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October 20, 2005

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Various artists, Songs from Elizabethtown (EP)

RCA Records, 2005

**1/2

[Note: This album was hard to listen to on a computer and features limited playback and ripping abilities due to copy protection. Purchase accordingly.]

The soundtrack was by far the most interesting thing about the movie Elizabethtown — in fact director Cameron Crowe seemed to make up for his limited story and character development by just throwing another song at us.. And most of those choices were good ones.

 If you don’t want to shell out the $16 for the whole 15-track deal — which has some interesting tracks from eastmountainsouth, The Hollies, The Hombres and others — check out the six-song EP, which sells for about $6. Kentucky fried, these tracks include a heartfelt “Kentucky Rain” from Elvis Presley, a sweet “Long Ride Home” from Patty Griffin and a neat “Blue Moon of Kentucky” from Bill Monroe and his Bluegrass Boys. As softly bluegrass as it gets for mainstream music, little EP is a nice appetite whetter for someone considering purchase of the full Crowe mix tap and a far better use of your $6 than a ticket to the film itself.

—Amy Diaz