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Garden State OST


Review: Jack Foley

EVERY cool movie needs a cool soundtrack behind it - the trick is finding music that matches the content, while using it in such a way that compliments the scene, rather than detracting from it.

With Garden State, director, Zach Braff, does just that, putting together an eclectic mix of songs that really boost the overall enjoyment of an already-excellent movie.

What's more, taken away from the film, the soundtrack works as a really good compilation in its own right, featuring the likes of Coldplay, The Shins and Simon & Garfunkel.

The Shins, in particular, are the new darlings of the US alternative scene, with drummer, Jesse Sandoval, dating America's next top model, while tickets for their concerts sell on Ebay for $100.

They contribute two songs to the soundtrack - Caring Is Creepy and New Slang - both of which contain the same sort of cool vibe that made their Chutes Too Narrow stand out so much (and neither of which appear on that album).

They probably provide two of the stand-out moments and will come as the most pleasant surprise to UK listeners who haven't caught up with them yet.

But there are also some old favourites, such as Coldplay's Don't Panic (from their Parachutes album), and Zero 7's In The Waiting Line (from Simple Things), both of which are used to great effect in the movie (and which provide lovely memories of key scenes).

But my favourite is Frou Frou's Let Go, which features towards the end of the movie, and which capably fits the surreal, but lovely tone of the film, and which comes during one of its most poignant moments between Braff and co-star, Natalie Portman.

I've long been a fan of Frou Frou and the track, Let Go (from the album, Details) features Imogen Heap's sublime vocals at their best.

Other highlights come from the likes of the seriously cool Thievery Corporation and Nick Drake, helping to make Garden State one of the year's coolest soundtracks.

You really shouldn't miss out on its delights, just as you shouldn't miss the movie.

 

 

Track listing:
1. Don't Panic - Coldplay
2. Caring Is Creepy - The Shins
3. In The Waiting Line - Zero 7
4. New Slang - The Shins
5. I Just Don't Think I'll Ever Get Over You - Colin Hay
6. Blue Eyes - Cary Brothers
7. Fair - Remy Zero
8. One Of These Things First - Nick Drake
9. Lebanese Blonde - Thievery Corporation
10. The Only Living Boy In New York - Simon & Garfunkel
11. Such Great Heights - Iron And Wine
12. Let Go - Frou Frou
13. Winding Road - Bonnie Somerville

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