Magnolia (soundtrack)

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This article is about the soundtrack to the movie Magnolia. For the score by Jon Brion, see Magnolia (score).
Magnolia: Music from the Motion Picture
Magnolia album.jpg
Soundtrack album by Aimee Mann
Released December 7, 1999
Genre Pop, rock
Length 50:49
Label Warner Music
Producer Jon Brion
Buddy Judge
Aimee Mann
Brendan O'Brien
Michael Penn
Aimee Mann chronology
I'm with Stupid
Bachelor No. 2
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4.5/5 stars[1]
Almost Cool (7.25/10)[2]
The Austin Chronicle 4/5 stars[3]
Chicago Tribune (favorable)[4]
Mojo (favorable)[5]
NME (4/10)[6]
Q 4/5 stars[5]
Rolling Stone 4/5 stars[7]
Robert Christgau (1-star Honorable Mention)[8]

Magnolia: Music from the Motion Picture is the soundtrack album to the Paul Thomas Anderson motion picture of the same name. Largely composed of works by Aimee Mann, enough such that she receives a title billing on the album, the album also features tracks by Gabrielle, Supertramp, and Jon Brion.


Anderson has stated that Magnolia was inspired by Mann's music.[9]

Many of the songs feature prominently within the film, with "Wise Up" even being sung by the cast at one point, but only two of the songs were written expressly for the film, those being "You Do" and "Save Me". "Save Me" would garner Mann an Academy Award nomination for Best Song, losing to Phil Collins's song "You'll Be in My Heart" from Tarzan.[1]

The tracks "Deathly", "Driving Sideways", and "You Do" show up on Aimee Mann's following album, Bachelor No. 2, though the track "Save Me" replaces "Driving Sideways" on EU editions. "Nothing Is Good Enough", here an instrumental, appears in lyrical form on that album. (Bachelor also includes "Red Vines", a song Mann wrote about director Anderson.)

The beginning of the song "You Could Make a Killing" and the bit that appears after the track "It's Not Safe", both from I'm with Stupid, also appear briefly in the beginning of the film, but the tracks do not appear on this album.

The song "One", written by Harry Nilsson and originally made popular by Three Dog Night, is played during the first five minutes of the movie, and contains several obscure musical references to other Nilsson songs. It opens with a sample of Nilsson saying "Okay, Mr. Mix!" taken from the start of his song "Cuddly Toy". This version of the song also includes lyrics from Nilsson's song "Together" sung in the background. ("Life isn't easy when two are divided / and one has decided / to bring down the curtain / and one thing's for certain / there's nothing to keep them together."). Furthermore, the opening vocal motif from Nilsson's song "Good Old Desk" is used as a background vocal line (at approximately 1:54 into the song). Neil Innes, from The Bonzo Dog Doo Dah Band and The Rutles, and Chris Difford of Squeeze provide backing vocals.[10] This track originally appeared on the For the Love of Harry: Everybody Sings Nilsson tribute album.

Track listing[edit]

All songs performed by Aimee Mann, unless otherwise noted.

No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "One"   Harry Nilsson 2:53
2. "Momentum"   Aimee Mann 3:27
3. "Build That Wall"   Mann, Jon Brion 4:25
4. "Deathly"   Mann 5:28
5. "Driving Sideways"   Mann, Michael Lockwood 3:47
6. "You Do"   Mann 3:41
7. "Nothing Is Good Enough (Instrumental)"   Mann 3:10
8. "Wise Up"   Mann 3:31
9. "Save Me"   Mann 4:35
10. "Goodbye Stranger" (performed by Supertramp) Rick Davies, Roger Hodgson 5:50
11. "The Logical Song" (performed by Supertramp) Davies, Hodgson 4:07
12. "Dreams" (performed by Gabrielle) Gabrielle, Tim Laws 3:43
13. "Magnolia" (performed by Jon Brion) Brion 2:12
Total length:

Charts and certifications[edit]


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  2. ^ "Aimee Mann - Magnolia OST". Almost Cool. 1999. Retrieved July 7, 2013. 
  3. ^ Labernz, Mindy (February 18, 2000). "Aimee Mann Songs From Magnolia (Reprise)". The Austin Chronicle. Retrieved July 7, 2013. 
  4. ^ Klein, Joshua (January 9, 2000). "Aimee Mann Magnolia: Music from the Motion Picture (Reprise)". Chicago Tribune. Retrieved July 7, 2013. 
  5. ^ a b "Magnolia Soundtrack CD Album". CD Universe. Retrieved July 7, 2013. 
  6. ^ "Album Reviews - Magnolia - Music From The Motion Picture". NME. April 3, 2000. Retrieved July 7, 2013. 
  7. ^ Walters, Barry (February 17, 2000). "Aimee Mann: Magnolia Music from the Motion Picture". Rolling Stone. Wenner Media. Archived from the original on December 4, 2007. Retrieved May 11, 2013. 
  8. ^ CG: Magnolia album
  9. ^ Patterson, John (March 10, 2000). "Magnolia Maniac". The Guardian. Retrieved April 12, 2010. 
  10. ^ Phipps, Kevin (March 29, 2002). "Soundtrack: Magnolia". The A.V. Club. The Onion. Retrieved May 11, 2013. 
  11. ^ "Top 100 CDs". RPM. Toronto. 70 (17). February 28, 2000. Retrieved May 11, 2013. 
  12. ^ "Discographie Aimee Mann". (in German). Hung Medien. Retrieved June 21, 2013. 
  13. ^ a b "Magnolia [Original Soundtrack] – Awards (Billboard Singles)". Allmusic. Rovi Corporation. Retrieved May 11, 2013. 
  14. ^ "American certifications – Soundtrack – Magnolia". Recording Industry Association of America. Retrieved May 11, 2013.