of the Carter family such as “Wildwood Flower” and “Juke Box Blues.”

Archived article by Claire Readhead