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Genre: Soundtrack / Artist: Various Artists / Soundtrack / Audio CD released 2008-01-28 at Warner

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      16.08.2011 22:55
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      If you loved the film Juno you will love the soundtrack.

      When I watched the film Juno one of the things I loved most about it was the soundtrack. The songs included were the perfect compliment to the story. The sound track and the songs included are as quirky and innocent as the film.

      The songs of Kimya Dawson are the main influence throughout the album and she features as both a solo artist and with her bands Antsy Pants and The Mouldy Peaches. Juno director Jason Reitman asked Ellen Page (Juno) what kind of music Juno would listen and she introduced him to The Mouldy Peaches. The soundtrack is Junos personality set to music.

      This is a wonderful soundtrack. The whole CD s contains mostly folky lo-fi songs played out on acoustic guitars and harmonicas. The whole album has a very intimate quality about it. The majority of songs are completely "underproduced" and very raw so you feel very connected with the songs and are not distanced by distracting production values. The songs on this soundtrack are so catchy that you will find yourself humming them for days - it is a brilliant sing along album. This is also a great CD for kids as the songs are really simple many sounding like nursery rhymes.

      I love the whole CD but my favourite songs are:

      "Anyone Else But You"
      If you have seen the film you will recognise this as the song that the lead characters sing to each other at the end of the movie - the CD itself has the Ellen Page and Michael Cera recording as the final song. It seems to be the song and style that the album is built around. There is something very cute about this song and the tune is unbelievably catchy. It is very innocent with quirky lyrics - I would love to be "kissed on the brain in the shadow of a train"

      "So Nice So Smart" - Kimya Dawson
      This song has a lovely melody and perfectly describes the heart ache of unrequited love from the perspective of the one who is the subject of the unrequited love. It has a very naive and sad quality about it.

      "Tree Hugger"
      There is something special about hearing childrens voices on record and this is perfect for this nursery rhyme type song with quirky lyrics. This is a lovely song about accepting yourself and though everyone thinks it would be great to be something other than their self you are fine as you. The rattle snake wants to have arms so it can hug the cactus but the cactus says the rattle snake should just hug his flower with his eyes because he has spiky skin - beautiful!

      "Vampire"
      When I fist heard this song I found the incessant " I am a vampire, I am a vampire" repetition really annoying, however after a few listens it grew on me. The lyrics tell a brilliant story of the frustration of the young Vampire who has lost his fangs is absolutely brilliant.

      I would describe this as a very sunny uplifting album - listening to it just makes me smile.

      Track listing

      Barry Louis Polisar - "All I Want Is You" (2:37)
      Kimya Dawson - "My Rollercoaster" (3:59)
      The Kinks - "A Well Respected Man" (2:41)
      Buddy Holly - "(Ummm, Oh Yeah) Dearest" (1:53)
      Mateo Messina - "Up the Spout" (0:53)
      Kimya Dawson - "Tire Swing" (3:07)
      Belle & Sebastian - "Piazza, New York Catcher" (3:01)
      Kimya Dawson - "Loose Lips" (2:24)
      Sonic Youth - "Superstar" (4:06)
      Kimya Dawson - "Sleep" (0:52)
      Belle & Sebastian - "Expectations" (3:35)
      Mott the Hoople - "All the Young Dudes" (3:35)
      Kimya Dawson - "So Nice So Smart" (2:47)
      Cat Power - "Sea of Love" (2:20)
      Kimya Dawson and Antsy Pants - "Tree Hugger" (3:14)
      The Velvet Underground - "I'm Sticking with You" (2:29)
      The Moldy Peaches - "Anyone Else but You" (2:58)
      Antsy Pants - "Vampire" (1:20)
      Michael Cera and Ellen Page - "Anyone Else but You" (1:56)

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        15.10.2009 22:34
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        Highly recommended for Juno fans

        JUNO - THE SOUNDTRACK
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        If you have not seen the film, then this soundtrack might seem very boring, strange or old-fashioned. However, watch the film once and the music becomes incredibly cool, and you start humming it at the most random times. I last watched the film 18 months ago, yet I found myself walking around Disney's Wilderness Lodge humming Juno songs. It actually took me quite a while to realise what I was doing! So there you have it, once you're hooked, you will be humming the Juno soundtrack all the time, and that's exactly what makes it such a great album.

