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The Departed soundtrack. The Departed is a popcorn film. Let’s be clear about that right from the start. It’s Casino, only better. William Goldman would call it a comic book movie. So when we talk about how much fun the movie is, let’s bear in mind Taxi Driver, King of Comedy, and Mean Streets, and keep our feet on the ground. Spiderman 2 was a good film, but if Stanley Kubrick had made it you’d punch him in the face.

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The thing with Scorsese is, the man knows how to use a tune. Be My Baby at the start of Mean Streets? That’s got to be up there in the all time top ten Best Use Of A Pop Song Over Opening Credits list (that’s gonna be a new Oscar category any year now). Thing is… and I know this isn’t going to be popular… he’s kind of lost the plot a bit. He’s like your friend’s Dad who used to hang out with Lou Reed back in the 60s but now thinks that Matchbox 20 are “hip”. It’s like he’s lost his genius filter. The Departed was foul-mouthed fun, I enjoyed it, but come on, be sensible about this, it’s not Taxi Driver.

(A quick aside: I don’t know what Jack Nicholson is these days, but whatever it is it sure doesn’t resemble a human.)

Look, I’m overstating the matter, and this soundtrack album is far from terrible. Actually, it’s not at all bad. There are good tunes on here. Great tunes. And it’s his best film since Goodfellas, I’m in no doubt about that. But it’s hardly the most surprising, exciting or nuanced selection, just like there’s not really anything nuanced about everyone getting shot in the head except Marky Mark. But screw it, maybe you don’t want nuance on a goddamn soundtrack album. There’s The Rolling Stones. The Beach Boys. Okay. A live version of Comfortably Numb featuring Van Morrison. Yeah, alright. Patsy Cline. Why not.

(He gets bonus points for getting Howard Shore, of Oscar winning Lord Of The Rings score fame, to do a couple of songs, but I don’t really want to sit and listen to them, know what I mean?)

It’s pretty good. It’s quite fun. Go ahead and enjoy the film, and the soundtrack, I did, and I probably will again. But keep this in mind: Robert De Niro was in The Adventures of Rocky & Bullwinkle. Think about that as you’re tapping your feet to Let It Loose.

Listen To The Soundtrack

You can buy the soundtrack here
Or the score here

1. Comfortably Numb (Album Version) – Roger Waters feat. Van Morrison & The Band
2. Sail On Sailor (Album Version) – The Beach Boys
3. Let It Loose (Album Version) – The Rolling Stones
4. Sweet Dreams (Album Version) – Roy Buchanan
5. One Way Out (Album Version) – The Allman Brothers Band
6. Baby Blue (Album Version) – Badfinger
7. I’m Shipping Up To Boston (Album Version) – Dropkick Murphys
8. Nobody But Me (Album Version) – The Human Beinz
9. Tweedle Dee (Single/LP Version) – Lavern Baker
10. Sweet Dreams [Of You] (Album Version) – Patsy Cline
11. The Departed Tango [feat. Marc Ribot and Larry Saltzman] (Album Version) – Howard Shore
12. Beacon Hill [Performed By Sharon Isbin] (Album Version) – Howard Shore

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  • Sheridan Passell said
    Sheridan Passell

    There were a number of head scratching character moments in The Departed that you wouldn’t have found in Goodfellas, and it didn’t have the depth of that film either. But at least he won an Oscar for something.

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  • Tyler Lovemark said

    I know I’m in the minority when I say that Gangs of New York is my favorite recent Scorcese movie. By recent I mean tail end of the nineties. I still need to check out Casino and his older stuff. Primarily Raging Bull and Taxi Driver.

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  • Chris Neilan said

    I was glad he finally got the Oscar. Everyone knew it wasn’t really for The Departed, and that’s fine by me. I’m not a fan of Casino – way too much voice-over, way too much montage – but King Of Comedy is a real gem, in fact it may be my favourite Scorsese… he’s so much better doing character pieces as opposed to big sweeping modern epics with huge timelines. Raging Bull vs Gangs of New York. Taxi Driver vs The Aviator. Mean Streets vs Casino. All his best are character pieces.

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  • Sheridan Passell said
    Sheridan Passell

    Gangs Of New York? Casino is great, well worth seeking out. Bringing Out The Dead is unfairly overlooked.

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  • Tyler Lovemark said

    Yeah, I think I’m just a sucker for immigrant movies, and revenge movies, and movies with Brendan Gleeson, Dicaprio, and Day-Lewis. So yeah, I didn’t really have a choice, you see.

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  • Simon Campbell said

    Personally I preferred the score to this movie over the soundtrack. I bought both at the same time and would still now go back and listen to the score, the soundtrack is just a little weak in my opinion.

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