Not only has the movie Juno been gaining praise from critics and moviegoers alike, but the Juno Soundtrack has hit the number one spot on the Billboard charts ahead of stars like Alicia Keys and Radiohead. It’s a very folky-sounding soundtrack – not exactly my speed since I’m more of a death metal kinda girl (Ok, not really, but I much prefer Tool over Buddy Holly). It makes pretty decent background music though, since it’s mostly melodic guitars and soft vocals. It’s easy to listen to and remember the scenes from the movie, since the music plays so prominently in the movie.
The Kimya Dawson song lyrics sound like something Phoebe Buffay would have played at Central Perk, although they definitely do sound like something Juno MacGuff would listen to. I’m really annoyed by the out-of-synch chorus singing – it honestly hurts my brain. They were cute in small doses during the movie, but I definitely don’t need to listen to this stream of consciousness kind of lyric-writing for an entire CD worth of tunes. The Belle & Sebastian songs don’t annoy me, but I can honestly say I’ll probably never listen to this CD again – it’s not that it’s bad music, it’s just not my kinda thing.
Sonic Youth’s cover of The Carpenters’ “Superstar” is just creepy and dark enough for me to like it, even though I’ve never heard a Sonic Youth song before.
As the new year begins, we tend to look back over the past year. This past year at MovieSnobs, we started a new weekly post called Movie Tunes, which features reviews of movie soundtracks. We covered some great ones last year, so we thought we’d recap them before moving on with 2008.
The first Movie Tunes was one of my favorite soundtracks ever, one of my favorite CDs ever, in fact – Underworld, the Kate Beckinsale vampire movie with the hard rock soundtrack.
For Halloween, we had a review of the deluxe edition of the soundtrack for The Nightmare Before Christmas, which includes both the original soundtrack and new cover versions of the classic songs by Marilyn Manson, Fall Out Boy, and others.
Starting with my review of the Resident Evil: Apocalypse soundtrack, Mike implemented a nifty “Listen” button like the one below.
How the Grinch Stole Christmas is one of the classic Christmas movies that my family and I watch every year. In fact, when I first moved in with my fiance, I insisted that we buy The Grinch on DVD so I could keep up the tradition.
Listening to the soundtrack is just like watching the movie. If you’ve seen the movie enough times, you can picture the story unfolding. It includes all the storytelling parts, the sound effects, and the songs (“You’re a mean one…..Mr. Grinch”).
The story is a charming one, and tells that the true meaning of Christmas isn’t in the presents or the food (although Mike would disagree and say it’s all about his Mom’s turkey and the new HD TiVo he bought). It’s about spending time with those you love.
If you love the movie, the soundtrack is worth it, especially at just about $10 on Amazon, and only $7.99 on iTunes.
Tracks You Can’t Miss:
Track 1 – Opening
Track 3 – Tomorrow Is Christmas, It’s Practically Here