It doesn’t always make sense to buy a soundtrack just for that one hit song, but lately there have been some really great soundtracks that are good albums in their own right and definitely worth a listen.
One of my new favorite soundtracks is from the Oscar-nominated film, Dallas Buyers Club, which is up for Best Picture.
From Shuggie Otis to T. Rex with Fitz and the Tantrums, Tegan and Sara, and My Morning Jacket in between, every song on this album is good. Neon Trees’ acoustic “Mad Love“ is a real highlight. You can get a little taste of all the songs, here.
The next soundtrack that should be on your radar — and your iPod — is from Inside Llewyn Davis. It’s just the most fantastic bunch of folksy, alternative-country songs you’ve ever heard. “By whom?” you ask, grammatically correctly. Ever hear of Justin Timberlake? Bob Dylan? Marcus Mumford? Yes. Yes, you have. And you need to hear more. This soundtrack is gorgeous. Samples, here.
I’m also really loving the soundtrack to Mandela — Long Walk to Freedom. The album includes a rich mix of South African songs and Western songs. There are beautiful traditional songs and some jazzy ditties from the ’40s and ’50s that you will love. The standout single “Ordinary Love” is U2 at its finest. You should buy the soundtrack for this song alone and if it were 1990, you would.
Here’s a little teaser. While not currently available as a soundtrack, Arcade Fire’s score for Spike Jonze’s Her can be found online and will eventually be available. Self-respecting Arcade Fire fans will love the delicate, pretty, atmospheric score.
Keep an eye out for the Malificent soundtrack, too. Lana Del Rey’s haunting version of “Once Upon a Dream” promises interesting things to come.
And of course, everyone is loving Frozen!
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