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21. Dead Man (1996)
Best movie-music moment: Blake's (Johnny Depp) vision quest yields some pretty visionary sounds.
Why we love it: Neil Young proved himself a master at improvisation as he had composed his seven-track, minimalist score as he watched scenes from the film. There was literal poetry in the film, but his soundtrack was its own poetry, as the guitar (and some organ) dinged and hummed in lock-step with Jim Jarmusch's minor peaks and deep valleys. This is a Young album that can stand on its own, but both artworks benefit as a whole.
Tracklist highlights: Guitar Solo No. 5, No. 1 and Nobody's Story.
- Katie Hasty