Garden State

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Barnes & Noble - Mark Schwartz
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, ...
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Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Mark Schwartz
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.
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.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 8/10/2004
  • Label: Sony
  • UPC: 827969284322
  • Catalog Number: 92843
  • Sales rank: 2,576

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Don't Panic@@Coldplay
  2. 2 Caring Is Creepy@@The Shins
  3. 3 In The Waiting Line - Zero 7
  4. 4 New Slang@@The Shins
  5. 5 I Just Don't Think I'll Ever Get Over You@@Colin Hay
  6. 6 Blue Eyes@@Cary Brothers
  7. 7 Fair@@Remy Zero
  8. 8 One Of These Things First@@Nick Drake
  9. 9 Lebanese Blonde@@Thievery Corporation
  10. 10 The Only Living Boy In New York@@Simon & Garfunkel
  11. 11 Such Great Heights@@Iron and Wine
  12. 12 Let Go@@Frou Frou
  13. 13 Winding Road@@Bonnie Somerville
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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
David Donnelly Mastering
Hooshik Bayliss Art Direction
August Cinjun Tate Composer
Imogen Heap Composer, Producer
Rob Garza Composer, Producer
Bonnie Somerville Composer
The Shins Producer
Coldplay Producer
Chris Martin Composer
Will Champion Composer
Guy Berryman Composer
Jon 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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Customer Reviews

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    BEAUTIFUL!!!!

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    unfrickenbelievable

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Incredible

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Live It

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Very moving, it WILL change you

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    *AMAZING MOVIE AND SOUNDTRACK*

    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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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Excellent Album

    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!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Great compilation

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    the best mix ev....ahhhhhhh

    Can't stop listening to it! Don't think I'll get sick of it either. Excellent, thoughtful selections for an equally compelling film.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    you havent lived

    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

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Amazing...Simply Amazing...

    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).

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    The Soundtrak Made the Film

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Soundtrack to die for

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    A Compilation of the Best In any Category!

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    very good soundtrack

    "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!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    WHY GIVE IT 5 STARS WHEN IT DESERVES 6

    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.

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