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Let me start off by saying the whole Great Gatsby soundtrack wins (Baz, you're forgiven for postponing the film to work on the music). The more I listen to it, the more I like it, and there are some real gems here that brilliantly capture the essence of the film and its era in a modern way. Be sure not to miss these standout tracks from the film:
1. Jack White "Love Is Blindness"
This song is not only one of the best from the Gatsby soundtrack, but one of my favorite Jack White songs to date. The track is a U2 cover from the album, Achtung Baby (1991). The original, soft and haunting, sounds nothing like White's visceral, feverish interpretation. A perfect musical pairing to Leonardo DiCaprio's hot-blooded Gatsby character.
2. Emeli Sandé & The Bryan Ferry Orchestra "Crazy In Love"
I love Emeli Sande's electro-swing interpretation of this Beyoncé mega-hit. She brilliantly captures the jazz-age spirit and clearly has fun with it. Try to not feel compelled to do the Charleston (or something like it).
3. Land Del Rey "Young And Beautiful (Dh Orchestral Version)"
The orchestra version of "Young And Beautiful" really aids in bringing out the aching emotion in this ballad. Lana plays with the question, "will you still love me when I'm no longer young and beautiful?" Wavering between confidence and concern, this song clearly parallels Carey Mulligan's character, Daisy.
4. Gotye "Hearts A Mess"
"Hearts A Mess" has such a cool, sultry vibe to it. It wasn't written for the soundtrack - it's off the singer's sophomore release, Like Drawing Blood - but the lyrics serve as a perfect motif for Daisy and Gatsby's tumultuous relationship. Gotye's talent and range as an artist shines here, proving there's much more to the singer beyond his "Somebody That I Used To Know" smash.
5. Florence + The Machine "Over The Love"
Florence Welch pens a thrilling song for the Great Gatsby soundtrack that builds with suspense as she sings about "the green light in my eyes", and we all know about the green light. Quite appropriate to have it be the theme on one of the soundtrack's songs.
What are your favorite songs from The Great Gatsby soundtrack? Weigh in, in the comments!