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I am a Vampire but I have lost my fangs.
Juno - Soundtrack
Member Name: kirstymc
Juno - Soundtrack
Advantages: Smiley sunny quirky album.
Disadvantages: Annoyingly catchy songs
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.
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!
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.
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)
Summary: If you loved the film Juno you will love the soundtrack.