The main draw for this Civil War epic's soundtrack is a new track by Bob Dylan.
The main draw for this Civil War epic's soundtrack is a new track by Bob Dylan. But while "Cross the Green Mountain" is a restrained and moving number by itself, its arrangement sounds a shade too modern in this context. Vocalist Mary Fahl contributes "Going Home," a haunting melody that sounds more plausibly contemporaenous with the film's setting. The rest of the score, by John Frizzell and Randy Edelman, is emotionally rich without being melodramatic; with Mark O'Connor's violin work and the Chieftains' Paddy Maloney's contributions on Celtic pipes, the style ranges from snare-driven military marches to string-laden, mournful instrumentals. A bonus DVD contains videos of Dylan and Fahl, plus pieces of recreated period music and film clips.—WH