Stranger Than Fiction
A few weeks ago, I got an e-mail asking me to post about the soundtrack to the current Will Ferrell/Maggie Gyllenhaal/Dustin Hoffman/Emma Thompson release Stranger Than Fiction. It included a link to some streaming songs and an impressive list of artists participating in the project. I checked out the new Spoon song on the soundtrack ("The Book I Write") but wasn't sufficiently impressed to feel it really justified a post. That, and I don't really link to streams if I can avoid it. Thus, it slipped my mind rather quickly.
So what? Well, this week I saw the film itself. I enjoyed it a great deal (not unlike Heather, it seems), and one thing that really caught my attention was the terrific soundtrack. It occurs to me that I don't really know where to look online for units sold of particular albums, but this release deserves the sort of attention given to soundtracks to Garden State, Thumbsucker, or Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind.
The Stranger Than Fiction OST is anchored by contributions from Spoon and Britt Daniel, who collaborated with Brian Reitzell (ex-Redd Kross) on the soundtrack's production. Other artists on the release include Califone, Wreckless Eric, Maximo Park, M83, The Jam, Delta 5, Vangelis, and The Upsetters. Wreckless Eric's "Whole Wide World" plays a particularly pivotal role in the film, but I'll try to keep this spoiler-free. Here are a few tracks from the soundtrack, which I really do recommend picking up.
Wreckless Eric - Whole Wide World
The Jam - That's Entertainment
On a related note, I learned yesterday that Wreckless Eric was in Atlanta just about two weeks ago. Argh.
Any other good soundtracks come out lately?