Crazy Heart is in limited release so I’ve been forbidden to post my review yet, but I will say this – it is definitely one of the year’s best films. It’s like a kinder, gentler, blue-sky version of last year’s The Wrestler. One of the film’s strengths is the soundtrack, especially the song “The Weary Kind.” Jeff Bridges, Robert Duvall and Collin Farrell all sing on the soundtrack, due out on January 19th, 2010.
Ryan Bingham co-wrote the song with T-Bone Burnett and the duo scored a Golden Globe nomination last week for Best Original Song. You probably recognized Burnett’s name, as he produced the soundtrack for Walk the Line and worked with the Coen brothers for 2002’s O Brother, Where Are Thou (he won an Album of the Year Grammy award for that soundtrack). I hadn’t heard of Bingham until Crazy Heart, but that’s because I don’t listen to alternative country music, or any country for that matter. Even still, Bingham’s got a melodic, raspy, whiskey-meets-velvet voice and I think you’ll enjoy the live performance of “The Weary Kind” below.