This is a pretty well put togther soundtrack by Mark Mothersbaugh who has carved a nice little niche in cult movies like ‘Rushmore” and “The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou”. While Mothersbaugh may be best remembered as the lead singer for the New Wave band,DEVO…much like Danny Elfman ahead of him,Mark has turned to making music for TV and movies,winning a Emmy in the process.
But composing a score is vastly different from doing a soundtrack and while I tend to favor scores much more,a good well thought soundtrack of GOOD original music can also drive a film along.
This is a nice blend of well known names (The Jam),solid underground (Billy Bragg),some fellow New Wave acts (The English Beat) and the best part…3 new tracks contributed by Mark himself. Its a nice little mixing bowl for old and new fans alike.
As for the movie…it has Anna Faris in it and based on that alone,I recommend seeing this highly.
By Michael Sullivan