        There are 19 songs on the album by various artists, including Ellen Page who plays Juno. It is not "chart music", most songs are quite acoustic, with only a guitar or harmonica to accompany them. I find it quite easy to listen to in the background, some of it reminds me of Beatles music. I think it was quite a brave move to release the soundtrack, but everyone who has seen Juno seems to agree that it's a great collection of songs, regardless of the kind of music they usually listen to.

        THE RUNNING ORDER
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        1 All I Want Is You by Barry Louis Polisar
        2 My Rollercoaster (Juno Film Version) by Kimya Dawson
        3 A Well Respected Man by The Kinks
        4 Dearest by Buddy Holly
        5 Up The Spout by Mateo Messina
        6 Tire Swing by Kimya Dawson
        7 Piazza, New York Catcher by Belle & Sebastian
        8 Loose Lips by Kimya Dawson
        9 Superstar by Sonic Youth
        10 Sleep (Instrumental) by Kimya Dawson
        11 Expectations (Remastered Version) by Belle & Sebastian
        12 All The Young Dudes by Mott The Hoople
        13 So Nice So Smart by Kimya Dawson
        14 Sea Of Love (Remastered Version) by Cat Power
        15 Tree Hugger by Kimya Dawson & Antsy Pants
        16 I'm Sticking With You by The Velvet Underground
        17 Anyone Else But You by Moldy Peaches
        18 Vampire by Antsy Pants
        19 Anyone Else But You by Michael Cera & Ellen Page

        SONG BY SONG
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        1 All I Want Is You by Barry Louis Polisar
        This is one of my favourites on the album, as it gets a smile on your face every time. I think this would be a great song to wake up to in the morning, and if someone can tell me how to set my iPod alarm, that is what I'll do! It has a nice catchy rhythm and lovely positive lyrics.

        2 My Rollercoaster (Juno Film Version) by Kimya Dawson
        This track is short, sweet and without words. I find it really gets my imagination going. It also follows on from the first song quite naturally, creating a nice flow.

        3 A Well Respected Man by The Kinks
        This is the song that sort of reminds me of the Beatles, which makes sense because they are a British invasion band from the 60s. This is a great song for walking to the bus stop, or driving to work.

        4 Dearest by Buddy Holly
        A very mellow song which is quite nice background music. As with the other songs on the album, the lyrics in this are very nice. The order of the songs has been carefully picked so that the listener doesn't get bored, and all the songs so far are nice and short so that there is hardly any repetition like you often get in longer tracks.

        5 Up The Spout by Mateo Messina
        Less than a minute long, you barely have time to enjoy this song before it's over! It is a catchy acoustic guitar tune without any voice. I'd call this campfire music.

        6 Tire Swing by Kimya Dawson
        This song definitely has the most substance to it, and the lyrics tell a story from the point of view of a girl. The tune is set by a guitar and someone whistling, continuing the "campfire" feel created by the previous song. It sort of feels like a children's rhyme too.

        7 Piazza, New York Catcher by Belle & Sebastian
        Belle and Sebastian are an indie pop band from Glasgow and the Scottish accent makes a subtle change from the last song, though it continues with the same feel to it. Again the lyrics almost guide the music rather than the other way around. A very catchy tune.

        8 Loose Lips by Kimya Dawson
        Another Kimya Dawson song, the pace is a little faster in this one, and it sounds a bit like a kids' song, but the lyrics are definitely not those of a kids' song and in fact rather political.

