Album: Garden State: Soundtrack
Street Date: August 10, 2004
Length: 52:55
Rating: 3.5stars
Reviewed by: Renda

You've got to listen to this soundtrack, it'll change your life. This is an amazing assortment of talent that is easy listening for anyone who just wants great music to listen to. One of my favorite things about the album is the fact that most of the bands featured are low-profile, and deserve to be on the album due to good music not because they are famous bands.

1. Don't Panic - Coldplay - This is a really well written and quite moving song. It begins the tone of the album, and sets the listener up for the musical experience that they are about to embark on. I have to admit that I'm not a huge fan of Coldplay, but this song is really easy to listen to and sing along with.

2. Caring is Creepy - The Shins - I had never heard of The Shins before this movie, and the character Sam (played by Natalie Portman) even mentions them by name during one scene. "Caring is Creepy" is a haunting song that also has a nice little beat to it. It is quite enjoyable, but not quite as good as the other Shins song "New Slang" on the album.

3. In the Waiting Line - Zero 7 - This is a very moving song lyrically as well as musically. The female lead singer provides beautiful vocals, and the song has a laid back tempo and feeling to it. Once again the song can best be described as haunting. These first couple of songs really build up a feeling for the album. Usually in a compilation there are ups and downs, however on this collection the songs generally follow one mellow tone.

4. New Slang - The Shins - Guitar and tambourine back up the melancholy sweet singing of the lead singer during this head bopping ditty. I really enjoyed this song, and would easily say that it is one of my favorite tracks on the entire record. As it fades out with an "ooohhh" you may feel the need to repeat the song a few times, like I did the first time I heard it.

5. I Just Don't Think I'll Ever Get Over You- Colin Hay - This song becomes just a little too much to take after the first four moving and wonderful songs. This one never really takes off. I kept expecting it to pick up tempo or change at all, but it never does. His voice drawls on and on with no end in sight.

6. Blue Eyes - Cary Brothers - A very moving and perfectly beautiful song. "I just want to sing a song with you" gets you singing along the first time you listen to it. It is another one of the songs on the album that can be listened to again and again without becoming redundant.

7. Fair- Remy Zero - Not to be confused with "Zero 7" who did "Waiting Line" at the beginning of the album, Remy Zero has a different yet amazing song. This album is just chocked full of moving lyrics that amount to much more than meaningless love songs, and this is one of the best songs lyrically on the album.

8. One of These Things First - Nick Drake - The piano that begins this track really drives the song happily in the background accompanied by the vocalist's amazing and soft crooning. This is just an easy listening, fun, happy sounding song.

9. Lebanese Blond - Thievery Corporation - An Indian sound drives the beat in this song while the female lead sings beautifully. It is an excellent song to follow up the piano driven "One of these things first", and will have you bopping along to the beat before the song is over.

10. The Only Living Boy in New York- Simon and Garfunkel - I know what you are thinking, "Simon and Garfunkel, this can't be good!" However, the folk sound fits so well into the album, and if you didn't know better you'd think this song had been written to sit perfectly among the other songs on the album.

11. Such Great Heights - Iron and Wine - I really like this song, and the tinkling sound of the guitar and mellow vocals are quite addicting. My only problem with this song was the repetitive drone. Along the lines of Colin Hay, the song never really takes off.

12. Let Go - Frou Frou - This was one of those songs that you hear in a movie and you think to yourself "I have to know who that is!" Shortly after I saw the movie I picked up the soundtrack, and immediately skipped it to the end to hear this song. The lyrics are beautiful, as well as the sound of the song. This is a beautiful song by a really great band, and I recommend their album "Details" as well (which I picked up after I fell in love with "Let go").

13. Winding Road: Bonnie Somerville - This song, although still retaining the folk sound, is a bit too "country" sounding to fit into the rest of the album. On its own it's a good song, but it's placement on the album does not fit. It is a really odd song to end out with.

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