Inside Llewyn Davis (Original Soundtrack Recording)
T Bone Burnett and the Coen brothers famously teamed up for the soundtrack to “O Brother, Where Art Thou?” Now they celebrate early-‘60s folk music in Greenwich Village with a biopic loosely based on folk hero Dave Van Ronk, who was overshadowed by famous friends like Bob Dylan. Filled with traditional tunes from the era as well as new original material, this hootenanny of folk, blues, and bluegrass prominently features Oscar Isaac in the title role (yes, that’s his voice and guitar), as well as Justin Timberlake, Marcus Mumford, The Punch Brothers, and others. Notable exceptions are vintage Dylan himself on “Farewell” and Van Ronk on the closing version of “Green, Green Rocky Road.” Fans will no doubt want to hear an unplugged Timberlake (who has a role in the movie), but he’s singing amongst other singers. Isaac, on the other hand, can be heard alone several times, convincingly singing and playing arrangements he and Burnett worked on. While the Coen brothers' movies aren’t necessarily based in reality, the music here faithfully follows the original template.