He’s Just Not That Into You: Official Motion Picture Soundtrack
The soundtrack to the new film, He’s Just Not That Into You, is a really great piece of work. Honestly. There are no rock-and-roll/get-up-and-go loud tracks, but it’s such a smooth, ear-pleasing collection of songs that it’s a must-have.
It starts out with the jazzy sounds of Corinne Bailey Rae on “I’d Like To”, and slowly segues into the best song off My Morning Jacket’s recent album – “I’m Amazed.” These two songs set the general mellow but happy tone for the rest of the soundtrack.
One of the few flashbacks to the ’80s comes in next with The Human League’s “Don’t You Want Me,” which everyone is sure to sing along to and which obviously goes well with the He’s Just Not That Into You theme of the movie. At the end of the record, The Cure comes in with more ’80s vibe on the classic, “Friday I’m In Love”.
R.E.M. picks up the pace next with “Supernatural Superserious.” This stylish tune is the loudest the album gets at any point.
The songs “Madly” by Tristan Prettyman, “By Your Side” by The Black Crowes, “By Your Side” by Wilco and “Can’t Hardly Wait” by The Replacements, are the best on the album, filled with love and longing sung to catchy melodies.
While it’s even possible to deal with The (incredibly annoying) Ting Tings’ song, “Fruit Machine” on here, the line should be drawn at Lily Allen’s “Smile.” And, in fact, it would be wise to just stop the CD altogether before it gets to the last song – Scarlet Johannson’s cover version of Jeff Buckley’s “Last Goodbye” – whoever gave her license to sing should not have done so and the youngster should stick to movies.
Aside from those two blips on the radar, this is still a really lovely soundtrack that will please the same female audience as the film for hours on end.