The Last Kiss (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)
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||Chocolate||Snow Patrol||3:11||Album Only||View in iTunes|
||Star Mile||Joshua Radin||4:01||Album Only||View in iTunes|
||Pain Killer||Turin Brakes||3:55||Album Only||View in iTunes|
||Warning Sign||Coldplay||5:29||Album Only||View in iTunes|
||Ride||Cary Brothers||3:12||Album Only||View in iTunes|
||El Salvador||Athlete||3:25||Album Only||View in iTunes|
||Hide and Seek||Imogen Heap||4:22||Album Only||View in iTunes|
||Reason Why||Rachael Yamagata||5:05||Album Only||View in iTunes|
||Hold You In My Arms||Ray LaMontagne||5:05||Album Only||View in iTunes|
||Prophecy||Remy Zero||3:24||Album Only||View in iTunes|
||Paper Bag||Fiona Apple||3:39||Album Only||View in iTunes|
||Today's the Day||Aimee Mann||4:43||Album Only||View in iTunes|
||Arms of a Woman||Amos Lee||4:10||Album Only||View in iTunes|
||Cigarettes and Chocolate Milk (Reprise)||Rufus Wainwright||3:58||Album Only||View in iTunes|
||Paperweight||Joshua Radin & Schuyler Fisk||3:30||Album Only||View in iTunes|
Another exceptional album from Braff and Co.
I've listened to the soundtrack for Dream Works' upcoming film The Last Kiss non-stop since I picked it up yesterday afternoon, and it is exceptional. The first track, Snow Patrol's "Chocolate" is an appropriate tone-setter (not to mention a great song). Joshua Radin and Schuyler Fisk's breathless rendition of "Star Mile" sounds as if Paul Simon and Art Garfunkel somehow reproduced and passed their souls on to the children. I've listened to the song countless times since picking up Radin's major-label debut We Were Here on iTunes several weeks ago (at the insistence of the lovely Ms. Mandy Moore's "Celebrity Playlist"). Anyone reading this who does not own Radin's album should remedy this unfortunate situation as soon as humanly possible. Turin Brakes' "Pain Killer" and Athlete's offering, "El Salvador", are my favorite "new" (to me, anyway) songs on the entire album. I had never heard either prior to listening to the album, and now wonder how I've missed such smooth-rocking, evocative jams until now. They sound like a road trip taken through the small forest roads of the American South, toes tapping and head bobbing to the tracks' catchy hooks and expressive lyrics, the "repeat" button never getting a rest. The genius of Coldplay, Cary Brothers, Fiona Apple, Aimee Mann and Rufus Wainwright had been decided long ago, and is confirmed once again on the soundtrack. This album should do the same for several of the other artists whose heartfelt, introspective songs litter the album. There truly isn't a miss among the bunch. Rachael Yamagata seems particularly ready for commercial success. Her "Reason Why" is from the same vein as the piano-driven, vocally inspired masterpieces of Norah Jones' introductory album Come Away With Me. Overall, this album is packed with genuine, heartfelt, honest-to-goodness *music*. Zach Braff's successful jump into the Hollywood mainstream seems to be pulling many talented but unknown artists right along with him to prominence. At the very least, the American public will be exposed, just as they were with Garden State soundtrack, to emerging artists who provide a welcome escape from the monotony and lack of creativity the major labels, MTV, Clear Channel and the like seem so determined to force down our collective throat. Kudos to Mr. Braff, Lakeshore Records and Dream Works for putting together a soundtrack unconstrained by what the commercial "hit makers" continually try to convince us is good music. Now, let's all hope the "big shots" of the music biz get the message and follow their lead.
Great songs....except for one thing....
Screw albums that are entirely album only. I would love to purchase Paperweight, but I'm not going to because I already have bought about half of these songs on iTunes and I don't want to purchase them again for no reason!
Great Soundtrack, Perfect "Garden State" follow-up
As others have noted, this is a pitch-perfect follow-up to the wonderful "Garden State" soundtrack. A great mixture of both new, new-ish and slightly-older tunes, "The Last Kiss" has a great ambience and energy. The album starts off with "Chocolate," probably one of Snow Patrol's best songs, the enigmatic theme-song from the movie's trailer. "Chocolate" didn't get enough US exposure two years ago, and it is a perfect way to start out this CD. The two Joshua Radin tracks (one is exclusive to this soundtrack) are great songs from a great new performer. Standards by Coldplay, Imogen Heap (whose song most "O.C" fans will recognize instantly), Rufus Wainwright, Aimee Mann and Fiona Apple fit nicely with lesser-known acts, The Cary Brothers, Turin Breaks and Athlete. All in all, this album is a great mixture of melodic tunes, and the pacing is perfect. Excellent!