        9 Superstar by Sonic Youth
        A much needed slow song with a quicker chorus to it, which is nice to listen to, although the slow bits do make you kind of sleepy.

        10 Sleep (Instrumental) by Kimya Dawson
        A comfy 53 second lullaby which is hummed and accompanied by a guitar.

        11 Expectations (Remastered Version) by Belle & Sebastian
        A great song with rhythm and bass, and again the very original lyrics which dominate this album. If you're ever having a slow day and need music that will get you going, this is the song you need! I love the sound of the violin in it.

        12 All The Young Dudes by Mott The Hoople
        The first track on this album in which you can hear an electric guitar. This song was written for the band by none other than David Bowie!

        13 So Nice So Smart by Kimya Dawson
        Another "adult-children's song". The first time you listen to this album, this will be the point at which you will start to understand and appreciate Kimya Dawson -hopefully.

        14 Sea Of Love (Remastered Version) by Cat Power
        This song is very relaxing and if you're not careful you will be so relaxed that you don't realise you've stopped moving until the end of the song, when you snap out of it. A great feeling.

        15 Tree Hugger by Kimya Dawson & Antsy Pants
        This definitely is a children's song, and you can actually hear kids' voices in it. Some of this song is French, which I found quite cool. Like many of the previous songs, there is a little story in this one.

        16 I'm Sticking With You by The Velvet Underground
        Repetitive in a catchy way, and it has a pantomime / musical theatre kind of sound. Lovely harmonies in this song as well.

        17 Anyone Else But You by Moldy Peaches
        If you've seen Juno, this is THE defining "Juno-song" which almost sums up the entire film. If you don't get funny looks on the bus/tram/tube/train because you're humming along to this, you're obviously not a true Juno-convert.

        18 Vampire by Antsy Pants
        Another great short track by the French group Antsy Pants, although this time they sing in English. This is the kind of song you would sing on the bus when you're on a schooltrip.

        19 Anyone Else But You by Michael Cera & Ellen Page
        The end of the film is very appropriately also the end of the CD. This time the track is performed by the actors themselves, with much feeling.

        MY OPINION
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        This soundtrack is a great representation of the film. The fact that Juno is still a child, but has to cope with the responsibilities of a grown up is reflected in many of the songs. Having said that, it may be difficult to get into this kind of music if you have not seen the film. Some of the songs are from the 60s and 70s, and if that's not your thing, then you might want to leave this CD on the shelf. However, if you're open to different and quirky music, this album won't disappoint.

        Personally, I enjoyed this album, although I can't say I will have it on repeat. The song Anyone Else But You is one I could listen to all day though! The song choices on the album have clearly been carefully selected, and the entire playlist flows very nicely. Thanks to some of the 50 second instrumental interludes, you don't even realise when one song ends and the next begins. The lyrics to the songs are very clever, sounding like children's songs but some with surprisingly adult content. I can't quite compare this album to any other album I own; it is unique in every way.

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          30.01.2009 14:06
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          good easy listening

          When I watched what is admittedly a brilliant film recently (juno) the music that was played during the film struck a chord with me as normally I do not really notice what is being played, but the soudntrack for Juno is great! It si on heavy rotation on my ipod. I wont list the tracks here (an easy way to accumulate words) but rather I will try to give an overall feel for the album.

          I think the soundtrack fits the film perfectly as it shows the difficult transition from child to adult in the songs. This feeling may have something to do with the creaky, ultra lo-fi acoustic songs by the Moldy Peaches. Anyone Else But You is the album highlight for me and quite possibly the high point of the film too. Their humopurous lyrics mix well with the tone set by the film and the songs are child like and direct.

          Belle & Sebastian make a fine appearance on the soundtrack and Sonic Youth's cover of Superstar is brilliant.

          For all you anti-war protestors, have a listen to Loose Lips - an excellent rant. Another great tune is Velvet Undergrounds fun "I'm sticking with you".

