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  • Audio CD (6 Dec. 2004)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Soundtrack
  • Label: Rca
  • ASIN: B0006GVJW6
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (38 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 37,466 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
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Garden State - Music From The Motion Picture - Cd

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Writer and director Zach Braff does a masterful job matching the charming, heartfelt tone of films like The Graduate and Rushmore in his motion picture debut, Garden State, so it only makes sense that the music he personally compiled for the soundtrack plays just as of big a part here as it did in those films. Simon & Garfunkel's languorous "The Only Living Boy in New York" is an obvious thread, but aside from Nick Drake's "One of These Things First," Braff is able to carry the mood without getting tripped up in the past. Frou Frou's "Let Go" and Zero 7's "In the Waiting Line" supply soft techno touches, while Iron & Wine's "Such Great Heights" and former Men at Work singer Colin Hay's "I Just Don't Think I'll Ever Get Over You" offer understated angst. It's the pair of emotionally racked contributions from the Shins ("Caring Is Creepy," "New Slang"), however, that really make this compilation a must-have. --Aidin Vaziri

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By E. A Solinas HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWER on 1 Jan. 2006
Format: Audio CD
It's a gift enough to encounter a really, really good movie. But a good soundtrack makes it even better. And few soundtracks are as enjoyable as new indie wunderkind Zach Braff's "Garden State." A mix of golden oldies and fresh indie-pop, this is a mellowly sweet collection -- even without the movie.

Braff uses some truly wonderful songs like Frou Frou's fragile "Let Go," Coldplay's quietly downbeat "Don't Panic," and Thievery Corporation's elegantly exotic "Lebanese Blonde." There is also singer/actress Bonnie Somerville's bittersweet "Winding Road," and country-rock newcomer Cary Brothers' dreamy "Blue Eyes."

The best of the soundtrack are the Shins, who get double exposure with the eerily sweet "New Slang" and resonating "Caring is Creepy," and Iron & Wine's lovely cover of "Such Great Heights" (originally by the Postal Service). But Braff also includes older stuff, like Simon & Garfunkel's aching "Only Living Boy in New York" and Nick Drake's surprisingly joyous, upbeat "One of These Things First."

Where Wes Anderson uses beloved oldies, Zach Braff seems to prefer some of the more unusual, eclectic rock and pop. Though it was hard to get some of the music rights on an indie-film budget, Braff won over several artists by showing them where their songs would go -- situated in scenes where they have plenty of impact. Braff doesn't just include a list of his favorite songs, but chooses appropriate music.

But even without the movie, the soundtrack is a good listen. Alt-country, gentle indie-pop, and mellow-ish rock share a quirky, poignant note.
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I bought the soundtrack before I saw the film - I kept trying to get to the cinema but the fates conspired against me. I liked the look of the CD so just went ahead and got that anyway. So I'd fallen in love with the music before I fell in love with the film. It works as a standalone compilation of music because it has such a consistent mood running through it. Unlike some compilations which may have great songs on them, but jar when they're up against each other.
I finally saw the film on DVD the other night, and it's made me appreciate this CD even more. They're both close to perfect for me.
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By A Customer on 16 Feb. 2005
Format: Audio CD
I not only enjoyed the movie immensely but i have had the soundtrack for a few weeks now and still not sick of it. It's all i'm listening to. Great choices from The Braff, well done I say. Everyone i've played it to thinks it's ace, so i just had to say something here. A song for every mood. I'm gonna be buying the individual artists albums as soon as i get paid!
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I recently "Garden State" over the summer and loved the film. Zach Braff's directorial debut was a good mix of poignancy and comedy. What really propelled the film for me was the music that played a large role in the film which is rare in films. Most music in films are relegated to the background. Not in "Garden State". Music here sets the tone of the mood of each scene in the film. The soundtrack is one of the best soundtracks I have heard in years. The music is a mix of electronica, folk, and indie pop. The results is very moody and enjoyable. I find myself listening to this wonderful cd constantly. It has become my personal soundtrack to my life, especially when I listen to it going to and from work. I particularly fell in love with The Shins' "New Slang". I was hooked the second after Natalie Portman's character put her headphones on Zach's ears. I found the song irresistably catchy. Her character Sam was right when she said that these songs would change your life. They certainly changed mine. All the songs on this soundtrack is wonderful. I found myself rediscovering old familiar songs like Coldplay's 'Don't Panic" and Frou Frou's "Let Go". I also enjoyed "Fair" by Remy Zero. I thought it was a beautiful ballad. Very moving. The Nick Drake track "One of These Things First" is excellent too. There was not one single song on the entire sountrack that I did not like. I loved all the songs even the Zero 7 song since I am not really a big fan of Zero 7. I think it is apparent that Zach took the care of picking the songs that would provide the backdrop to his film. The songs just flowed perfectly together. "Garden State" is by far the best soundtrack I have heard this year and I heard quite a few excellent soundtracks this year.
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I recently went to see 'Garden state' at the cinema and was hugely impressed. It was just so apt and moving.
What struck me most was the fantastic music on the soundtrack. The music played such a fundamental part of the film I had to buy it (from Amazon I must add!)
The soundtrack in one word: FANTASTIC....
Why?
Well, every song is sheer quality from Coldplay to Simon and Garfunkel, The Shins and the amazing Frou Frou 'Let Go' which for me epitomises the film's message which is to just enjoy the 'infinte abyss' which is life...
I have gone out and bought The Shins album which is also class - so the soundtrack too has broadened my music tastes!!
Zach Braff ('Scrubs') not only directed, starred and wrote the screenplay for this film, he was the music director too.
He has not only made a quality film but a quality soundtrack...
GO BUY...you WONT be disappointed....PROMISE!
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