"On Sling Blade, Daniel Lanois show that he is moving beyond the feedback-drenched guitars that graced Achtung Baby and For the Beauty of Wynona. Instead, Lanois moves on to a guitar sound that is more subdued, but just as intense and deeply-textured. The soundtrack includes cameo performances by Booker T and the MGs, guitarist Tim Gibbons ("Lonely One"), as well as vocals by Emmylou Harris on "Shenendoah". But the hands-down highlight of the album is "Darlin'" by Bambi Lee Savage. Ms Savage's touching vocal performance is the emotional highlight of the film, as Karl connects in a personal relationship with a local woman."
- Metronews Music Review