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Thumbsucker Soundtrack

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  • Audio CD (Sept. 13 2005)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Soundtrack
  • Label: Universal Music Canada
  • Run Time: 96 minutes
  • In-Print Editions: Audio CD
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars 1 customer review
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #238,473 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
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1. The Crash
2. Scream & Shout
3. Slow Halls
4. What Would You Let Go
5. Empty Rooms
6. Wonderful for You
7. The Rebecca Fantasy
8. Thirteen - Elliott Smith
9. Pink Trash Dream
10. The Green Lights
11. Debate Montage
12. Trouble-Elliott Smith
13. Skinny Dip
14. Sourness Makes It Right
15. Some of the Parts
16. Matt Schraam
17. Let's Get Lost - Elliott Smith
18. Justin's Hypothesis
19. The Call of the Wild
20. Wait and See
See all 23 tracks on this disc

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The movie stars newcomer Lou Pucci as well as Tilda Swinton, Vincent D'Onofrio, Keanu Reeves, Benjamin Bratt, Kelli Garner and Vince Vaughn. The score to Thumbsucker was written by The Polyphonic Spree's Tim DeLaughter and recorded with members of the band. Soundtrack contains exclusive new song from The Polyphonic Spree, 'Move Away And Shine'. The soundtrack also contains three songs from Elliot Smith, one of which ('Thirteen') is previously unreleased and was chosen by Elliot Smith for inclusion in the movie. Hollywood. 2005.


The indie drama Thumbsucker, pertaining to a 14-year old boy struggling with the habit that gives the movie its title, gets the symphonic treatment with this original score by Tim DeLaughter of The Polyphonic Spree. Mingling with the flowery orchestration and flute trills are three tracks by the late Elliott Smith, who was involved in the early development of the film with director Mike Mills. While Spree fans have come to expect the full sonic overload of the 20+ strong ensemble, DeLaughter's best track is the one where he picks up a guitar and sings sans backing band, "Wonderful You." DeLaughter is in a delicate situation here, sharing the disc with the superior song craft of Smith. Smith's contributions, including "Let’s Get Lost" from From a Basement on the Hill and the never-before-released "Thirteen" and "Trouble" only hint at what this soundtrack might have been. While DeLaughter's tracks make good film music, Smith's stand upright on their own, regardless of context. Ultimately, both contributors provide the soundtrack with a feeling of adolescent melancholy well suited for the film. -- Ryan Boudinot

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Format: Audio CD
This is a phenomenal soundtrack to go with a great movie of 2005. Initially I was a little skeptical, seeing as though Elliot Smith and Polyphonic Spree aren't closely related musically but the way both are interwoven throughout the soundtrack really leaves the listener without words. Elliot of course does steal the show but the Spree does a fantastic job as well. If you're a fan of their "Together We're Heavy" you won't be disappointed. The only downside is that some of the songs, as great as they are are only around the one minute, two minute mark and could easily have been amazing three minute songs. But then again, its not much different than any other spree album. Instead of having 7 different songs into one seven minute track, here they give you all seven tracks flat out. This soundtrack really highlights DeLaughter's genious as a songwriter and composer and serves as definitive step in the right direction in their musical development. Highlights include "Move Away and Shine", "Wait and See", "Debate Montage", "The Green Lights", "Scream and Shout", and "Slow Halls". Also, as mentioned earlier the Elliot Smith songs are great, indeed they're worth the 20 bucks alone. Especially his cover of Cat Stevens' "Trouble".
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Amazon.com: HASH(0xb412c720) out of 5 stars 15 reviews
16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xb3ae66cc) out of 5 stars You can have all you ever want in a dream. Sept. 15 2005
By Galador42 - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
According to the liner notes, Thumbsucker director Mike Mills was working with songwriting genius Elliott Smith on the songs for the movie when Smith passed away. Months later, while struggling with the editing of the movie and the aftermath of Smith's death, Mills attended a Polyphonic Spree concert that changed and moved him so much that he sought out Tim DeLaughter of The Spree and signed him to finish the musical score to the film. "The Spree saved Thumbsucker," says Mills.

The album has a lush score representing Tim DeLaughter and The Polyphonic Spree at their very best, from the powerful and jubilant single "Move Away and Shine" to the sublime and mellow "Acceptance" (which rolls out comfortably for thiry minutes), punctuated with several songs by the late Elliott Smith.

Usually I leave the movie theater wanting to get the soundtrack, but now it's the other way around. This score makes me want to see the movie, as I'm sure it has to be something very special.
10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xb3b044bc) out of 5 stars genius music for a genius film July 31 2006
By kevin - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
I find it extremely irritating when a reviewer with limited knowledge of a film (or, even worse, when a reviewer hasnot watched the film) takes it upon themselves to trash a soundtrack. The qualms I have with this practice are purely due to my aesthetical opinion: certain films require certain types of soundtracks. Some films, like Almost Famous and Snatch, work best with track lists full of imposing titles and in such a circumstance the music, for a moment or two, becomes the focus of the film. In films like Lost in Translation and Thumbsucker, the music never takes a dominant role over the film itself; instead it plays the role of a constant emotional supplement, accurately and beautifully rendering the action on screen through sound. The soundtrack, to any who has watched Thumbsucker, is an amazing work of art and a case study in complementing an amazing film with amazing, yet not overbearing, music. Any viewer, any fan, and any colleague of Mike Mill's will have the same positive reaction to this soundtrack after watching the great film it supports. Reviewers who review soundtracks without watching the movies they stem from, take note: this album was intended as a complement to great film, not a compilation made at the director's whim...I sincerely challenge you to watch the movie and claim that these songs, soaking in emotion, are dry and banal!
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xb3af4a50) out of 5 stars Thumbsucker and A Tribute To Elliott Smith make me a happy guy! Oct. 5 2005
By Dave Dickerson - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Just picked this up with A Tribute To Elliott Smith here on Amazon and I am glad I did! The Elliott tracks on Thumbsucker are manna from heaven for a Smith fan (obviously) but the Polyphonic Spree stuff is really growing on me as well. Can't wait to see this movie - with music like this in it you can't go wrong.
I also ordered A Tribute To Elliott Smith since Amazon recommended it and I am overjoyed with it as well. This was indeed a good week to be an Elliott Smith fan!
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xb3b01690) out of 5 stars Elliott Smith fans shouldn't think twice. Oct. 2 2005
By Tristan C. - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Elliott Smith's two covers on this album are probably the most delicate beautiful songs I've ever heard in my life. Cat Steven's "trouble" is so fitting to the last moments of his life, it nearly brings tears to my eyes. If you are a fan of Elliott Smith, you cannot live without these two songs.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xb3b01840) out of 5 stars Perfect Match Oct. 4 2005
By Alex M. - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
The Polyphonic Spree and my all-time favorite, Elliott Smith, are perfect together on the soundtrack to such a great film. Worth picking up just for the cover of "Trouble." "Move Away and Shine" is another highlight.