Garden State (soundtrack)

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Garden State
Soundtrack album by Various Artists
Released August 10, 2004
Genre Soundtrack
Indie rock
Length 52:55
Label Epic Records
Producer Zach Braff
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3.5/5 stars[1]
Pitchfork Media (7.0/10)[2]
Rolling Stone 3.5/5 stars[3]

Garden State is the soundtrack album to the film Garden State. Compilation producer Zach Braff was awarded a Grammy Award for Best Compilation Soundtrack Album for Motion Pictures, Television or Other Visual Media for his work on the album.[4]

Album information[edit]

The music that accompanied the film was hand-picked by Zach Braff. Commenting on the selections, Braff said that "Essentially, I made a mix CD with all of the music that I felt was scoring my life at the time I was writing the screenplay."[5] The film’s budget limitations meant that obtaining all the songs Braff wanted for the film proved difficult, but Braff felt that the soundtrack was so integral to the script, he sent a copy of it with every request he sent out.

The music in the film features a number of indie-rock artists, notably The Shins. In an early scene, Sam passes Andrew a headset which is playing the song "New Slang" by The Shins as she says "You gotta hear this one song — it’ll change your life; I swear." A second Shins song, "Caring Is Creepy", is also featured on the soundtrack. The presence of Simon & Garfunkel's "The Only Living Boy in New York" on the soundtrack has been cited by some as evidence of a connection to The Graduate. Commenting on the soundtrack’s importance to the film, Sponic Zine wrote, "Braff did a masterful job of choosing songs that exemplified the emotional subtleties in the film… he put together a group of songs that complement each other perfectly and, when put together into one album, create something amazing, almost as if they never should have been apart." [6]

On the DVD menu the song featured is "Motorcycle Ride with Sam" by Chad Fischer. It is a short instrumental.

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Don't Panic" - Coldplay — 2:17
  2. "Caring Is Creepy" - The Shins — 3:20
  3. "In the Waiting Line" - Zero 7 — 4:33
  4. "New Slang" - The Shins — 3:51
  5. "I Just Don't Think I'll Ever Get Over You" - Colin Hay — 5:18
  6. "Blue Eyes" - Cary Brothers — 4:18
  7. "Fair" - Remy Zero — 3:54
  8. "One of These Things First" - Nick Drake — 4:49
  9. "Lebanese Blonde" - Thievery Corporation — 4:46
  10. "The Only Living Boy in New York" - Simon & Garfunkel — 3:59
  11. "Such Great Heights" Iron & Wine — 4:12
  12. "Let Go" - Frou Frou — 4:12
  13. "Winding Road" - Bonnie Somerville — 3:27

The song "Orange Sky" by Alexi Murdoch was also featured in the movie, but did not appear on the soundtrack, as the rights to the song were owned by Fox's The O.C. It was played between "New Slang" and "I Just Don't Think I'll Ever Get Over You" in the film. Additionally, "Love Will Come Through" by Travis was used in the film’s trailer, but never made it into the film or onto its soundtrack. The trailer also featured "Such Great Heights" in the original The Postal Service version, rather than the Iron & Wine cover used in the film. The song "Chocolate" by Snow Patrol appeared in the commercials but didn't appear on the soundtrack.The song "Adelita" by Francisco Tárrega was played on guitar by Peter Sarsgaard when he was talking to Zach Braff in his room, and played on the video of Sam ice skating in the alligator costume. Also, "Three Times A Lady" by Lionel Richie is sung during the funeral scene. Neither song appears on the soundtrack.

Reception[edit]

Zach Braff received a Grammy Award in 2005 for Best Compilation Soundtrack Album for a Motion Picture, Television or Other Visual Media. The Broadcast Film Critics Association nominated it for Best Soundtrack.

The album has sold over 1.3 million copies and has been certified as platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America.[7][8]

In popular culture[edit]

In an episode of Saturday Night Live hosted by Braff, he plays a high school student in a skit where various high school interest groups are attempting to select a theme for the upcoming senior prom. Braff’s character suggests a Garden State theme because the soundtrack "changed [his] life", but the prom committee describes it as a "Pitchfork mix CD". Braff's character replies that he happens to know "...those songs were very carefully chosen"'; nevertheless, the idea is quickly dismissed. He then puts on headphones with the sound of "New Slang" by The Shins playing in the background.

External links[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Allmusic review
  2. ^ Pitchfork Media review
  3. ^ Rolling Stone review
  4. ^ "Grammy Winners Search results, grammy.com". Retrieved 5 January 2008. 
  5. ^ "ign.com". IGN music: Garden State soundtrack review. Retrieved 6 February 2006. 
  6. ^ "sponiczine.com". Sponic Zine: Garden State soundtrack review. Retrieved 6 February 2006. 
  7. ^ Paoletta, Michael (2007-09-22). "One Man, One Soundtrack". Billboard: 32. Retrieved 22 April 2013. 
  8. ^ "American certifications – Garden State". Recording Industry Association of America.