Nick Cave & Warren Ellis

The Assassination Of Jesse James By The Coward Robert Ford OST

Incorrigible murder balladeer Nick Cave has just celebrated his half-century, but the Lord shows no sign of slowing him down. This year’s Grinderman set was his angriest since the ’80s, while a new Bad Seeds album is due in early 2008. Meanwhile, he turns up as a grizzled folk singer in Andrew Dominik’s epic Jesse James biopic, also composing the score in collaboration with Grinderman crony Warren Ellis. Cave has an affinity for gritty Westerns – he wrote and soundtracked 2005 Aussie cowboy caper The Proposition – and his natural sympathy for morally ambiguous outsiders makes him the ideal musician to follow Jesse James’ outlaw footprints. However, the scuffed violins and desert drones here are closer to Ellis’ work with The Dirty Three than to The Bad Seeds. Ultimately you’re better off watching the film.

Sam Richards