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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Royal Soundtrack, 28 July 2002
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This soundtrack, like the one for Rushmore which preceeded it, contains a mixture of classic songs and original instrumental scoring by Mark Mothersbaugh.
The songs are mainly from the reflective singer songwriter genre. Nico's haunting rendition of These Days is memorable from its prominent use in one scene. We also have Elliot Smith and Nick Drake performing similarly melancholic tunes.
One notable thing about the film was the way it showed the characters actually listening to records, in one instance two tracks from the same Rolling Stones LP, (Sadly not included here).
By playing this CD, the listener is given an apt reminder of this wonderfully odd and witty film.
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26 of 31 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fabulous work that avoids all the soundtrack cliches., 20 Mar. 2002
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This review is from: The Royal Tenenbaums (Audio CD)
Wes Andersen's latest flight of fancy reaches Britain's shores this month. The film, about a disloyal, sometimes treacherous and distinctly dodgy old rogue (played superbly by Golden Globe winner, Gene Hackman) who seeks redemption from his disinterested brood (played by Ben Stiller, Gweneth Paltrow and Luke Wilson), finally undergoing terminal illness to win their acceptance, is a distinctly original work by Anderson, the maker of 'Rushmore'. He's quickly giving the Coens a run for their money as one of America's brightest and most ironic film-makers.
This new film is far more accomplished than even the much lauded 'Rushmore', partly because of a wonderful ensemble cast's gusto performances (even Paltrow, shock horror, delivers the goodies) and because of the sheer warmth and wit of the material.
There's nothing worse on a soundtrack than the very song you think is about to come up actually coming up: watch 'Carlito's Way' or 'Being Famous', to witness the 'Lady Marmalade' style-cliches in action. Even Moulin Rouge falls victim to this a tad.
The Royal Tenenbaums never falls into that musical trap and instead goes for the lesser known tracks from the greats (like Lennon's 'Look At Me' and the Clash's version of 'Police and Thieves').
A central part of the film's success is the fabulous soundtrack, opening with life stories of the marriage-damaged children, underpinned by an orchestrated 'Hey Jude' (perfect and clever given that Macca wrote it on his way to visit the young Julian Lennon during his parent's break-up).
Other classics by Nico, Paul Simon and a host of others evoke fantastically the softer and more esoteric side of the 1970s. Every song selection fits perfectly the film's funny and bitter-sweet vibe.
Great track selection: in my mind, the best soundtrack since the Coen Brothers' 'O Brother Where Art Thou?'.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Straight back to the movie!, 15 Oct. 2011
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A. M. Davies "Alixx" (Bangor/Wirral, England) - See all my reviews
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Having watched the film when I was younger I enjoyed the film but didn't notice the music. Watching it again several years later the music stuck out like a sore thumb (in a good way). The songs by The Velvet Underground, Nico, Paul Simon and the like are all what you would expect from those great artists so if you like their music it does without saying that this is a great purchase. However, being a soundtrack I normally skip over the 'background music' but this time I found myself constantly repeating them. Each one is gorgeous to listen to and does what only great soundtracks can do, take you write back to the movies!
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4 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars great film great soundtrack, 16 Nov. 2003
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I've had this for a month and it hasn't left my car cd player once.
love it
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