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Garden State (Music from the Motion Picture)

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The song choices in Garden State are gentle, intimate, and charming—perfect for a story about depression morphing into romance. The Shins’ “New Slang” is a reference on the soundtrack and within the movie, where it’s used as a symbol for a certain comforting sadness. This mood finds its origins in selections by Nick Drake and Simon & Garfunkel, and connects them to their contemporary corollaries in Iron & Wine and Remy Zero. Even as the tracklist tilts into atmospheric electronica by Thievery Corporation and Zero 7, the vibe remains brooding and gorgeous.

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Brilliant - One of the greatest soundtracks around.

Of course, I'm not old enough to see the movie, but I found the music excellent and good to put on if your pretty much just relaxing. 'Garden State' starts out with 'Don't Panic' (Coldplay) a very catchy song, and judging by the length of the song, it's a very apt opener. 'Caring Is Creepy' (The Shins) features some less than perfect vocal work from James Mercer, but the staticed instrumental is very pleasant. 'In the Waiting Line' (Zero 7) is an electronic song, but I wouldn't usually say this would belong on this kind of soundtrack, but it actually works here. (Same goes for Let Go by Frou Frou). Both songs are brilliant as far as electronic music goes, but it's just alright in comparison to the other songs. 'New Slang' (The Shins) is definetely the best song on here, also being one of my favorites. It's simple music, with a simple four chord acoustic instrumental with subtle vocals. Beautiful song. 'I Just Dont Think...' (Colin Hay) is an enjoyale acoustic song, Colin Hay certainly has an interesting voice, but he can't hit high notes without making a strange yet unique sound in his voice. 'Blue Eyes' (Cary Brothers) is a beautiful love song about someone he only refers to as Blue Eyes. The singer has a beautiful voice, and it is complemented bu the simple instrumental. Trackes 7-9 are slow points in the album. The songs are decent but Remy Zero's 'Fair' has a repetitive instrumental at points and Nick Drake's 'One of These Things First' has really odd lyrics; plus Drake's voice is a little to soft on this song and Thievery Corporation's 'Lebanese Blonde' is kind of a fun song, but falls short of anything awesome. The album picks back up with Simon & Garfunkel's 'The Only Living Boy In New York' one of the greatest songs on here; it has a few beautiful parts, when the singers sing in harmonies for example. 'Such Great Heights' is an overrated song; Iron & Wine has much better (See 'Jezebel' and 'Love and Some Verses'); the lead singer's whisper vocals gets boring after a while. The album ends with the great 'Winding Road'; Bonnie Somerville has a beautiful voice, almost sounds like a country musicians'. All in all, don't go with the cliche 'This album changed my life'. For me it may slightly have, but the way some people talk about this album is a little untrue. Still, this is a brilliant album.

Probably one of the best movie soundtracks ever.

A great collection of songs, particularly if you love singer/songwriters or anything indie. Cary Brothers' Blue Eyes is a favorite, as are the Shins songs; Frou Frou and Zero 7's songs round out the collection with a soft euro-electronic feel. Good Sunday morning music; very relaxing. Would highly recommend.


Five Greatest Things About New Jersey: 5. The Jersey Turnpike 4. The movie Garden State 3. The Garden State Soundtrack 2. Four fifths of My Chemical Romance 1. The Garden State Soundtrack Buy it. Love it. Breathe it. This is BY FAR the most amazingly chosen movie score in history, and I highly recommend it to anyone and everyone who likes music of any kind. "Listen to this... It'll change your life, I swear."

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  • $10.99
  • Genres: Soundtrack, Music
  • Released: Jul 27, 2004

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