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Boomkat Product Review:
You may well think we need another Ray Winstone gangster-flick like we need a another hole in the ozone layer, but for once we'll let it pass. Why? Because the soundtrack is an absolute corker.
Transposing the normal East End locale for 19th Century Australia, 'The Proposition' is a violent and dusty treatise on outback loyalties, written by the master of murder-macabre - Mr Nick Cave. As well as turning his hand to screenplays, Cave has also taken the soundtrack helm, drafting in long time Bad Seeds collaborator and Dirty Three front man Warren Ellis for aural backup; the result being a sonorous and deserted collection of sun bleached music.
Possessing an atmosphere that borrows heavily from classic chamber music, Cave and Ellis endeavour to invoke the isolation and bleak-beauty felt by the characters, with reoccurring motifs and splinters of left-field influences keeping things interesting. Whilst this translates to fractured church hymns one minute and avant-drone the next, it is when the ballads kick in that 'The Proposition' really hits home - carving real emotion from the heat-haze instrumentation and bourbon lyricism. A proposition well worth investigating...