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SONIC DEATH MONKEY Soundtrack Reviews - Forgetting Sarah Marshall

Forget the monkey
by Michael Collins

It's a time to forget - Sarah Marshall that is. And these are the songs to do it.

ďI donít care if this is a blunder!Ē exclaims Cake at the very beginning of this soundtrack. Itís a funky upbeat way to open the soundtrack and grabs the attention of the listener. But itís an opening line thatís asking for trouble. They get away with it - Just.

The following track is a touch more earnest with itís hifi beatlesque feel with Weíve Got To Do Something by Infant Sorrow. This song has that If-this-doesnít-get-us-to-number-one-nothing-will feel to it. Big backing vocals, strings for the chorus, earnest chest thumping proclamations. Itís all trying very hard indeed. The band later come back and do pretty much the very same thing.

The following track couldnít be more different, but what do you expect from The Pixiesí mouthpiece Black Francis? This song also has backing vocals, but these ones are very different with a group of too-cool-to-sing-on-key girls. Awesome! Francis provides a raw as a sore lo fi punk juggernaut.[br]

Equally punk and lo fi, but at an entirely different level is Belle and Sebastian with Get Me Away from Here, Iím Dying. Good advice. While acknowledging their brilliance, at times Belle and Sebastian really get on my nerves and this is one of those times.

Is it standard practice for all big studio movie soundtracks to have reggae tracks? The previous soundtrack reviewed by SDM had some, but that fitted into the setting of the film. Here the contribution from Aloha Sex Juice (!) seems a rather token effort - despite the setting of the film. Yet to avert my fears a little, Desmond Decker later turns up with Intensified which is a typically great affair from the ska legend.

Another standard practice of the big studio movie soundtrack is the cover version. Thereís a few here and they are quite a surprise. The Coconutz prove they are as nutty as the spelling of their name with versions of Nothing Compares 2 U, Everybody Hurts and These Boots Are Made For Walking. Strangely it all works. And did I say they are sung in Hawaiian?

Jason Segelís appearance is as odd as it is brief. Um, that means that at 1:25 the song is pretty brief and also a little odd. It felt like we had accidentally changed albums and were listening to some sort of dodgy musical. Since Segelís in the film, I guess that's what it is precisely.

The Bird and The Bee give us the best title of a song from a soundtrack Iíve seen in years: Fucking Boyfriend. That is a fantastic song name. Itís also a rather late entrant of a modern pop song being placed in the album.

And thereís a couple of more oddities to round off the album. I wasnít at all expecting this. I was expecting a by-the-numbers kinda soundtrack with maybe a few tracks that would gain my attention, but it proved surprising. Not necessarily surprisingly good, but surprising nevertheless. Kudos for breaking the mould.

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