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The movie stars newcomer Lou Pucci as well as Tilda Swinton, Vincent D'Onofrio, Keanu Reeves, Benjamin Bratt, Kelli Garner and Vince Vaughn. The score to Thumbsucker was written by The Polyphonic Spree's Tim DeLaughter and recorded with members of the band. Soundtrack contains exclusive new song from The Polyphonic Spree, 'Move Away And Shine'. The soundtrack also contains three songs from Elliot Smith, one of which ('Thirteen') is previously unreleased and was chosen by Elliot Smith for inclusion in the movie. Hollywood. 2005.

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The indie drama Thumbsucker, pertaining to a 14-year old boy struggling with the habit that gives the movie its title, gets the symphonic treatment with this original score by Tim DeLaughter of The Polyphonic Spree. Mingling with the flowery orchestration and flute trills are three tracks by the late Elliott Smith, who was involved in the early development of the film with director Mike Mills. While Spree fans have come to expect the full sonic overload of the 20+ strong ensemble, DeLaughter's best track is the one where he picks up a guitar and sings sans backing band, "Wonderful You." DeLaughter is in a delicate situation here, sharing the disc with the superior song craft of Smith. Smith's contributions, including "Let’s Get Lost" from From a Basement on the Hill and the never-before-released "Thirteen" and "Trouble" only hint at what this soundtrack might have been. While DeLaughter's tracks make good film music, Smith's stand upright on their own, regardless of context. Ultimately, both contributors provide the soundtrack with a feeling of adolescent melancholy well suited for the film. -- Ryan Boudinot

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Songs from this album are available to purchase as MP3s. Click on "Buy MP3" or view the MP3 Album.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         

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listen  1. The CrashTim Delaughter0:55$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  2. Scream & ShoutTim Delaughter 2:11$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  3. Slow HallsTim Delaughter0:43$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  4. What Would You Let GoTim Delaughter 1:53$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  5. Empty RoomsTim Delaughter 1:02$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  6. Wonderful YouTim Delaughter 1:50$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  7. The Rebecca FantasyTim Delaughter0:31$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  8. ThirteenElliott Smith 2:40Album Only
listen  9. Pink Trash DreamTim Delaughter0:30$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen10. The Green LightsTim Delaughter 1:14$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen11. Debate MontageTim Delaughter 3:01$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen12. TroubleElliott Smith 2:54Album Only
listen13. Skinny DipTim Delaughter 2:22$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen14. Sourness Makes It RightTim Delaughter 2:09$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen15. Some Of The PartsTim Delaughter 2:13$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen16. Matt SchraamTim Delaughter 1:07$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen17. Let's Get LostElliott Smith 2:25Album Only
listen18. Justin's HypnosisTim Delaughter 1:30$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen19. The Call Of The WildTim Delaughter0:55$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen20. Wait And SeeTim Delaughter 1:01$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen21. Move Away And ShineTim Delaughter 3:55$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen22. AcceptanceTim Delaughter30:20Album Only
listen23. Move Away And Shine (In A Dream Version)Tim Delaughter 3:48$0.99  Buy MP3 

Product Details

  • Audio CD (September 13, 2005)
  • Original Release Date: 2005
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Soundtrack
  • Label: Hollywood Records
  • Run Time: 96 minutes
  • ASIN: B000AMJEIW
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #198,087 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Customer Reviews

If you are a fan of Elliott Smith, you cannot live without these two songs.
Tristan C.
The track that was playing was Acceptance and at over 30 minutes long it is worth getting the CD just for this one track.
Jed Pokojowiec
Can't wait to see this movie - with music like this in it you can't go wrong.
Dave Dickerson

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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Galador42 on September 15, 2005
Format: Audio CD
According to the liner notes, Thumbsucker director Mike Mills was working with songwriting genius Elliott Smith on the songs for the movie when Smith passed away. Months later, while struggling with the editing of the movie and the aftermath of Smith's death, Mills attended a Polyphonic Spree concert that changed and moved him so much that he sought out Tim DeLaughter of The Spree and signed him to finish the musical score to the film. "The Spree saved Thumbsucker," says Mills.

The album has a lush score representing Tim DeLaughter and The Polyphonic Spree at their very best, from the powerful and jubilant single "Move Away and Shine" to the sublime and mellow "Acceptance" (which rolls out comfortably for thiry minutes), punctuated with several songs by the late Elliott Smith.

Usually I leave the movie theater wanting to get the soundtrack, but now it's the other way around. This score makes me want to see the movie, as I'm sure it has to be something very special.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By kevin on July 31, 2006
Format: Audio CD
I find it extremely irritating when a reviewer with limited knowledge of a film (or, even worse, when a reviewer hasnot watched the film) takes it upon themselves to trash a soundtrack. The qualms I have with this practice are purely due to my aesthetical opinion: certain films require certain types of soundtracks. Some films, like Almost Famous and Snatch, work best with track lists full of imposing titles and in such a circumstance the music, for a moment or two, becomes the focus of the film. In films like Lost in Translation and Thumbsucker, the music never takes a dominant role over the film itself; instead it plays the role of a constant emotional supplement, accurately and beautifully rendering the action on screen through sound. The soundtrack, to any who has watched Thumbsucker, is an amazing work of art and a case study in complementing an amazing film with amazing, yet not overbearing, music. Any viewer, any fan, and any colleague of Mike Mill's will have the same positive reaction to this soundtrack after watching the great film it supports. Reviewers who review soundtracks without watching the movies they stem from, take note: this album was intended as a complement to great film, not a compilation made at the director's whim...I sincerely challenge you to watch the movie and claim that these songs, soaking in emotion, are dry and banal!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Dave Dickerson on October 5, 2005
Format: Audio CD
Just picked this up with A Tribute To Elliott Smith here on Amazon and I am glad I did! The Elliott tracks on Thumbsucker are manna from heaven for a Smith fan (obviously) but the Polyphonic Spree stuff is really growing on me as well. Can't wait to see this movie - with music like this in it you can't go wrong.
I also ordered A Tribute To Elliott Smith since Amazon recommended it and I am overjoyed with it as well. This was indeed a good week to be an Elliott Smith fan!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Tristan C. on October 2, 2005
Format: Audio CD
Elliott Smith's two covers on this album are probably the most delicate beautiful songs I've ever heard in my life. Cat Steven's "trouble" is so fitting to the last moments of his life, it nearly brings tears to my eyes. If you are a fan of Elliott Smith, you cannot live without these two songs.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Alex M. on October 4, 2005
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The Polyphonic Spree and my all-time favorite, Elliott Smith, are perfect together on the soundtrack to such a great film. Worth picking up just for the cover of "Trouble." "Move Away and Shine" is another highlight.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Brian Wallace (Co-author of It's Not Your Hair) on December 21, 2005
Format: Audio CD
a thoughtful, fascinating and hypnotic collection of songs from dual geniuses. Evokes a lot of mood, melancholy and joy. Ultimately we feel bemusement at the fallen souls around the indomitable Tim DeLaughter. This work presents the convergence of amazing spirits of our generation.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Jed Pokojowiec on April 6, 2007
Format: Audio CD
I was listening to this CD for the first time and wasn't feeling very impressed. Perhaps if I saw the film I would appreciate some of the tracks more. I wasn't paying very much attention to the music when I found myself feeling very relaxed and peaceful. The track that was playing was Acceptance and at over 30 minutes long it is worth getting the CD just for this one track. Some day soon I'm going to put this track on repeat and listen to it for most of the day. In fact, I think I'll do that tonight with the volume turned way down. It should make for some very pleasant dreams.
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