This Is 40 [Original Motion Picture Soundtrack]

This Is 40 [Original Motion Picture Soundtrack]

     
 
It may be a little glib to call This Is 40 Judd Apatow's stab at a Cameron Crowe soundtrack, but there's some truth to that. His lead character as portrayed by Paul Rudd is a music manager who somehow wants to push a comeback by Graham Parker -- a move that's a little odd, as if Rudd was truly 40 in 2012, his high school Graham

Overview

It may be a little glib to call This Is 40 Judd Apatow's stab at a Cameron Crowe soundtrack, but there's some truth to that. His lead character as portrayed by Paul Rudd is a music manager who somehow wants to push a comeback by Graham Parker -- a move that's a little odd, as if Rudd was truly 40 in 2012, his high school Graham Parker album would have been The Mona Lisa's Sister, making him a guaranteed outcast in 1988 -- but it isn't just that Apatow's lead is music-obsessed, it's that his newly commissioned music speaks to the themes of his film. Lindsey Buckingham, Norah Jones, Fiona Apple, Loudon Wainwright III, and, yes, Parker himself, contribute new songs to the soundtrack, all based on the film's theme of reconciling immaturity with middle-age. All the sounds and themes interlock, with some artists tackling adulthood directly (Buckingham's "Sick of You") and others having a bit of a laugh (Jones' tongue-in-cheek "Always Judging"). A few of these songs have been heard before -- Paul McCartney's instrumental oddity "Lunchbox/Oddsox," Paul Simon's perceptive "Rewrite," Wilco's "I Got You (At the End of the Century)" -- but they fit in with the newer tunes here. And the artists don't toss off their contributions, either: Buckingham's three songs are all very good, with Jones acting as an effective Stevie Nicks foil on "Brother & Sister," Fiona Apple's "Dull Tool" wonderfully mimics the carnivalesque cavalcade of Extraordinary Machine, and Graham Parker & the Rumour's "Watch the Moon Come Down" nearly bests anything on their very fine 2012 reunion Three Chords Good. There's little question that This Is 40 is lifestyle music, music made for and by upwardly mobile indie refugees, but it's funny, perceptive, and moving, the best of its breed.

Product Details

Release Date:
12/11/2012
Label:
Capitol
UPC:
5099972125922
catalogNumber:
21259
Rank:
18696

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Lindsey Buckingham   Guitar,Background Vocals
Ian McLagan   Keyboards
Cindy Cashdollar   Pedal Steel Guitar
Suzie Katayama   Cello
Fiona Apple   Piano,Vocals
Chris Thile   Mandolin
Chris Stills   Guitar,Background Vocals
Gabe Witcher   Fiddle
Ryan Adams   Guitar,Vocals
Norah Jones   Piano,Vocals,Background Vocals
Noam Pikelny   Banjo
Chris Eldridge   Guitar
Gus Seyffert   Bass
Paul Kowert   Bass
Marshall Vore   Drums
Matt Chamberlin   Percussion

Technical Credits

Loudon Wainwright   Composer
Lindsey Buckingham   Composer
Paul McCartney   Composer
Graham Parker   Composer
Paul Simon   Composer
Yoko Ono   Composer
Jon Brion   Composer,Producer,Instrumentation,Additional Production
Linda McCartney   Composer
Jeff Tweedy   Composer,Producer
Fiona Apple   Composer
Judd Apatow   Producer
Eric Cadieux   Engineer
Ryan Adams   Composer
Scott Peets   Engineer
Norah Jones   Composer
Avett Brothers   Composer
Greg Koller   Engineer
Jonathan Karp   Producer
Philip Cohen   Producer
Randall Leddy   Art Direction

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