The Secret Life Of Walter Mitty (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)
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Vinyl, December 17, 2013
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This is the latest in a string of chart-topping soundtracks from REPUBLIC RECORDS
Embrace The Secret Life of Walter Mitty: Music From and Inspired By The Motion Picture soundtrack on December 17.
Ben Stiller directs and stars in The Secret Life of Walter Mitty, James Thurber's classic story of a day-dreamer who escapes his anonymous life by disappearing into a world of fantasies filled with heroism, romance and action. When his job along with that of his co-worker (Kristen Wiig) are threatened, Walter takes action in the real world embarking on a global journey that turns into an adventure more extraordinary than anything he could have ever imagined.
- Is Discontinued By Manufacturer : No
- Product Dimensions : 4.92 x 5.59 x 0.35 inches; 2.12 Ounces
- Manufacturer : Republic
- Original Release Date : 2013
- Date First Available : November 5, 2013
- Label : Republic
- ASIN : B00GG429KS
- Number of discs : 1
- Best Sellers Rank: #12,781 in CDs & Vinyl (See Top 100 in CDs & Vinyl)
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If you loved the film, buy this album. You won't regret it.
It would also have been the perfect last song for a CD, so I always enjoy it when the first track repeats again. (And this is also a great album to listen to on "shuffle", so the shifts in mood from song to song are even more pronounced.) For example, "#9 Dream" is a cheery song with an acoustic guitar and cheery whistles which I found out later is a cover of a 1974 song by John Lennon, and it makes me smile whenever I hear it.
I really loved the movie, so this is a nice way to reflect on it once more. If you purchase the CD, you get a nice booklet with photos from the movie. (Kristen Wiig singing "Space Oddity", Sean Penn as Sean O'Connell...) If I had a complaint, it would be that the lyrics don't always really remind me of the movie. I loved how Walter took an adventurous trip to Iceland in the movie, and it's clever that the soundtrack includes a song by Iceland's indie folk band, "Of Monsters and Men". But the lyrics of that song are whimsical nonsense about the story of a pet dragonfly. ("Jumping up and down the floor, My head is an animal. And once there was an animal, It had a son that mowed the lawn...")
So if you're listening for an inspiring message about following your dreams, you won't find it there. (Or in the three tracks that cover classic rock songs from the 1980s -- "Maneater", "The Pina Colada Song", and "Don't You Want Me Baby".) But maybe the randomness is part of the soundtrack's charm, sending the message that life is a brilliant mess filled with unexpected brightness.
My advice - (great so to relax, chat over, but...talk about how great the songs are...)...while you
Grill a steak, & toast a wine/or beer to your friends and neighbors..kinda background music..
-great cookout , or party, road trip, or sitting at home...listening alone..
beginning to end..perfection inbetween.
Long / short: there are at least 6 songs on the soundtrack that I wanted so I just bought the album and am very happy with it.
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When I ordered the CD I did have concerns about track 10, Space Oddity. It features Kristen Wiig. My fears were unfounded, it was rather good. Actually I would have liked to hear more of Kristen on the track.
Finally, some people have given this CD one star because of the cardboard CD case in which it came. Personally I think it looks fine. Given the amount of plastic pollution infesting land and sea, and the suffering and damage it is causing, I am all for cardboard CD cases. I still have the one Pink Floyd issued with their Pulse album.
I also suspect Ben Stiller had a hand in the decision to use a cardboard CD case. If so then my estimation of the man has gone up considerably, and I tip my hat to him for attempting to save the planet.
This CD makes for either great background music or a boot up the proverbial when you are looking for a reason to better yourself. Recommended.