Garden State

Garden State

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As natives know, New Jersey is nearly synonymous with ennui. Fittingly for this film about arrested development and the anodyne comforts of returning home, the soundtrack to Garden State features a raft of easy listening for the late-20s set. As Wes Anderson's done with Rushmore and The Royal Tennenbaums, Zach Braff, star of NBC's Scrubs,

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As natives know, New Jersey is nearly synonymous with ennui. Fittingly for this film about arrested development and the anodyne comforts of returning home, the soundtrack to Garden State features a raft of easy listening for the late-20s set. As Wes Anderson's done with Rushmore and The Royal Tennenbaums, Zach Braff, star of NBC's Scrubs, puts a personal stamp on the music that powers his debut feature. With a wide range of sources that foster a single-minded mood, Garden State, like the best of soundtracks, plays more like a mix-tape from a music-obsessed friend. The confessional songs, close-miked guitars, and retro keys encourage attentive, contemplative listening, and each theme seems to add to Braff's story. Unlike Anderson, Braff's no rock archeologist. Simon & Garfunkel and Nick Drake are as old-school as he gets; like most Garden State guys, he draws inspiration from the likes of Coldplay and the Shins ("Don't Panic" opened Parachutes so well that Braff uses it to open his soundtrack, too). The jangle-and-plaint alternates with more moody grooves: Zero 7, the British Air analogue, provide tunefully mellow soul-tronica, while Thievery Corporation contribute sitar-inflected hip-hop. Indie songwriter Sam Beam, a.k.a. Iron and Wine, can be counted on for an intimate, breathy acoustic number such as "Such Great Heights," the perfect foil for the anesthetized character Braff plays in the film. Sensitive, searching filmgoers will likewise find that Garden State fits them to a tee.

Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Heather Phares
The soundtrack to Zach Braff's Garden State is nearly as much of a piece with the film as the similarly sweet, quirky combinations of sound and vision in Wes Anderson's films and soundtracks. Garden State, however, is more modern in its outlook and more emotionally direct, with a mixtape earnestness belied by using not one but two songs from the Shins' Oh, Inverted World. "New Slang" is an obvious choice, as the song just seems to grow in stature as time passes, but "Caring Is Creepy," Oh, Inverted World's vulnerable, ever-so-slightly unhinged opening track, is not, and adds to the personal, diary-like feel of the album. The bright poignancy of the Shins' tracks stands out even more among the low-key melancholy of songs like Coldplay's "Don't Panic," Remy Zero's "Fair," and Colin Hay's "I Just Don't Think I'll Ever Get Over You." The inclusion of Hay's track, Bonnie Somerville's "Winding Road," and the Cary Brothers' "Blue Eyes" shows that Garden State doesn't go for the hipster, too-cool-for-school poses that one might expect from the soundtrack of a hot indie movie, even with the inclusion of Iron & Wine's cover of the Postal Service's "Such Great Heights." Still, there's something of a collegiate feel to the soundtrack, especially with the re-rediscovery of Nick Drake ("One of These Things First") and Simon & Garfunkel ("The Only Living Boy in New York") as well as the tentative forays into electronica and trip-hop like Zero 7's "In the Waiting Line," Frou Frou's "Let Go," and Thievery Corporation's "Lebanese Blonde." Perhaps this collegiate feel comes from the fact that those years are often the time when many people are the most ready and willing to explore music that is new to them (but not necessarily new), but, as the success of Garden State's soundtrack shows, any time can be the right time.

Product Details

Release Date:
08/10/2004
Label:
Sony
UPC:
0827969284322
catalogNumber:
92843
Rank:
41708

Related Subjects

Tracks

  1. Don't Panic@@Coldplay
  2. Caring Is Creepy@@The Shins
  3. In The Waiting Line - Zero 7
  4. New Slang@@The Shins
  5. I Just Don't Think I'll Ever Get Over You@@Colin Hay
  6. Blue Eyes@@Cary Brothers
  7. Fair@@Remy Zero
  8. One Of These Things First@@Nick Drake
  9. Lebanese Blonde@@Thievery Corporation
  10. The Only Living Boy In New York@@Simon & Garfunkel
  11. Such Great Heights@@Iron and Wine
  12. Let Go@@Frou Frou
  13. Winding Road@@Bonnie Somerville

Album Credits

Technical Credits

Nick Drake   Composer
Art Garfunkel   Producer
Paul Simon   Composer,Producer
Sophie Barker   Composer
David Bottrill   Producer
Joe Boyd   Producer
Dave Dale   Producer
Roy Halee   Producer
Colin Hay   Composer,Producer
Eric Hilton   Composer,Producer
Ken Nelson   Producer
Guy Sigsworth   Composer,Producer
Henry Binns   Composer
Sam Hardaker   Composer
Remy Zero   Producer
Chad Fischer   Producer
Hooshik Bayliss   Art Direction
August Cinjun Tate   Composer
Imogen Heap   Composer,Producer
Rob Garza   Composer,Producer
Bonnie Somerville   Composer
Shins   Producer
Coldplay   Producer
Chris Martin   Composer
Will Champion   Composer
Guy Berryman   Composer
Jonny Buckland   Composer
Ben Gibbard   Composer
Zero 7   Producer
James Mercer   Composer,Producer
Sam Beam   Producer
Jimmy Tamborello   Composer
Shelby Tate   Composer
Zach Braff   Executive Soundtrack Producer
Cary Brothers   Composer

