Garden State: Music from the Motion Picture
What parents need to know
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that the soundtrack to Zach Braff's film Garden State features mostly indie folk/rock songs with a quietly earnest, searching tone. With songs from popular rock groups like the Shins and Coldplay, as well as alt-folk from Iron and Wine, electropop from Frou Frou and more, the soundtrack went to No. 1 on Billboard's Soundtracks chart in 2004. This album may lead younger listeners -- Shins fans, for example -- to discover older artists who are represented as well: Simon and Garfunkel or Nick Drake. This music contains a couple of mentions of kissing, a few references to drinking (including one "whiskey"), but in general the lyrical subject matter is much more poetically vague and much tamer than the behavior exhibited by adults in the film.
What's the story?
The soundtrack to Zach Braff's popular film Garden State features mostly indie folk/rock songs with a quietly earnest, searching tone. The soundtrack includes alt-rock groups such as The Shins and Coldplay, as well as alt-folkies Iron and Wine, electropop duo Frou Frou and more. GARDEN STATE: MUSIC FROM THE MOTION PICTURE went to No. 1 on Billboard's Soundtracks chart in 2004 and won the Grammy for Best Soundtrack Album in 2005. In a way, the album highlights the similarity between the newer bands and more established artists; this album may help younger listeners appreciate Simon and Garfunkel or Nick Drake, who are also represented.
Is it any good?
For fans of indie folk-rock, the Garden State soundtrack is delightful, and it stands on its own, apart from the film. This beloved collection has a consistently lush sound and an introspective tone, and makes good use of popular music to further the popularity and mood of Zach Braff's movie. The inclusion of a bit of electropop from Frou Frou ("Let Go") and Colin Hay's more raw guitar-and-voice track ("I Just Don't Think I'll Ever Get Over You") adds just enough edge to shake things up a bit.
Families can talk about...
Families can talk about how the Garden State soundtrack music reflects the mood of characters in the film. Also, how do these songs affect or reflect your mood?
Do you like it when films use popular music in the soundtrack? Do you like it better when a film includes music from your favorite bands?
Coldplay's "Don't Panic" has a somewhat morbid tone with the lines about "bones sinking like stones." What do you think this song means?