Sunday, January 27, 2008

CD Review: Juno soundtrack

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I think everyone has that one soundtrack they cherish as much as the movie they know every line to. Pulp Fiction, High Fidelity, Trainspotting, Empire Records, The Graduate and Saturday Night Fever are a few that come to mind. Well, to add to this list of soundtrack greatness and "desert island" discs is the music from the motion picture Juno. Thanks to getting the hookup from Arbell, Juno came in the mail Friday and I have listened to this compact disc nonstop until 15 minutes ago when I'll finally import it into my iPod.

The first thought I had listening to this album is the music tells more of a love story than the film itself. From the get go, you hear the opening credits track, "All I Want is You" by Barry Louis Polisar, "Dearest" by Buddy Holly and "Sea of Love" by Cat Power. In between these tracks along with other notables are Kimya Dawson making up six not forgetting to mention the Moldy Peaches track making a grand total of seven. From the minute-and-then-some track, "Sleep," to Sonic Youth's cover of "Superstar" (I can't help but think of Tommy Boy every time I hear that song), it's all here!

Other cool tracks I didn't notice off the bat from the film until I put the CD in are "Vampire" by Antsy Pants (which is made up of kids) and "I'm Sticking With You" by The Velvet Underground. Tracks I did recognize that I think shaped the movie (even though they all shaped Juno) are "Tire Swing" by Kimya Dawson, "Expectations" by Belle & Sebastian and "Anyone Else But You" by The Moldy Peaches. As a bonus, the last track is Michael Cera and Ellen Page's cover of The Moldy Peaches track from the last scene complete with hearing the runners before the track is over.

Overall, the soundtrack is as eclectic as "Juno" the character and worth getting in some way, shape or form.

The "sacred vessel" tracks:
1. All I Want is You - Barry Louis Polisar
2. My Rollercoaster - Kimya Dawson
3. A Well Respected Man - The Kinks
4. Dearest - Buddy Holly
5. Up The Sprout - Mateo Messina
6. Tire Swing - Kimya Dawson
7. Piazza, New York Catcher - Belle & Sebastian
8. Loose Lips - Kimya Dawson
9. Superstar - Sonic Youth
10. Sleep - Kimya Dawson
11. Expectations - Belle & Sebastian
12. All the Young Dudes - Mott the Hoople
13. So Nice So Smart - Kimya Dawson
14. Sea of Love - Cat Power
15. Tree Hugger - Kimya Dawson & Antsy Pants
16. I'm Sticking With You - The Velvet Underground
17. Anyone Else But You - The Moldy Peaches
18. Vampire - Antsy Pants
19. Anyone Else But You - Michael Cera & Ellen Page
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