Picks and Pans Review: Cold Mountain

updated 02/02/2004 AT 01:00 AM EST

originally published 02/02/2004 AT 01:00 AM EST

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Veteran music producer T Bone Burnett found that the bluegrass was greener than pop's AstroTurf on 2000's Grammy-winning O Brother, Where Art Thou? soundtrack. Here he again successfully digs into the roots of American music on the soundtrack to the Civil War epic Cold Mountain. The disc, which draws from 19th-century country, folk, blues and gospel, features five songs performed by the White Stripes' Jack White, who makes his movie debut as a musician in the film. White convincingly sings four traditional numbers as well as his own rootsy original "Never Far Away," one of two tunes here not in the movie. But he is upstaged by bluegrass star Alison Krauss, who performs "The Scarlet Tide," cowritten by Elvis Costello, and the lovely ballad "You Will Be My Ain True Love," written by Sting, who also sings backup.

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