Watched the film tonight, by the way. Simply: Brilliant! First rate theater going experience this was. I decided to watch it mostly based on the NY Times article that I'd planned on posting about earlier yesterday morning. Only 16 minutes of Carter Burwell's music plays in the film. I'll be you my kidney if you can remember where you've them while you watched it the first time - end credit roll doesn't count. It turns out Burwell is rather happy he was able to be part of a balance that made 'No Country' a sonic joyride. I'd read some years ago that the Coen Bros. write sound directions in their scripts, starting with the classic 'Blood Simple.' Perhaps that's why it didn't surprise me when they'd collaborated with Charlie Kaufman to do radio plays couple of years ago.
These guys are masters at visual storytelling. There are several sections in this film that are pure genius in terms of shots and sounds. Since this is a post on sound, check out the article for more in-depth look at the film's sound design.