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|Elliott Smith, Gerry Rafferty, Al Green|
Good Will Hunting: Music From The Miramax Motion Picture
Genres: Alternative Rock, Folk, Pop, Soundtracks
Movie soundtracks are chancy in that the music is often geared to specific parts of the film that are meant to evoke concurrent emotions; many don't hold up apart from their cinematic context. The trend of the past few yea... more »
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Movie soundtracks are chancy in that the music is often geared to specific parts of the film that are meant to evoke concurrent emotions; many don't hold up apart from their cinematic context. The trend of the past few years has been to gratuitously traipse down memory lane, with the convenient stance that a hit parade of '70s funk will lend an otherwise bloodless film some street cred. Thankfully the soundtrack to Good Will Hunting doesn't strive for fake urban cool; this film about white, working-class Bostonians gets a mostly white, working-class sound. The soundtrack effectively mirrors the half-filled desires and lives that the film capitalizes on: restlessness, ennui, doubt, and unrequited love rule here. Elliot Smith contributes the most, and the best, songs, beautiful weepers that outshine Danny Elfman's somber original score, which makes only a few appearances. --Alan E. Rapp
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Mark R. from LONGMEADOW, MA
Reviewed on 10/29/2006...
Haunting music by the late Elliot Smith. Good for rainy days.
Great movie, greater soundtrack
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Before I saw Good Will Hunting I had never even heard of Elliott Smith, but once I saw the movie I had to have the CD. While Danny Elfman's compositions and the other songs (especially Luscious Jackson's catchy "Why Do I Lie") are wonderful, Smith's music is what makes this CD - it's worth buying for "Miss Misery" alone. In an age where most soundtracks include predominantly glossy pop tunes, cheaply sentimental love songs, and unnerving punk rock, the Good Will Hunting soundtrack contains simple, sincere music that's a refreshing change from other movie/TV soundtracks."
Brian Murphy | Austin, TX United States | 06/07/2006
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Quick note: for those of you perpetually searching for the perfect song, "Miss Misery" is one of them. Flawless in a way that very precious few songs are. Compares favorably to the best songs ever, in my opinion, including any Beatles classics. If you appreciate real songwriting and you haven't heard this tune, there's a void in your experience of perfection."