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Serendipity: Music from the Miramax Motion Picture Soundtrack

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As peopled by John Cusack and Kate Beckinsale, director Peter Chelsom's romantic fable mines a familiar vein: What if a pair of attractive protagonists engaged to others suddenly found themselves madly in love? If the premise is as vintage Hollywood as popcorn and sticky theater floors, its soundtrack is smartly contemporary, a collection of new songs (by Evan & Jaron, Shawn Colvin, Wood, Heather Nova, John Mayer, and Chantal Kreviazuk) and well-selected album cuts (by Annie Lennox, Nick Drake, Bap Kennedy, David Gray) filled out with a loopy slice of vintage Louis Armstrong ("Cool Yule") and jazzy solo piano score excerpt by film composer Alan Silvestri. The tone shifts warmly amid jangly alterna-pop, folk-tinged, and quieter, more jazz/blues flavored cuts. It's tasteful, sensual stuff--and largely devoid of the cloying bathos of similar Hollywood romantic fare. -Jerry McCulley

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Never A Day - Wood
  2. Moonlight Kiss - Bap Kennedy
  3. January Rain - David Gray
  4. Waiting In Vain - Steven Lipson
  5. The Distance - Evan And Jaron
  6. Like Lovers Do - Heather Nova
  7. When You Know - Shawn Colvin
  8. Northern Sky - Nick Drake
  9. Cool Yule - Louis Armstrong
  10. This Year - Chantal Kreviazuk
  11. (There's) Always Something There To Remind Me - Brian Whitman
  12. 83 - John Mayer
  13. Fast Forward - Alan Silvestri


Product Details

  • Audio CD (October 2, 2001)
  • Original Release Date: October 2, 2001
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Soundtrack
  • Label: Sony Legacy
  • Run Time: 48 minutes
  • ASIN: B00005OAIA
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (113 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #7,539 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Serendipity is one of my favorite movies - yes, sappy and syrupy - but hey, it hit the spot. And here's a complete list of songs for those of you die-hard fans (like myself) who try to put together a REAL soundtrack:

1. Cool Yule - Louis Armstrong (opening department store scene)

2. Hark the Herald Angels Sing - Lewis Ross as the New American Guitar Ensemble

3. Moonlight Kiss - Bap Kennedy (plays from when Sara gets into the cab through the skating scene)

4. January Rain - David Gray (plays during giving of the phone number)

5.Joy To the World - Tuba Christmas ("that's a lot of tuba")

6. Fast Forward - Alan Silvestri (instrumental score music)

7. Waiting in Vain - Annie Lennox (Sara in San Francisco)

8. 83 - John Mayer - (when Jonathan is going to get hair cut)

9. "Sarah Smile" - Hall & Oats (kid on bike singing it while John is in taxi)

10. From Rusholme With Love (Serendipity Mix) - Mint Royale (Lars' music)

11. Never a Day - Wood (playing in club after Lars' finishes his set)

12. Black Eyed Dog - Nick Drake (just a clip used in scene where Halle is asleep and John is drinking beer AND after John and Jeremy see Sara's sister in the window)

13. Rose Rouge - St. Germaine (used in wherehouse w/Eugene Levy AND at the end on the plane and at beginning when Eve says "PRADA")

14. Shake It Off - Jarvis Church (Used instrumentally when Sara and Eve search driving range)

15. Charley's Prelude - Don Byron (at wedding rehearsal)

16. When You Know - Shawn Colvin (when Jonathan gets "Love in the Time of Cholera" from Halle and in cab).

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A good soundtrack is crucial to the execution of a well constructed romantic comedy. The best romantic comedies recognize that they are meant to be formulaic, to play upon our need for happy endings, light hearted cinematic dialogue and memorably cliched one-liners. Likewise, a good romantic comedy soundtrack plays a crucial role in manipulating our emotions.
Just like the movie, the Serendipity soundtrack passes the test w/ flying colors. The tracks are selected with careful intentionality, and it shows, both while watching the film and while listening to the album. If you've seen the movie, it is quite possible you will remember many of these tracks. That is because they are all well selected.
Bap Kennedy's "Moonlight Kiss," David Gray's "January Rain," Nick Drake's "Northern Sky," Annie Lennox's "Waiting in Vain," Shawn Colvin's "When You Know" and John Mayer's "83" are all superb. Louis Armstrong's "Cool Yule" is perfect for the obligatory upbeat vocal jazz standard which backs the opening credits of every romantic comedy. Even the album's slightly obnoxious poppish tracks -- Wood's "Never a Day," Evan and Jaron's "The Distance" and Chantal Kreviazuk's "This Year" -- are not all that offensive, and all three have grown on me.
Only a few fairly minor complaints: Why do soundtracks include titles not heard in the movie? Is this because the albums are produced before the film is edited? In the case of Heather Nova's "Like Lover's Do," I don't particulaly mind. It's a very likable song from an artist I enjoy, and is in keeping w/ the tone of the soundtrack. Brian Whitman's version of (There's) Always Something There to Remind Me, however, is completely unneccesary.
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If you liked the sitar music on Serendipity, you should know it's not included on this cd. Mint Royale has a cd called On The Ropes and the song you want to check out is "From Rushmore, With Love."
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I would like to start out by saying that this movie is on my top 5 favorites. Being a 'Sara' myself, I was extremely happy when I saw this movie and the character in the movie was a lovable and adorable girl. I also, of course, loved John Cusak. But this is about the music. Music can carry a movie and I think this soundtrack definitely carried this movie. 'January Rain' by David Gray (a GREAT artist who I HIGHLY reccommend) is the main theme song it seems throughout the movie and fits perfectly at the end when they meet up on the ice rink. The other songs by Nick Drake and Annie Lennox and others also fit perfectly to the movie's 'longing for love' appeal. I am a hopeless romantic and to any others out there, this soundtrack is perfect listening on those nights when you just want to sit back and think about your certain someone.
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If anyone is looking for the name of the jazzy song (the scene where they are flying to New York), it's Rose Rouge by St. Germain. It's a shame they didn't include it on the soundtrack, it really is a great tune!
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The song on the preview, "BABYLON" by David Gray is not included here. The song can be found on his album "White Ladder". Movie soundtracks love to do this to you - put an extremely awesome song you just have to have on the preview and then not putting it on the soundtrack where it should be. GREAT THANKS TO THE REVIEWER, "MUSIC FAN FROM NY, NY" FOR MENTIONING THIS VITAL PIECE OF INFORMATION (about the song "BABYLON) - I had already been searching the net for over an hour looking for what song this was. THANKS AGAIN, NY!
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