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Wish I Was Here (Music From The Motion Picture)

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Product Details

  • Vinyl (August 5, 2014)
  • Original Release Date: 2014
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Label: Columbia
  • ASIN: B00L47E5SG
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #63,600 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. So Now What (The Shins)
2. Broke Window (Gary Jules)
3. The Mute (Radical Face )
4. Cherry Wine (Live) (Hozier)
5. Holocene (Bon Iver)
6. The Shining (Badly Drawn Boy )
7. Mexico (Jump Little Children )
8. Wish I Was Here (Cat Power + Coldplay )
9. Wait It Out (Allie Moss )
10. The Obvious Child (Paul Simon )
11. Breathe In (feat. Wafia) (Japanese Wallpaper )
12. Heavenly Father (Bon Iver )
13. Raven's Song (Aaron Embry )
14. Mend (The Weepies )
15. No One To Let You Down (The Head and the Heart

Editorial Reviews

The soundtrack features 15 songs, including new music from The Shins, Bon Iver, and Cat Power + Coldplay.

Wish I Was Here (written and directed by Zach Braff) is the story of Aidan Bloom, a struggling actor, father and husband, who at 35 is still trying to find his identity; a purpose for his life. He and his wife are barely getting by financially and Aidan passes his time by fantasizing about being the great futuristic Space-Knight he d always dreamed he d be as a little kid. The film stars Zach Braff, Kate Hudson, Mandy Patinkin, Jim Parsons, Ashley Greene, Josh Gad, and James Avery in his final film.

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Format:Audio CD
I recently saw "Wish I Was Here" in the theatre (more on that later) and made a mental note to myself that I needed to check out the soundtrack.

"Wish I Was Here - Music from the Motion Picture" (15 tracks; 56 min.) brings most (but not all) of the songs that are featured in the movie. For obvious commercial reasons, the new Shins song is played up big time on this collection (and also in the movie's trailer). "So Now What" is definitely a good song, but it does not play a huge role in the movie and, unlike "Garden State", this is NOT a Shins-heavy soundtrack, in fact it's the only one in the movie (and played somewhere in the middle of the movie--but put upfront on the soundtrack). Other highlights on this collection is the title song, brought by Cat Power and Coldplay (more likely: Cat Power and Chris Martin), a beautifully pensive song that plays over the movie's End Titles. Bon Iver strikes the mood of the movie perhaps better than anyone, and his two songs, "The Shining" and "Heavenly Father" are perfect for the soundtrack. Maybe you see a trend here: the slower, more introspective songs paint the movie's mood. That is why, even though Paul Simon's "The Obvious Child" plays in the movie, it feels out of place on this collection (not to mention that it also plays in that other recent movie "Obvious Child"). The soundtrack concludes with two more jems: The Weepies' "Mend" (a piano ballad), and The Head and the Heart's "No One To Let You Down", heartbreakingly beautiful. NOT on the soundtrack, but playing in a key scene of the movie: Bob Dylan's "Tangled Up in Blue". But it's a minor quibble, and this is another very nice soundtrack for a Zach Braff movie, but very different from the "Garden State" soundtrack.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Worth it for The Shins alone July 15, 2014
Format:Audio CD
Director Zach Braff put together an incredible Grammy-winning soundtrack to his 2004 movie "Garden State". He attempts to repeat the feat with his latest movie "Wish I Was Here", and while this isn't as brilliant as that effort, it's still pretty good and comes very close.

The selection of songs really flows well together, like an unpretentious Indie mixtape and sounding like everything was recorded together despite oldies from Paul Simon, Bon Iver, and others intertwined with new stuff.

The dreamy charming "So Now What" by The Shins opens the collection with James Mercer's ethereal falsetto. Stunning! "Wish I Was Here" is a piano ballad by Cat Power and Coldplay with Chan Marshall (Cat Power) on vocals and Chris Martin writing, producing and providing haunting harmonies. Bon Iver sings in his lower register on the ballad "Heavenly Father"against an almost droning synth backdrop.

Besides Paul Simon's percussion-rich "The Obvious Child", Bon Iver's other-worldly folk "Holocene", and Badly Drawn Boy's "The Shining", the soundtrack is filled with lesser known acts. Standouts include the atmospheric "The Mute" by Radical Face, "Mexico" by Jump Little Children", the tender acoustic "Wait It Out" by Allie Moss, "Breathe In" by Japanese Wallpaper (featuring Wafia), the twinkly piano ballad "Raven's Song by Aaron Embry, and the closing "No One To Let You Down" by The Head And The Heart.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Does not Disappoint! July 16, 2014
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Round two of Zach Braff's all star play list does not disappoint. I was a big believer following ht release of the Garden State album in 2004. I listened to the album on repeat for months and its still a favorite when I need a pick me up. Wish I Was Here is no different. I've been a supporter of the film since its debut on Kickstarter so I suppose you could say I'm somewhat biased. But Braff has a way with music. Every song fits with the others. It's a soundtrack for life.

I've been listening to some of these songs for a while and its refreshing to hear them on this album. Hozier's Cherry Wine is one of the most beautifully written songs I've hear in ages. Love the album, thanks Zach Braff!
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By Zencik
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One of the things that had me most excited for Wish I Was Here was the soundtrack! I couldn't wait to see the selection Zach Braff had in store for this film considering one of my favorite things about Garden State was it's excellent soundtrack! While the film itself is good but somewhat underwhelming, the soundtrack does not disappoint! This is a wonderful collection with of indie rock and folk tunes that perfectly fit the tone of the movie! The soundtrack might actually be the best thing about the film! Even if you aren't someone who enjoys Braff's films, the soundtrack is one of the best I've ever heard for a film and is certainly worth picking up alone for the great music!
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Soundtracks are usually hit and miss with a few songs that you like and a the rest that you skip through. Wish I Was Here soundtrack is the exception. There were a couple tracks in the film that I loved and that prompted me to pick it up. I am happy to say that I love nearly every song - the title track is phenomenal. It also made me aware of artists that I otherwise wouldn't have heard of while including gems from Paul Simon, Bon Iver and Coldplay.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Just really good, high-quality music July 23, 2014
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Just really good, high-quality music. Garden State was an excellent soundtrack, and Zach Braff's followup Wish I Was Here is, I'd venture to say, even better. A variety of voices and emotions, and some excellent "lie in bed and chill" tracks.
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