Travel Music: ‘The Great Gatsby’ Soundtrack
It’s finally here! Following the world premiere of the much anticipated Baz Luhrmann version of The Great Gatsby, the entire soundtrack has been released.
Spearheaded by Jay-Z, both in putting together the eclectic masterpiece and as the first track, the soundtrack brings together rap kings, rockstars and pop sirens to show who our Roaring Twenties jazz artists and flappers of today are.
Joined with sound clips of Jay Gatsby (Leonardo Dicaprio), Jay-Z kick’s off the party with “$100 Bill” where he references the past and present wealth, celebs, and historical moments. His song is followed by a cover of the late Amy Whinehouse’s “Back To Black” from Andre 3000 and Beyoncé. Mrs. Carter get’s covered herself later in the soundtrack by Emeli Sandé & The Bryan Ferry Orchestra performing a fantastic jazz take on “Crazy In Love.”
More great jazz numbers appear from the likes of will.i.am and Fergie with songs that are reportedly used for the big party scenes in the film, according to NPR who debuted the entire album. Bryan Ferry and his orchestra also have a blues and jazz number with “Love Is The Drug,” and Coco O. of Quadron delivers “Where The Wind Blows”—which is a great transition from the jazzy tunes to the various pop and rock numbers remaining.
Lana Del Rey, Florence and the Machine, the xx, Nero, and Sia all deliver fantastic new songs in their diverse pop schools—from the sultry Lana’s “Young And Beautiful” to mellow and sensual “Together” by the xx, and to Sia’s beautiful and haunting ballad of “Kill And Run” as the closer. Alternative rock artist Gotye provides his “Hearts A Mess” on the album, and Jack White also lends his former song—his cover of U2’s “Love Is Blindness” that has a retro rock vibe.
Listen to the soundtrack in order below:
(note: this is a remix)
The soundtrack will be released on May 7th, with the film out on May 10th. Don’t forget the waistcoats, straw hats, and walking canes when you go see The Great Gatsby!