Monday, June 24, 2013

The Great Gatsby Soundtrack

Like I mentioned in the last post, I went to see The Great Gatsby over the weekend and completely fell in love with the entire thing. Not only did they do a fabulous job turning one of my favorite books into a great movie but the soundtrack was amazing. How they were able to take modern songs and give them a 20s feel was stunning. Here is the story about how this idea came about.
"The idea to fuse traditional jazz with modern-day hip-hop, sometimes in the middle of a song came from Luhurmann (director) after DiCaprio introduced him to Jay-Z who was recording "No Church in the Wild" at the Mercer Hotel for his album with Kanye West. Immediately the song was commandeered for the film as was Jay-Z himself who agreed to contribute music-- though his participation eventually earned him an executive producer credit for the soundtrack. He identified with the aspirations of the movie's title character, who mirrored the hip-hop fascination with money, power, violence and sex."
Great article over at the Hollywood Reporter - Click Here.
These are some of my favorites from the soundtrack:
-First is Fergie with "A Little Party Never Killed Nobody"
-Next is Florence + The Machine with "Over the Love" which is used brilliantly in the film.
-Emeli Sande recreated Beyoncé's "Crazy In Love" with a 20s feel. This was not the only cover in the movie. Beyoncé and Andre 3000 also covered Amy Winehouse 'Back to Black'. I thought it was brilliant on how they were able to bring these songs back with such a different feel. A move like this takes some guts.
-And finally a soundtrack like this would not be complete without some Jack White? Am I right people? He does an amazing version of U2's "Love Is Blindness", just stunning. Take a listen. Download the entire soundtrack. Trust me on this one.

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