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Garden State 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 26 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This album is hot. Such an impressive collection of songs has not been heard since the release of the Sister Act 2 soundtrack. Kudos to you Mr. Braff and your hand-picked selections.
Guest More than 1 year ago
this soundtrack....wow. it doesnt get ANY better than this. this is the best mix of songs ever compiled in my opinion. and the movie is just rediculously amazing. each song was without question the most perfect song for each moment in the movie. a spectacular movie, complimented by a spectacular soundtrack...its simply a combination of ingenius that surpasses my understanding.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This movie is amazing, so how could the soundtrack be anything but. Zach Braff has great talent in selecting tracks that perfectly complement his movie that he wrote, directed and starred in, but likewise the soundrack doesn't overpower the movie. The only thing I didn't care for was the cover of the Postal Service's "Such Great Heights." Maybe it was just my opinion, but I greatly prefer the orginal version, and not the one done on the soundtrack. Other than that, I loved it and can't stop listening to it, especially songs #3 and 12!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Can't stop listening to it! Don't think I'll get sick of it either. Excellent, thoughtful selections for an equally compelling film.
Guest More than 1 year ago
"Garden State" was a pretty good movie and has a very good soundtrack. The Shins, Zero 7, and Frou Frou are among my favorites of this soundtrack that capture the mood of the movie perfectly. Some of the songs inb the middle are good but not great. However, this is one of the best c.d's to come around in a while and I never buy c.d's. Be sure to check this one out or pick up a copy. It's really good!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I loved Garden State but the soundtrack was icing on the cake. Iron and Wine is one of my favorites; the reversion of the Postal Services' "Such Great Heights" was amazing. I would have hand picked each one of these songs for a favorite mixed cd myself.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is one of the greatest CD's I have heard in a long time. You can just hit play and go straight down the CD and not get bored (which is pretty much the case with a lot of other CD's). I couldnt recommend this CD enough.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This soundtrack is, without a doubt, the BEST soundtrack from a movie I have ever heard. Every song touches you in a different way and will change you.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is an absoulutely amazing soundtrack! Most soundtracks have that one song that you always skip because it just rubs you the wrong way, but not this one. Zach Braff did a wonderful job of selecting music to match the wonderful movie he wrote, directed and starred in. Hats off to Zach Braff and The Garden State Soundtrack (as well as the film).
Guest More than 1 year ago
If you love inde films, this soundtrack is an emotional rollercoaster, that you will love and hear over and over. The cluster of artists is outstanding and this cd is permanant cd inside my car;furthermore this cd is the perfect compliment to a sunday drive.
Guest More than 1 year ago
From my short, inexperienced thirteen years of life and listening to music, I have to say that this soundtrack has by far been the best. First encountered Garden State on a friend's sister's stereo, and they changed my whole music taste. I don't know, but something about the mix, especially songs by Coldplay, The Shins, and Iron & Wine, I just can't get enough of. I've listened to these songs enough times to forget the lyrics and possible "deep" meanings, and just lay on my back and take it all in. When my CD changer reaches this CD, I know I get this huge grin on my face that my eight-year-old sister gets a little freaked out by. Well. Enough said, I suppose. But listening to this, it will change your life.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Moody and melancholy, this is a great compilation of songs. It's a great mix of old songs from artists like Simon & Garfunkel to new stuff like Zero 7.
Guest More than 1 year ago
you havent lived until you've seen Garden State, and you wont believe your ears when you listen to the soundtrack. its amazing. the best cd in anyone and everyones cd racks all over the world
Guest More than 1 year ago
I never found a movie soundtrack to ever be appealing. But I didn't treat this like a soundtrack, but rather, a collage of just good songs that don't fall into the pitfalls of other CD's - there is tremendous variety in the expression (although you'll really appreciate it if you're into folkish alternative). The writing itself is wonderful - the harmony shifts and melodies are spectacular but never over the edge. It's solid. And the best part is that you don't get 'fillers' that are necessary to complete a CD, since it is a mix of artists at their very best. If you love all things alternative or indie, you'll take in this great soundtrack.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This cd is amazing!!!!! The blend of acoustic sounds unbelievably beautiful. I particularly love tracks 1(Don't Panic by Coldplay), 2(Caring is Creepy by the Shins), 4 (New Slang by the Shins), 5 (I don't think I'll ever get over you by Colin Hay), and 10 (Only living boy in New York by Simon and Garfunkel). If you loved the movie (who didn't?), and even if you never saw it (I had never seen it when I got the soundtrack)you will still love this flawless blend of songs.
Guest More than 1 year ago
If you haven't experienced the sounds from the Garden Sate soundtrack, then you have yet to live. Zach's movie Garden Sate is absolutely beautiful, breath taking, and funny too. Natalie Portman was amazing and Zach Braff did excellent as writer, director, and staring role in his first film Garden State. You need to immediately see this movie; it will change your life. The soundtrack is just as amazing as the movie. Coldplay and The Shins are one of my new favorite bands. "Such Great Heights," "Don't Panic," "New Slang," Caring Is Creepy," and "Let Go" are my favorite songs, in fact, I love the whole album. Buy this album, and be amazed. F.O.G.S
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