- Audio CD (July 14 2009)
- Number of Discs: 1
- Format: Soundtrack
- Label: Sire-Wbr
- Run Time: 95 minutes
- ASIN: B002BAODSC
- Other Editions: Audio CD
- Average Customer Review: 3 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #7,438 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
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(500) Days of Summer- Soundtrack
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Original soundtrack to the 2009 film including songs from Regina Spektor, The Black Lips, The Smiths, Feist, The Temper Trap, Doves, Meaghan Smith and many others. The film tells the story of the relationship between a woman, Summer (Zooey Deschanel), who doesn't believe in true love and a man, Tom (Gordon-Levitt), described as a hopeless romantic, who falls in love with her. Over a span of 500 days, the story moves in a non-linear fashion from the perspective of Tom, who goes from ecstatic giddiness one moment, indulging in a fantasy song and dance sequence at one point, to crippling depression the next.
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So it's hardly surprising that "(500) Days Of Summer" has a colorful array of various songs from a pretty eclectic bunch of bands -- everything from classics to indie pop, anti-folk to galloping hard rock'n'roll. And while it adds extra dimensions to the lovable film from which it springs, it's also a pretty good selection of music in its own right.
We're ushered into the album with a soft cloud of strings and flute, and a solemn spoken monologue about the movie's plot: "This is a story of boy meets girl..." Rather appropriately, it then segues into the rippling beauty of Regina Spektor's "Us" ("They made a statue of us/and put it on a mountaintop/now tourists come and stare at us..."), a delightfully peppy song that trickles up and down the piano keys.
The songs that follow are a pretty eclectic bunch: the Smiths' hard-edged "There Is A Light That Never Goes Out" and the fast-strummed "Please, Please, Please, Let Me Get What I Want," Simon and Garfunkel's wispy folk "Bookends," and the delightful "You Make My Dreams" by Hall and Oates. And then there's Wolfmother's blazing cycling "Vagabond," the Black Lips' stringy unpolished "Bad Kids," the Temper Trap's fast-pacing shifting rocker "Sweet Disposition," Mumm-Ra's catchy Britpopper "She's Got You High," and the brilliantly sweeping, fast-moving "There Goes The Fear" by the Doves.
Then there's the pop interwoven from start to finish: the mellow acoustic "Quequ'un M'a Dit" by France's current First Lady, Feist's delightfully sprightly "Mushaboom," Meaghan Smith's quirky pianopop "Here Comes Your Man," and another song by Regine Spektor, the rambling bittersweet prettiness of "Hero." And there's a sweet little epilogue to this -- M. Ward and the movie's star Zooey Deschanel perform as She and Him (yes, that is the band name!), with a sweet and sparkling cover of "Please, Please, Please, Let Me Get What I Want." And yes, she does have a lovely voice.
The biggest flaw with the "(500) Days Of Summer" soundtrack is that it tends to leap up and down in tempo -- you go from soft and mellow to hard-as-bricks and back again in the space of one song. Oh yeah, and the Black Lips just don't fit in, since they sound kind of tinny and rough-edged compared to the other songs.
Other than that, it's a pretty delightful collection of music cobbled from various genres and time periods, until it feels like listening in on the lead characters' iPods. And while some of the songs vary wildly, all together they give a feeling of warmth and hopeful love -- and serve as a journey into the mind of a person idealistically in love, with moods swinging like a pendulum and bittersweet wistfulness.
There's a lot of guitar and piano woven through this album, especially in the indie-pop songs and the final She and Him song, but there's also a healthy dose of blazing electric guitar, blunt bass, a trickle of keyboard, and some sharp beats in "Sweet Disposition." And the vocalists are excellent as well -- some are quirky and piquant (Feist, Spektor and especially Deschanel) while others are rich and smooth (the Doves and the Smiths especially).
The music of "(500) Days Of Summer" varies wildly and bounces all over the place, yet somehow the soundtrack unifies into a warm and pleasant mingling of vibrant rock, classics and quirky pop. Certainly worth getting.
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The soundtrack, on the other hand, is pretty good. With moments of stupid and horrible.
