The Spinners

Elizabethtown OST (Various Artists, 2005)

In Edgar Allan Paule, Soundtrack, Summer Albums on April 13, 2010 at 9:02 am

Cameron Crowe always makes the best soundtracks. One might not love all his films, but one will definitely love the soundtracks. Elizabethtown the film is okay in itself, a decent romance flick with a bit of quirk (and very hot lead actors to boot), but Elizabethtown the soundtrack is something else. So much so, in fact, that the last quarter of the film is basically a visualization of the wanderlust that the music stirs. As with Claire’s (Kirsten Dunst) gift of a solitary road trip to Drew (Orlando Bloom), the music dictates the time, pace, and mood of the film. The music is the film.

The opening track, Nancy Wilson’s “60-B,” is the perfect score to going adrift: haunting, pensive, happy on one level but melancholic in the background. Best to begin your journey here, in this limbo of sorts. The rest of the album is a road trip of sound, lyric, and emotion. Helen Stellar’s “IO (This Time Around)” provides a pervasive silence with an underlying beat and an escalating rhythm. Ryan Adams’s “Come Pick Me Up” wails. I’ve had some time to think about you, says Patty Griffin’s plaintive voice, and watch the sun set like a stone. The vocal chorus of “Hard Times” is not only a collective “sigh of the weary” that nags us to pay attention to the poverty surrounding us but also a comforting unison reassuring us that in hard times, we are not alone. Jeff Finlin’s “Sugar Blue” feels like the moment when you approach the bend which brings you home, while Wheat’s “Don’t I Hold You” gives the windy atmosphere of speeding down a deserted highway. Roll down your windows while listening to this song, Claire instructs Drew, “some music needs air”.

I don’t know how to end this review; but then again, Elizabethtown the film ends with a fish. So there.

– Edgar Allan Paule

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