SOUNDTRACK: New Moon Original Motion Picture Soundtrack (2010).
Back in the 90s, it seemed like every week there was a new soundtrack featuring an unreleased song from some great alt rock band. This meant huge sales for soundtracks, even if for the most part they weren’t solid start to finish. In fact, mostly you got three great new songs, three pieces of rubbish, one great song by a band you’d never heard before and two or three okay tracks.
The inclusion of a new Death Cab for Cutie song was the big news about this soundtrack. And overall, the reviews were positive. And I’m pleased to say there aren’t really any horrible songs here. (I have no idea how the soundtrack fits in with the movie as I haven’t seen it and probably never will).
But as with that old soundtrack formula: we get a few good songs by reasonably well-known bands: Death Cab for Cutie, Thom Yorke, Bon Iver & St, Vincent, Muse, Grizzly Bear. And then there’s a whole bunch of good rock songs. The disc plays as something of a sampler of downcast, mellow alt rock. In fact, the back half of the disc sounds like a pretty decent alt rock radio station from the last decade or so.
Some of the tracks even sound like 90s alt tracks (Hurricane Bells, that song is 16 years old right? And Sea Wolf, you’re channeling Peter Murphy, I know.) The final two tracks are okay. The Editors is kind of a Nick Cave via Joy Division sorta spoken word ballad. And I admit I’m a little disappointed in the Lykke Li track–they got hyped beyond their ability. The final track is a piano score, which is fine.
The biggest surprise to me is how much that Death Cab for Cutie songs sounds like a Rush song. I’ve never considered that the bands sound anything alike before, and yet from the moment the song opens, that could be Geddy Lee singing, and that whole guitar structure is very Rush-like. Maybe they should do a cover of it.
[READ: April 20, 2010] Maps and Legends
This is a collection of 17 non-fiction pieces by Michael Chabon. The pieces cover everything from book reviews, essays about reading and writing, comic book and comic book artists and golems.
The opening essay is about the modern short story and it sets the tone for the entire book. Interestingly, this essay talks about the state of entertainment and how “Entertainment has a bad name. Serious people learn to mistrust and revile it. The word wears spandex, pasties, a leisure suit studded with blinking lights. (13). This very topic is at the heart of the David Lipsky/David Foster Wallace book (and in fact Chabon is mentioned in that book as well.) Ah, serendipity. (more…)
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