Crazy Stupid Love Soundtrack7.07.11 # Soundtrack # 61 Comments
The Crazy, Stupid, Love soundtrack. Although few would argue with the assertion that love can indeed be characterised as both ‘crazy’ and ‘stupid’ (er, assuming we’re talking about the libidinous variety, rather than the love one might feel for a treasured family pet – say, a cute li’l wabbit. Aw), the soundtrack to the forthcoming movie with a title constituted of those three words is not so much daft lunatic, instead being more of a safe ‘n’ steady affair.
Directed by the I Love You Phillip Morris pairing of Glenn Ficarra and John Requa, Crazy, Stupid, Love on first inspection appears to be an odd couple bromance, with Steve Carrell as the middle-aged sad sack being giving pick-up tips by Ryan Gosling’s smooth-talking slickster. However the trailer indicates that the dramatic element of the story is at least as prevalent as the humorous one, and the soundtrack provides a further hint of this, with it lacking the knockabout, retro-irony numbers which have come to characterise the tie-in albums of contemporary comedy flicks.
Most of the 12 chosen tracks (all oldies, no newies) are fairly mellow affairs, with the combined effect harking back to the chill-out boom (if that isn’t too much of an oxymoron) of the late ‘90s/early ‘00s. Indeed, from the Fleet Foxes-lite of the Acorn, with their acoustic guitars and post-ironic spirituality, to the piano hook of Gram Rabbit’s Lost in Place, to the Middle East’s Blood (already heard on at least one film soundtrack this year: It’s Kind of a Funny Story, starring Zach Galifianakis), it’s largely the kind of good taste languor that might be put on the stereo during a dinner party. Just after dessert. Just before the cheese and cyanide.
There are a few vacillations in tempo, mind, with DC duo Thievery Corporation contributing both the brassy, bassy groove of The Numbers Games¸ complete with rootsy vocal from fellow Washingtonite, Chuck Brown, and The Heart’s a Lonely Hunter, an older and percussively funky number featuring the ever-familiar tones of David Byrne. Meanwhile, the late Doris Troy matches and perhaps surpasses Brown in terms of soulful vocals (Just One Look), while Say Hi’s Oh Oh Oh Oh Oh Oh Oh Oh Oh (yes, really) provides a brief but welcome burst of higher-octane oddness.
The Crazy, Stupid, Love soundtrack is out on 26 July. The movie is out three days later in the US and on 23 September in the UK.
You can download the Crazy Stupid Love soundtrack as mp3s here
Crazy, Stupid, Love Soundtrack (Songs) – Track List
1. The Numbers Game – Thievery Corporation
2. Almanac – The Acorn
3. Lost in Place – Gram Rabbit
4. The Heart’s a Lonely Hunter – Thievery Corporation & David Byrne
5. Black is the Color of My True Love’s Hair (Jaffa remix) – Nina Simone
6. Animal (Mark Ronson remix) – Miike Snow
7. Ooh La La – Goldfrapp
8. Just One Look – Doris Troy
9. Oh Oh Oh Oh Oh Oh Oh Oh Oh – Say Hi
10. On the Sly – The Bamboos
11. I Need Your Love – Marilin Medina, Martin Medina & Jason Ruder
12. Blood – The Middle East
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