Review: The Great Gatsby soundtrack
Drawing on the hottest contemporary exponents of hip hop, producer Jay-Z and film director Baz Luhrmann compiled an anachronistic soundtrack for The Great Gatsby. There are no holy cows for Luhrmann so there are covers and unusual collabs and anything goes, but these songs need the visuals to make sense. While the film is set in the Jazz Age, not one of the tracks is from that period, though many sample riffs and sounds we now associate with the 1920s, specifically jazz licks and honky tonk piano.
When the songs don’t lift the samples the lyrics reference the tone of the film, like Lana del Rey’s Young and Beautiful (Will you still love me when I’ve got nothing but my aching soul?) or specific elements like Florence and the Machine’s Over the Love referencing the bridge into the city which features hugely in the storyline. Some of the tracks on the cd are not available via iTunes, which makes for a great marketing ploy, but one of the best tracks associated with this film is missing – Jay Z’s own No Church in the Wild was used very effectively for the film trailer, but it’s not to be found here.... Read the full, comprehensive news article and discuss at Daily News