CD Greenberg [Original Soundtrack] * (CD 6300472),
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Greenberg [Original Soundtrack] *

  • 1. Jet Airliner
    2. People
    3. Suburbia
    4. Sleepy Baby
    5. Thumbs
    6. It Never Rains in Southern California
    7. Plenty of Time
    8. Photographs
    9. Gente
    10. Strange
    11. Oh You (Christmas Blues)
    12. Birthday Song
    13. Dear You
    14. Shot Down
    15. Chauffeur, The
    16. If You Need a Friend
    17. Please Don't Follow Me
    18. Photographs [Piano]
  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 28316

  • Credits

    Composer: James Murphy .
    Photographer: Wilson Webb.
    Director Noah Baumbach's film Greenberg follows an angsty, displaced New Yorker in Los Angeles looking for love, which is the perfect subject matter for maverick LCD Soundsystem frontman James Murphy to wrestle to the ground. Given that Greenberg is peppered with tracks from the likes of Steve Miller ("Jet Airliner"), Albert Hammond ("It Never Rains in Southern California"), Galaxie 500 ("Strange"), Duran Duran ("The Chauffer"), Sonics ("Shot Down"), and Nite Jewel ("Suburbia"), Greenberg shares more than a few things in common with fellow indie director Wes Anderson in his soundtrack choices. LCD fans looking for high-energy indie dance-rock will be disappointed, as Murphy has crafted a somber and reflective collection of oddball instrumentals, songs, and song snippets that retain their quirkiness without ever succumbing to preciousness. From the neo-blue-eyed soul of "People" and LCD's "Oh You (Christmas Blues)" to soulful acoustic numbers like "Plenty of Time," with its Pet Sounds-inspired bassline and ghostly backing vocals, and the emotional centerpiece "Photographs," which sounds like a long-lost Ray Davies outtake from Something Else by the Kinks, he's given audiences his most mature work to date. ~ James Christopher Monger

  • Critic Reviews
    Entertainment Weekly (p.71) - "12 songs of reflective, almost folky timbre, expanding into dreamy, wordless soundcapes and endearingly rickety rockers..." -- Grade: B+
    Mojo (Publisher) (p.92) - 4 stars out of 5 -- "Singing with an endearingly soft Elliott Smith croon Murphy conjures up an intimate mood of warmth and kindness here."
    Uncut (magazine) (p.108) - 3 stars out of 5 -- "[T]his album should have a life beyond the film. 'Sleepy Baby' and 'Birthday Song' are fleshed-out sketches, pretty and unvarnished..."
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