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The Last Kiss - OST

The Last Kiss OST

Review by Jack Foley

IndieLondon Rating: 4 out of 5

WITH Garden State, Zach Braff proved himself to be something of a master at compiling film soundtracks.

Even though he didn’t direct The Last Kiss, the Scrubs star still managed to contribute to the score, having compiled several mix tapes for director Tony Goldwyn of music that could be deemed appropriate.

The two then got together in editing and, rather like a jigsaw, pieced together one of the soundtracks of the year – one that perfectly complimented the emotions and actions of the stars of the film.

The Last Kiss was, of course, about a group of thirty-somethings struggling to cope with a key point in life. In Braff’s character’s case, it was fidelity.

To accompany such emotions, Braff has called upon the help of some well-known artists who have become past masters of creative evocative music – the type of which has already helped to land them greater prominence in the US thanks to shows such as The OC and Grey’s Anatomy.

Hence, Snow Patrol’s breezy Chocolate sets things rolling and marks the happier times in the characters’ lives, while the likes of Imogen Heap’s fantastically moody Hide & Seek provides typically atmospheric (and very striking) backing to some of the tougher moments.

Braff certainly seems to know his British bands as there are also telling contributions from Turin Brakes (Pain Killer), Athlete (Salvador) and, of course, Coldplay, whose Warning Sign has to rate as one of their finest creations.

The track is used to memorable effect in the film (for the porch sequence) and sounds even more striking when set against the context of such powerful scenes.

Elsewhere, one of this year’s biggest breakthrough artists, Ray LaMontagne, contributes Hold You In My Arms in typically aching style, while the sultry tones of Aimee Mann (which were used to such devastating effect on the Magnolia soundtrack) are similarly enchanting here.

The best thing that can be said about this soundtrack, however, is that you don’t have to see the film to enjoy it. Braff’s strength is that he has a keen ear that means his compositions/compilations work just as effectively as part of the viewing experience, or as a terrific mix tape in their own right.

Hence, if you loved the Garden State compilation, then you’re bound to love this.

Read our review of The Last Kiss

Track listing:

  1. Chocolate – Snow Patrol
  2. Star Mile – Joshua Radin
  3. Pain Killer – Turin Brakes
  4. Warning Sign – Coldplay
  5. Ride – Cary Brothers
  6. Salvador – Athlete
  7. Hide and Seek – Imogen Heap
  8. Reason Why – Rachael Yamagata
  9. Hold You in My Arms – Ray LaMontagne
  10. Prophecy – Remy Zero
  11. Paper Bag – Fiona Apple
  12. Today’s the Day – Aimee Mann
  13. Arms of a Woman – Amos Lee
  14. Cigarettes and Chocolate Milk (Reprise) – Rufus Wainwright
  15. Paperweight – Schuyler Fisk, Joshua Radin