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Great collection of indie music for outstanding film
on 6 January 2014
I saw "The Secret Life of Walter Mitty" in the theatre recently and made a mental note to myself to check out the soundtrack, as the music plays prominently in the movie and I really enjoyed what I heard.
"The Secret Life of Walter Mitty: Music From and Inspired by the Motion Picture: (12 tracks; 50 min.) contains a lot of music that is played in the movie, and some that isn't. This collection kicks off with Junip's Jose Gonzalez' epic-sounding "Step Out", which appears several times in the movie and really is the unofficial anthem/theme song of the movie. Gonzalez later returns with a beautifully pensive "Stay Alive", and then with the John Lennon cover "Dream #9", which actually does not play in the movie. Given the huge role that Iceland plays in the movie, it's only natural that Icelandic band Of Monsters And Men is on the soundtrack, here with the acoustic-rooted "Dirty Paws" (the opening track of their outstanding debut album "My Head Is An Animal"). Gonzalez' full band, Sweden's Junip, contributes 2 songs, "Far Away" and "Don't Let It Pass". San Fran-indie band Rogue Wave also contributes 2 songs, the dreamy "Lake Michigan" and the intimate "The Ravens & The Wolves". Towards the very end, we get the song that appears in a key moment of the movie (when Walter, stuck in Greenland, is debating his next move and out of the blue in a dream sequence Cheryl, the woman he has a crush on, appears and plays David Bowie's "Space Oddity" at a karaoke bar). The song then shifts over to Bowie's original version. It appears here as "Space Oddity (Mitty Mix (feat. Kristin Wiig)". This collection also contains 2 further covers, Jack Johnson's take on Barry Manilow's "Escape (The Pina Colada Song), which plays during the closing credits of the movie (a couple of lines are sung in the movie during a hilarious moment), and Grace Mitchell's take on Hall & Oates' "Maneater", which plays as elevator music in the movie--the Grace Mitchell cover does not play in the movie. Great collection all around!
Couple of words as to the film: the film is epic in scope, and eye-candy from start to finish, with some astonishing visuals, in particular when the movie is set in Greenland and Iceland. In my mind, the film is as much a travelogue as it is an emotional story (where it also very much succeeds). I was pleasantly surprised by the film, as it turned out to be just as good as the trailer made me think it would.
Bottom line: "The Secret Life of Walter Mitty", both the soundtrack and the movie, is HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!