          A really good soundtrack. Only reason it didn't get 5 stars is because it obviously doesn't measure up to the classic soundtracks out there like Pulp Ficton

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          19.08.2008 16:18
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          Absolutely classic soundtrack

          First of all, I would like to say that anyone who hasn't watched the film "Juno" (or was not a previous fan of Kimya Dawson) will probably be a little lost in this sound track - there are a couple of classics on the album - like "Well Respected Man" by the Kinks - but many of the songs are 'off the beaten track'.

          However, I am a self confessed addict of this album. The few classics that are on the album are perfect. I'm not going to pretend to be a Buddy Holly expert, but the song "Dearest" on the album is really beautiful, and his vocals sound amazing and fit perfectly with the rest of the track. There's also "Well Respected Man" by The Kinks which is, in my opinion, one of those songs that everyone knows, and an absolute classic to have on your MP3 or CD player. There's also a remastered version of Cat Power's classic "Into The Sea" which is a really quaint and beautiful song in its own special way. It has bundles of charm, and is another song everyone should own.

          Unfortunately, one of the tracks on the album murders what I consider one of the best songs ever written. Mott The Hoople's version of the Bowie's "All The Young Dudes" is not as strong as Bowie's version and it doesn't sound half as good. As a massive Bowie fan, I find this virtually blasphemic. In my opinion if you're going to cover Bowie you have to make it your own, in a different style to the man himself, which they don't manage at all.

          Kimya Dawson and her band, The Moldy Peaches, feature quite heavily on the album. The seven songs are perfectly chosen, and all fit in with the film quite well. The song "Tree Hugger" is obscure but works really well, with its anecdotal story-telling style. "My Rollercoaster" is merely a filler track along with "Up The Sprout" by Mateo Messina, not much to say about it, but the other tunes from "So Nice So Smart" "Tire Swing" and "Loose Lips" are all amazing, with Loose Lips being my favourite. It is a politically motivated song, but it's subtle and childlike in its manner, but works really well with Dawson's soft voice.

          This album really helped me get into Kimya Dawson, and I ordered one of her solo albums yesterday along with tickets to go see her. I think that she is the main reason to buy this album, its a brilliant starting block to get into her music, and find out if you like it.

          Belle & Sebastian have two songs on the album, "Piazza, New York Catcher" and "Expectations", which are two of the best Belle & Sebastian songs in my opinion. It's nice for anyone who's not into Belle & Sebastian, though if you already are you won't get any new songs from this album, just those two classics.

          The Velvet Underground and Sonic Youth both have one song each on the album, along with Antsy Pants. The Velvet Underground track used is "I'm Sticking With You", which is a complete classic, though the choice of "Superstar" as the Sonic Youth song doesn't sit well with me, as it is one of the few Sonic Youth tracks that I don't like. The Antsy Pants song, "Vampire", captures the childish nature of the album, possibly going too far, with the repetitive chanting of "I Am A Vampireee".

          Another song that you'd expect to be childish is the opening track from the album, "All I Want Is You" by the children's TV performer Barry Louis Polisar, but in fact this is one of the best tracks on the album in my opinion, and is a brilliant opener to the album.

          There is also two versions of the closing track on the album - one is the Moldy Peaches version of "Anyone Else But You", the beautiful closing track from the film. In the film, Ellen Page and Michael Cera sing the song at the end, and their version is also included on the album, though a shorter version than the Moldy Peaches version. The Moldy Peaches version outshines the film version, but the clip of the two leads has obviously been placed on the album for sentimental value.

          The entire album has an almost child-like tang to it, which is why it fitted in so well with the film. It sounds naive in its entirety, but its witty anecdotes and intellectual puns prevent it from becoming a bunch of rhymes for children. It's a bit like Kate Nash or Emmy The Great, but smarter with better vocals.

          The album's about 45 minutes long, and I must say that I've listened to it upwards of 30 times, all for about £10 on amazon. This is one of the best soundtracks for a movie I've ever heard, with this fantastic innocence and alternative credentials. No matter whether you're a fan of the film or otherwise, I would recommend that you give this album a listen.