The movie tells the story of Tom Hansen and his love of Summer Finn, a woman who returns his attention and affection, but NOT to the depths Tom does. For Tom (Joseph Gordon-Levitt), Summer (Zooey Deschanel) is perfect, but depthless. He doesn't see her as a person, as an individual, only as "the one". Their relationship is doomed from the beginning. And the movie tells the story of their failed relationship, to the accompaniment of some great music, courtesy of heartbreak -song specialists Regina Spektor and The Smiths, with some help from others like Carla Bruni, Meaghan Smith, The Temper Trap, and She & Him.
Regina Spektor's "Us" opens the disc, after a brief prologue introducing the characters of Tom and Summer to us, and it's a beautiful string- and piano-heavy song, originally from Spektor's SOVIET KITSCH album. It's very understated and melancholy and is the perfect opening for this album.
Of the 16 tracks on this soundtrack, The Smiths occupy 3 places, although 1 is in name only. The Smiths appear on "There is a Light That Never Goes Out" and "Please, Please, Please Let Me Get What I Want", two of most depressingly wonderful love songs to come out of the 1980s and, my God, what must go through Morrissey's head that inspires lines like "And if a double-decker bus kills the both of us / to die by your side, well, the pleasure, the privilege is mine." I don't think I want to know. But his music certainly sets the theme for the entire movie, and The Smiths' presence is felt throughout.
The album closes with a cover of "Please, Please, Please..." by She & Him, the "indie folk" duo Zooey Deschanel belongs to. It's not a horrible cover, but I've never been too impressed with Deschanel's vocal style and she just doesn't have that downtrodden, hopeless tone Morrissey exudes so effortlessly.
There are quite a few songs from bands I'd never heard of before, like Black Lips ("Bad Kids"), Doves ("There Goes the Fear"), Wolfmother ("Vagabond"), and Mumm-Ra ("She's Got You High"), but throughout the disc a few very recognizable and welcome tunes pop up (Hall and Oates, "You Make My Dreams" as well as The Temper Trap's "Sweet Disposition") and it feels like home.
The soundtrack as a whole oozes heartbreak and grey skies, which I think was probably the point. After all, the movie is wretched and awful. Says the director, "When your heart is first broken, it consumes you. And it's an emotion I wanted to make a movie about, before I forgot how it felt." He certainly succeeded, and he compiled a collection of songs that hit that nail on the head, as well. While the emotional experience of listening to this soundtrack is kid's stuff compared to the movie, make no mistake: this is NOT a sunny pop collection. And yet you can't help but dig it.
What I like about this disc is the variety. But that variety could also be said to act as a con. I feel like this album could have lost a few songs that served as obvious filler, and come out stronger in the end for it. Feist's "Mushaboom" is a good song, but it's not very memorable. "Bad Kids" from Black Lips has that same retro feel and easily fits into that Smiths-era feel, but it's also about a million times too hyper and frantic for the mood of this soundtrack. Simon & Garfunkel's "Bookends", at 1 minute 23 seconds, is not only an unnecessary addition that doesn't add a thing to the mix, but it also feels as if it were added simply for street cred, you know? Oh, you're doing a heartbreaking melancholy soundtrack? Which Simon & Garfunkel song are you using?
I got this soundtrack primarily because I recognized a lot of songs while I watched the movie, and Amazon was offering it for $5. I don't regret the purchase; I'd have bought it for the Hall & Oates and Temper Trap songs alone, I'm sure. As a soundtrack, it does a good job of invoking some of those emotions I felt during the movie only, thank God, not to the extent I was feeling them then. I think the movie and its memory will always be stronger in my mind than the soundtrack could ever be, which is somewhat unfortunate because I own the soundtrack and can listen to it any time I want, whereas the movie would pose more of a problem--not that I would EVER want to watch that thing repeatedly.
If viewed on its own, however, I don't think this album stands up to individual scrutiny. It almost has to be listened to as a companion piece of the movie; there's just too much filler here to make a cohesive album otherwise. I think it's a case of some songs reflecting the theme while other songs simply fit well into a particular scene without necessarily being thematically relevant.
Either way, (500) DAYS OF SUMMER is a good soundtrack, and a decent album. I recommend it to music lovers in general because, filler aside, there are no bad songs here. Just don't watch the movie. It's awful, rotten, and STUPID. Dumb movie.
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