Nick & Norah's Infinite Playlist Soundtrack

Common Sense Media says

Eclectic alt-indie rock will be a hit with teens.

Age(i)

2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
11
12
13
14
15
16
17

Quality(i)

 

What parents need to know

Positive messages

Song themes include young love, teen angst, and other typical young adult topics.

Violence

"Electro-Socket Blues" includes the lyrics: "We should bleed out my heart/cutting open my heart/I could kill myself/would that make your life better?"

Sex

References include clearly sexual lyrics (from "Lover") like "I wanna open your door/and love you 'til you're sore," "climb right on me/lay it on me," "I'm pullin' out my wand," and (from "Negative") "let's make some porno/no I ain't your ho," "my girlfriend's kinky," and "gettin' busy on the rug."

Language

"Ass" is used once.

Consumerism

Just the obvious movie tie-in.

Drinking, drugs, & smoking

Some songs talk about going out, drinking, and drugs (only mild references to the latter). For example, "After Hours includes the lyrics "we're finally drunk enough," "one final round," and "I'll give you my sweet grass."

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this soundtrack is probably going to be as popular with teens as those for indie hits like Juno, Almost Famous, and Garden State. Songs tackle typical teen angst-filled topics like unrequited love and Big Brother. There are some clearly sexual lyrics, as well as quirky references to misplaced sex pictures and mentions of drinking and going out. And the song "Electro-Socket Blues" talks about suicide, but in a sarcastic way -- if that's at all comforting. A deluxe version includes three additional tracks.

Parents say

Kids say

What's the story?

NICK AND NORAH'S INFINITE PLAYLIST SOUNDTRACK features tracks from various indie rock artists, including Vampire Weekend, Band of Horses, We Are Scientists, Bishop Allen, and Devendra Banhart. Other featured musicians include Richard Hawley, The Real Tuesday Weld, and the late Chris Bell -- plus, there's a previously unreleased track from newbie L.A.-based band Army Navy and a piece from the film's score, performed by Mark Mothersbaugh (Devo, Royal Tenenbaums, Yo Gabba Gabba!).

Is it any good?

QUALITY
 

If you loved the soundtracks to Garden State and Juno, chances are you'll fall hard for this one, too. It's chock full of eclectic, indie tracks that -- with their mix of easy synthesizing, mesmerizing vocals, and addictive hooks -- will please even elitist musical aficionados.

Chris Bell's "Speed of Sound" is both depressing and beautiful, "Lover" is a fun, funky track about sex, and "Negative" will have you laughing, dancing, and scratching your head. Overall, the album provides quite a mix of different sounds to offer listeners not only a great ride of emotions, but also inspiration for new dance moves. The songs are both introspective and enchanting and will keep you listening over and over.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about why some movies prefer to use smaller, less known indie rock bands on their soundtracks. Is it all about being cool and in the know, or do you think finances come into play (licensing music from smaller bands is usually much more affordable)? Does having less mainstream music make a movie more intriguing? Would you be more or less inclined to see a movie if the soundtrack boasted big-name musicians?

Music details

Artist:Various Artists
Release date:September 23, 2008
Label:Atlantic
Genre:Soundtrack
Parental advisory:No
Edited version available:No

This review of Nick & Norah's Infinite Playlist Soundtrack was written by

Common Sense Media's unbiased ratings are conducted by expert reviewers and aren't influenced by the product's creators or by any of our funders, affiliates, or partners.

About our rating system

  • ON: Content is age-appropriate for kids this age.
  • PAUSE: Know your child; some content may not be right for some kids.
  • OFF: Not age-appropriate for kids this age.
  • NOT FOR KIDS: Not appropriate for kids of any age.

Find out more

Quality

Our star rating assesses the media's overall quality.

Find out more

Learning ratings

  • Best: Really engaging; great learning approach.
  • Very Good: Engaging; good learning approach.
  • Good: Pretty engaging; good learning approach.
  • Fair: Somewhat engaging; OK learning approach.
  • Not for Learning: Not recommended for learning.
  • Not for Kids: Not age-appropriate for kids; not recommended for learning.

Find out more

About our buy links

When you use our links to make a purchase, Common Sense Media earns a small affiliate fee from Amazon or iTunes. As a nonprofit organization, these funds help us continue providing independent, ad-free services for educators, families, and kids while the price you pay remains the same. Thank you for your support.
Read more

See more about how we rate and review.

What parents and kids say

See all user reviews

Share your thoughts with other parents and kids Write a user review

A safe community is important to us. Please observe our guidelines

Parent of a 6 year old Written bymadsmooney1214 September 22, 2012
AGE
16
QUALITY
 

nick norahs infinite playlist soundtrack

Families can talk about why some movies prefer to use smaller, less known indie rock bands on their soundtracks. Is it all about being cool and in the know, or do you think finances come into play (licensing music from smaller bands is usually much more affordable)? Does having less mainstream music make a movie more intriguing? Would you be more or less inclined to see a movie if the soundtrack boasted big-name musicians?
What other families should know
Great messages
Great role models
Too much violence
Too much sex
Too much swearing
Too much consumerism
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking
Teen, 13 years old Written byeragon97 March 26, 2010
AGE
9
QUALITY
 
Teen, 16 years old Written bymilaca May 16, 2009
AGE
2
QUALITY
 

Poll

Did our review help you make an informed decision about this product?

Digital Compass