I got this soundtrack from my mom who knew I loved the movie and since the movie isn’t out on DVD yet, she figured that this was the next best thing. I’m usually the type that steers clear of movie soundtracks because I feel they never really live up to the movie. However, I was pleasantly surprised when I opened up this gem.
Released July 14, 2009 from the Sire/Wea label, the movie’s independent, eclectic vibe carries over into the soundtrack. Although there’s no shortage in song variety on the album, even including a French track and a track from the main character, Zooey Deschanel’s, band, there still seems to be connectivity through the lyrics and emotions of the songs.
Soundtracks have the chronic tendency to be choppy because different scenes call for tremendously different music. However, this soundtrack takes the listener on a comprehensive journey of the movie. This might have to do with the fact that music played such a central part in the movie itself as the Director Marc Webb has had much experience as a music video director.
The driving beats in a rock-pop-techno style evoke the emotion of the character’s feelings at different points in the storyline. The soundtrack has ultimately succeeded in representing the painfully heartbreaking and the painfully perfect moments.
With the opening track’s “A Story of Boy Meets Girl,” entrance of a plot synopsis over a happy-go-lucky background melody full of string instruments, the soundtrack prepares the listener for an audible trip through the movie. As the track sets up the plot it’s easy to understand that this soundtrack will include all the peculiar quirks of the main characters’ relationships in the movie’s diversion from a “typical” love story.
As they roll on, Regina Spektor’s “They Made a Statue of Us” picks up the energy of the story with a swift melody underneath her voice that floats above in an effortless, careless way just as Summer acts in the film.