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Garden State Soundtrack

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Soundtrack to eagerly anticipated 2004 film features music from Coldplay, The Shins, Zero 7, Colin Hay, Cary Brothers, Remy Zero, Nick Drake, Thievery Corporation, Simon & Garfunkel, Iron & Wine, Frou Frou, & Bonnie Somerville.

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Writer and director Zach Braff does a masterful job matching the charming, heartfelt tone of films like The Graduate and Rushmore in his motion picture debut, Garden State, so it only makes sense that the music he personally compiled for the soundtrack plays just as of big a part here as it did in those films. Simon & Garfunkel's languorous "The Only Living Boy in New York" is an obvious thread, but aside from Nick Drake's "One of These Things First," Braff is able to carry the mood without getting tripped up in the past. Frou Frou's "Let Go" and Zero 7's "In the Waiting Line" supply soft techno touches, while Iron & Wine's "Such Great Heights" and former Men at Work singer Colin Hay's "I Just Don't Think I'll Ever Get Over You" offer understated angst. It's the pair of emotionally racked contributions from the Shins ("Caring Is Creepy," "New Slang"), however, that really make this compilation a must-have. --Aidin Vaziri
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Product Details

  • Audio CD (August 10, 2004)
  • Original Release Date: August 10, 2004
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Soundtrack
  • Label: Epic /Sony Music Soundtrax
  • Run Time: 53 minutes
  • ASIN: B0002J58LK
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (370 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #14,205 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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By EA Solinas HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on August 12, 2004
Format: Audio CD
With the exception of "Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind," perhaps no soundtrack this year is as enjoyable as new indie wunderkind Zach Braff's "Garden State." A mix of golden oldies and fresh indie-pop, this is a mellowly sweet collection -- even without the movie.

Braff uses some truly wonderful songs like Frou Frou's fragile "Let Go," Coldplay's quietly downbeat "Don't Panic," and Thievery Corporation's elegantly exotic "Lebanese Blonde." There is also singer/actress Bonnie Somerville's bittersweet "Winding Road," and country-rock newcomer Cary Brothers' dreamy "Blue Eyes."

The best of the soundtrack are the Shins, who get double exposure with the eerily sweet "New Slang" and resonating "Caring is Creepy," and Iron & Wine's lovely cover of "Such Great Heights" (originally by the Postal Service). But Braff also includes older stuff, like Simon & Garfunkel's aching "Only Living Boy in New York" and Nick Drake's surprisingly joyous, upbeat "One of These Things First."

Where Wes Anderson uses beloved oldies, Zach Braff seems to prefer some of the more unusual, eclectic rock and pop. Though it was hard to get some of the music rights on an indie-film budget, Braff won over several artists by showing them where their songs would go -- situated in scenes where they have plenty of impact. Braff doesn't just include a list of his favorite songs, but chooses appropriate music.

But even without the movie, the soundtrack is a good listen. Alt-country, gentle indie-pop, and mellow-ish rock share a quirky, poignant note. Iron & Wine's cover of "Such Great Heights" is the one questionable choice; while it's a good cover, it can't measure up to the Postal Service original (the original was used in the trailer). But taken by itself, it's still a lovely song.
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In this movie, Natalie Portman offers Zach Braf her headphones and tells him that the song he is about to listen to will "change his life". This turns out to be no corny movie line and no joke. This is one of the most breathtaking music compilations I have ever heard, and is a touching accompaniment to one of 2004's most important films.

I have little to say, other than this soundtrack earns the highest 5-star review from me. Frou Frou's "Let Go" (featuring Imogen Heap) is stunning, as are songs performed by Coldplay, Zero 7 and The Shins (whose "New Slang" is the life-altering track Portman insists Braf listen to over her headphones).

Complex musical and emotional influences of U2, Coldplay, Catherine Wheel, David Gray, and Simon and Garfunkel drift eerily across the landscapes of both soundtrack and film; those artists' introspective sensibilities playing out in Braf's character's struggle with his own painful self-awareness and search for trust and happiness.

You are guaranteed to appreciate this soundtrack and film to the core of your soul, if you possess the humility and self-consciousness to have ever felt lost, alone, or that certain inexplicable and sometimes uncomfortable vibe that "you still haven't found what you're looking for...."

The highest and most sincere recommendations possible for both the soundtrack and movie.
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In conjunction with the fact this soundtrack beautifully complements the Garden State movie, this soundtrack, when listened to on a quiet afternoon alone in a comfortable chair, can whisk you away into a dream land. A real melodic compilation; relaxing and soothing. A must buy.
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First of all I would like to say- as is the case with most soundtracks- you should see Gardern State before listening to the soundtrack. Now, on to the actual review. The picks are top notch for the most part, great but often overlooked oldies in Drake and Simon and Garfunkel mixed with great but often overlooked current bands like zero 7. I would highly recommend both this soundtrack and the movie.
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This soundtrack is one of those rare gems. It really captures the vibe of the film, but it also stands alone as a GREAT compilation of tunes. Of particular note is a standout track by Cary Brothers called "Blue Eyes." Cary is a new unsigned artist from Los Angeles who is starting to make waves in the LA music scene. I can understand why. Another stand out track is from Colin Hay. The former Men At Work front-man has a voice that makes you want to cry. This is a GREAT buy!
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If you're thinking of purchasing this and haven't yet seen the movie but are thinking of seeing it, I'd advise you wait until you view 'Garden State'. Much like Tarantino and Scorcese, Zach Braff carefully selected and arranged these songs to create an effortless background to his film. Their flow really only makes sense once the movie has been seen. But if you have no interest in seeing the movie and just like the featured artists, then by all means buy it. It's a great CD that just falls short of perfect. The Coldplay track serves as a great opener. The light techno beats of Zero 7 and Thievery Corporation fit in nicely beside acoustic rock by Colin Hay, Cary Brothers, and Remy Zero. There's also some great classics by Nick Drake and Simon and Garfunkel. Standouts include Frou Frou's operatic 'Let Go' which was featured in the preview and the two tracks by The Shins. If you like them, definately purchase either 'Oh Inverted World' or 'Chutes Too Narrow'. This band deserves to be HUGE. James Mercer is a genius. Now the two tracks I find problematic. Iron and Wine's cover of The Postal Service's 'Such Great Heights' is great in the context of the movie. But on CD, it's yawn inducing. I love both bands, but Iron and Wine took a great, upbeat love song and turned it into a depressing snail-paced lullabye. It's not right I tell you! The Postal Service original should have been used instead. And the final song 'Winding Road' by Bonnie Somerville is frankly vomit-inducing chick lite rock. Instead, Braff should have included Alexi Murdoch's far superior 'Orange Sky', which was featured in the film but was inexplicably left off the soundtrack. Had it been included, this would be five-star worthy. But as is, it's an enjoyable disc that never fails to take me back to a great movie.
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