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20 Watts Reviews (500) Days of Summer OST by 20watts
Soundtrack made in Indie Heaven

Soundtrack made in Indie Heaven

Once a year, the Sundance Film Festival graces the public with some indie masterpieces that just happen to be set to the perfect mixture of vintage pop classics and up-and-coming underground acts. This year is no different. Following in the footsteps of Garden State, Juno and Little Miss Sunshine, (500) Days of Summer indulges every need of indie music lovers everywhere.

Listening to this album is like reading a well-written story about love, rather than a love story, as the opening track informs listeners.  “You should know up front, this is not a love story,” declares a deep voice right before transitioning into the bubbly “Us” by Regina Spektor.

The (500) Days of Summer soundtrack is a perfect balance between the nearly suicide-inducing sounds of The Smiths and the light, summer-loving tunes of Doves, The Temper Trap and Black Lips.

This is definitely an interesting collection worth having as part of your iTunes. It has range and a wide appeal, as confirmed by the special appearance French First Lady Carla Bruni makes in track 9. Her internationally beloved “Quequ’un M’a Dit,” a song about — well, what else but love and heartbreak? — serves as a perfect transition in the overall tone of the album. This track helps smoothly shift into the more melancholy melodies by Feist and Simon & Garfunkel, giving the album all the necessary points for the story-telling structure it so successfully builds.

But what really makes this album is the final track by She & Him, a cover of The Smiths’ “Please Please Please Let Me Get What I Want.” Zooey Deschanel once again reminds us that we not only love her for her doe-eyed expressions, her adorable fashion sense and her 1950s haircut, but for her gorgeous singing voice (along with the melodic accompaniment of M. Ward). The melody is nothing short of classic and it is definitely an appropriate conclusion to the album.

(500) Days of Summer soundtrack is pretty much everything you would expect it to be — it’s simple, classic and memorable. If the soundtrack is any indication of how good the film is, then the director Marc Webb can be sure that his work will not go unnoticed.

– Irina  Dvalidze


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I’ve been saying I need to see this movie for the past month or so. The soundtrack seems fantastic. I’ll have to go check it out.

Comment by johncassillo

they have been really messing up some stuff as far as the release dates go. it was supposed to be out last friday, but i’ve been checking out almost every theater in miami and each time they keep telling me that it has been postponed by yet another day. weird.

Comment by irinadvalidze

That is weird. Especially since larger-than-life cut-outs of Zoey Deschanel have been chilling in my theater since like… March.

Comment by caitlindewey

I know it’s in the city at some select locations. I need to make it a priority to just get over there and see it… Or I could wait two more months and buy it for $10 bucks at Target/Blockbuster. Decisions, decisions.

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