Unlike the experimental shadings of his earlier score to The Ice Storm for
director Ang Lee, this Civil War epic is cloaked in the traditional colours
of Americana. The powerful music has many highlights. With a superb introduction
to the romantic (not the slushy type) main theme in "Opening Credits" this
disc will plant its hooks in you from the off.
The two tracks I would point you towards more than any others are "Clark
Farm Shootout" and "Battle And Betrayal". The former takes the breath with
its booming percussion and soaring brass fanfares, while the latter sweeps
from the cavalry charge of "Don't Think You Are A Good Man" into yet more
thunderous attacks on the senses.
If there's a downside, it's the sequencing of source cues in-between the
epic moments. They raise a smile, but will necessitate a subtle re-programming
to enjoy properly.