GREAT GATSBY WEEK: DAY ONE
This Friday marks the release of one of the most anticipated films of the past two years. Ever since Baz Luhrmann announced his plans to adapt the F. Scott Fitzgerland classic The Great Gatsby fans all over the world have been excited to see how the adaptation would work out. The casting of Leonardo DiCaprio, Carey Mulligan, and Tobey Maguire was met with mostly positive marks. The first trailer, released almost a year ago, promised a visual spectacle that only the director of Romeo + Juliet and Moulin Rouge could provide. When the film's Christmas day release was postponed, skeptics came out of the woodwork. But, as the months have inched closer and closer, interest in the film version of the most beloved American novel seems to have only increased. The film is set to open the Cannes Film Festival and this Friday's release is set to be a big one as we get the summer movie season underway.
This week, look at the sights and sounds of The Great Gatsby. Each day we'll visit a different aspect of the book and film. Today, take a trip with the crazy (in a good way) soundtrack Luhrmann has pulled together with producer Jay-Z as the backdrop for the classic tale of Jay Gatsby and his lost love Daisy Buchanan. From the rapturous sounds of Jack White's "Love Is Blindness" in the film's trailer, to the interesting Amy Winehouse cover by Beyonce and Andre 3000 of "Back to Black", the album teeters through the styles and emotions of the Charleston era, minus the actual Charleston.
From THE HUFFINGTON POST, "the songs, which meander in themes among partying, murder and heartache, mostly set their buttons on eerie and sad. The album is full of new cuts, previously released ones and covers."
Part of the reason The Great Gatsby works as a book is how it perfectly encapsulates the essence of the decade. You can feel the jazzy tunes and seedy looks each word of each page exudes. From East Egg to West Egg, the dirt from the road and the polluted smoke from the vehicles clog the American dream and the truth about Gatsby. The music of the time was so telling of the period of people enjoying their money, money they may not have even had. It was the time when celebrity was born and people would do anything for it. The parties Gatsby through were the talk of the town, including the best food and best tunes. Luhrmann films have become known partially for the director's ability to intertwine even the most remote song into the storyline. Moulin Rouge is sometimes more enigmatic as a soundtrack compilation than even a tantalizing movie musical. The sounds evoked in The Great Gatsby are a conglomerate effort by some of today's most affluent and affecting artists. There's a lack of true celebrity pop star here, instead choosing artistry and substance over name.
Featuring musicians like Lana Del Rey, Florence + the Machine, The xx, Gotye, will.i.am, Sia, Beyonce, Andre 3000, and Jay-Z himself, the soundtrack is a smorgasbord of eclectic sounds that work perfectly for a manic Luhrmann picture.
The album will be released tomorrow, May 7. Check out the playlist below, followed by Lana Del Rey's haunting track "Young and Beautiful". If you can't wait until tomorrow to hear the whole thing, feel free to stream the entire album here, thanks to MTV.
1. 100$ Bill, JAY-Z
2. Back to Black, BEYONCE & ANDRE 3000
3. Young and Beautiful, LANA DEL REY
4. Love Is Blindness, JACK WHITE
5. Crazy In Love (Kid Koala Version), EMILI SANDE & THE BRYAN FERRY ORCHESTRA
6. Bang Band, WILL.I.AM
7. "I Like Large Parties", ELIZABETH DEBICKI
8. A Little Party Never Killed Nobody (All We Got), FERGIE, Q-TIP & GOONROCK
9. Love Is the Drug, BRYAN FERRY & THE BRYAN FERRY ORCHESTRA
10. "Can't Repeat the Past?", LEONARDO DICAPRIO & TOBEY MAGUIRE
11. Hearts a Mess, GOTYE
12. Where the Wind Blows, COCO O.
13. Green Light, GREEN LIGHT
14. No Church In the Wild (feat. Frank Ocean & The-Dream), JAY-Z & KANYE WEST
15. Over the Love, FLORENCE + THE MACHINE
16. Together, THE XX
17. Into the Past, NERO
18. Kill and Run, SIA
19. Over the Love (Of You), FLORENCE + THE MACHINE & SBTRKT
20. Young and Beautiful (DH Orchestra Version), LANA DEL REY
21. "Gatsby Believed In the Green Light", TOBEY MAGUIRE & CRAIG ARMSTRONG
The Great Gatsby releases in theaters Friday, May 10.