I've been noticing a lot lately that I've been constantly replaying albums that have come out a while ago, and I figured I'd start a new segment where I give my thoughts on those albums. How I found it again, what I like, what I dislike. Consider it a throwback Thursday and a review at the same time! I'm calling this segment "record rewind".
Today on the rewind, we've got the soundtrack to the movie (500) Days of Summer.
The movie tells the story of Tom Hanson (Joseph Gordon-Levitt) and Summer Finn (Zooey Deschanel) and their not-so love story. I came across the film after a friend of mine kept raving about it. It was on a deal for a Boxing Day sale, and I figured I'd grab it. Ever since, it's been one of my favourite feel good movies, and the soundtrack doesn't fail either.
Primarily considered an "indie" soundtrack (save for a Hall & Oats song), it's one of those albums where you can comfortably leave playing as you go about your day. The album features songs from Regina Spektor, The Smiths, and Feist. Each song carries a certain flow about it that falls right into the next and does a great job of telling the story of the movie.
The first song (besides the intro) is Us by Regina Spektor and starts the album off perfectly. "They made a statue of us/and put it on a mountain top/now tourists come come and stare at us/". The lyrical representation shows what starts as the relationship that develops between Tom and Summer so early on in the film.
The use of the song Please, Please, Please Let Me Get What I Want by The Smiths, though not much to do with love, it's the title alone that signifies the wanting of a relationship, one experienced so much by Tom when he wants Summer.
Fun songs like Hall & Oats' You Make My Dreams show off the more dreamy side to love, whereas Hero by Regina Spektor brings the heartbreak that happens in the film.
Though this soundtrack has a strong story telling capability, there is almost too much of an overuse of the same artists. We see more than one track from both Regina Spektor and The Smiths, though not a complaint as I love both, I would just much rather have seen more artists used. To be fair, The Smiths are mentioned in the script, so I can understand the use of more than one track being used
The placement of the songs parallel with the story almost perfectly, and even if you weren't to see the film, you could see the story unfolding as you listened to the album.
Below is the whole soundtrack. It's definitely worth the listen, and I'm so glad I've rediscovered this album.
1. A Story of Boy Meets Girl (Intro)
2. Us-Regina Spektor
3. There Is a Light That Never Goes Out-The Smiths
4. Bad Kids-Black Lips
5. Please, Please, Please, Let Me Get What I Want-The Smiths
6. There Goes the Fear-Doves
7. You Make My Dreams-Hall & Oates
8. Sweet Disposition-The Temper Trap
9. Quelqu'un M'a Dit-Carla Bruni
11. Hero-Regina Spektor
12. Bookends-Simon & Garfunkel
14. She's Got You High-Mumm-Ra
15. Here Comes Your Man-Meaghan Smith
16. Please, Please, Please, Let Me Get What I Want (cover)-She & Him