          TRACK LISTING
          1 All I Want Is You - Barry Louis Polisar
          2 My Rollercoaster - Kimya Dawson
          3 A Well Respected Man - The Kinks
          4 Dearest - Buddy Holly
          5 Up The Spout - Mateo Messina
          6 Tire Swing - Kimya Dawson
          7 Piazza, New York Catcher - Belle & Sebastian
          8 Loose Lips - Kimya Dawson
          9 Superstar - Sonic Youth
          10 Sleep (Instrumental) - Kimya Dawson
          11 Expectations - Belle & Sebastian
          12 All The Young Dudes - Mott The Hoople
          13 So Nice So Smart - Kimya Dawson
          14 Sea Of Love - Cat Power
          15 Tree Hugger - Kimya Dawson and Antsy Pants
          16 I'm Sticking With You - Velvet Underground
          17 Anyone Else But You - The Moldy Peaches
          18 Vampire - Antsy Pants
          19 Anyone Else But You - Michael Cera and Ellen Page

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            A good CD for anyone who enjoyed the film

            1 All I Want Is You by Barry Louis Polisar
            2 My Rollercoaster (Juno Film Version) by Kimya Dawson
            3 A Well Respected Man by The Kinks
            4 Dearest by Buddy Holly
            5 Up The Spout by Mateo Messina
            6 Tire Swing by Kimya Dawson
            7 Piazza, New York Catcher by Belle & Sebastian
            8 Loose Lips by Kimya Dawson
            9 Superstar by Sonic Youth
            10 Sleep (Instrumental) by Kimya Dawson
            11 Expectations (Remastered Version) by Belle & Sebastian
            12 All The Young Dudes by Mott The Hoople
            13 So Nice So Smart by Kimya Dawson
            14 Sea Of Love (Remastered Version) by Cat Power
            15 Tree Hugger by Kimya Dawson & Antsy Pants
            16 I'm Stickng With You by The Velvet Underground
            17 Anyone Else But You by Moldy Peaches
            18 Vampire by Antsy Pants
            19 Anyone Else But You by Michael Cera & Ellen Page

            If, like me, one of the reasons you enjoyed the film "Juno" was because of the catchy music then you will enjoy this soundtrack. This CD includes 19 songs, by various artists. The music is mainly a mixture of a few classics and indie rock and was released this year, in 2008. If you are thinking about buying this CD, first ask yourself if you found the music in "Juno" a little annoying, because if you did then you probably won't even listen past the first song on this CD. Every song on this CD is very catchy and what I would describe as an "easy listen." I brought this CD for around £10, but it's probably cheaper than that now. I would recommend this CD, as every song on it was really different from the sort of music I normally listen to. I love all of the lyrics and even though they are quite repetitive and simple, they are very catchy.

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            Disc #1 Tracklisting
            1 All I Want Is You – Barry Louis Polisar
            2 My Rollercoaster - Kimya Dawson
            3 A Well Respected Man – The Kinks
            4 Dearest – Buddy Holly
            5 Up The Spout – Mateo Messina
            6 Tire Swing – Kimya Dawson
            7 Piazza, New York Catcher – Belle & Sebastian
            8 Loose Lips – Kimya Dawson
            9 Superstar – Sonic Youth
            10 Sleep (Instrumental) – Kimya Dawson
            11 Expectations – Belle & Sebastian
            12 All The Young Dudes – Mott The Hoople
            13 So Nice So Smart – Kimya Dawson
            14 Sea Of Love – Cat Power
            15 Tree Hugger – Kimya Dawson and Antsy Pants
            16 I’m Sticking With You – Velvet Underground
            17 Anyone Else But You – The Moldy Peaches
            18 Vampire – Antsy Pants
            19 Anyone Else But You – Michael Cera and Ellen Page