A Mighty Wind Satirizing the Kingston Trio and New Christy Minstrels isn't exactly ripping from music's headlines. But topicality be damned -- Christopher Guest, Michael McKean, Harry Shearer,… A Mighty Wind Satirizing the Kingston Trio and New Christy Minstrels isn't exactly ripping from music's headlines. But topicality be damned -- Christopher Guest, Michael McKean, Harry Shearer,… 2003-04-08 Various Artists
Music Review

Mighty Wind: The Album (2003)

EW's GRADE
A-

Details Release Date: Apr 08, 2003; Lead Performance: Various Artists

Satirizing the Kingston Trio and New Christy Minstrels isn't exactly ripping from music's headlines. But topicality be damned -- Christopher Guest, Michael McKean, Harry Shearer, et al. put the hoot back in hootenanny with a 17-track retrofest that seriously outfunnies the folk-spoofing film. Not since Nashville has a cast so effectively written its own musical material. Numerous contenders vie for the ''I'm Easy'' memorial best song award; let's hope the Oscar goes to the faux Folksmen for their combined mining/train-disaster anthem ''Blood on the Coal.''

Originally posted Apr 18, 2003 Published in issue #705 Apr 18, 2003 Order article reprints
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