Garden State

Garden State


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As natives know, New Jersey is nearly synonymous with ennui. Fittingly for this film about arrested development and the anodyne comforts of returning home, the soundtrack to Garden State features a raft of easy listening for the late-20s set. As Wes Anderson's done with Rushmore and The Royal Tennenbaums, Zach Braff, star of NBC's Scrubs, puts a personal stamp on the music that powers his debut feature. With a wide range of sources that foster a single-minded mood, Garden State, like the best of soundtracks, plays more like a mix-tape from a music-obsessed friend. The confessional songs, close-miked guitars, and retro keys encourage attentive, contemplative listening, and each theme seems to add to Braff's story. Unlike Anderson, Braff's no rock archeologist. Simon & Garfunkel and Nick Drake are as old-school as he gets; like most Garden State guys, he draws inspiration from the likes of Coldplay and the Shins ("Don't Panic" opened Parachutes so well that Braff uses it to open his soundtrack, too). The jangle-and-plaint alternates with more moody grooves: Zero 7, the British Air analogue, provide tunefully mellow soul-tronica, while Thievery Corporation contribute sitar-inflected hip-hop. Indie songwriter Sam Beam, a.k.a. Iron and Wine, can be counted on for an intimate, breathy acoustic number such as "Such Great Heights," the perfect foil for the anesthetized character Braff plays in the film. Sensitive, searching filmgoers will likewise find that Garden State fits them to a tee.

Product Details

Release Date: 08/10/2004
Label: Sony
UPC: 0827969284322
catalogNumber: 92843
Rank: 47792


  1. Don't Panic@@Coldplay
  2. Caring Is Creepy@@The Shins
  3. In The Waiting Line - Zero 7
  4. New Slang@@The Shins
  5. I Just Don't Think I'll Ever Get Over You@@Colin Hay
  6. Blue Eyes@@Cary Brothers
  7. Fair@@Remy Zero
  8. One Of These Things First@@Nick Drake
  9. Lebanese Blonde@@Thievery Corporation
  10. The Only Living Boy In New York@@Simon & Garfunkel
  11. Such Great Heights@@Iron and Wine
  12. Let Go@@Frou Frou
  13. Winding Road@@Bonnie Somerville

Album Credits

Technical Credits

Nick Drake   Composer
Art Garfunkel   Producer
Paul Simon   Composer,Producer
Sophie Barker   Composer
David Bottrill   Producer
Joe Boyd   Producer
Dave Dale   Producer
Roy Halee   Producer
Colin Hay   Composer,Producer
Eric Hilton   Composer,Producer
Ken Nelson   Producer
Guy Sigsworth   Composer,Producer
Henry Binns   Composer
Sam Hardaker   Composer
Remy Zero   Producer
Chad Fischer   Producer
Hooshik Bayliss   Art Direction
August Cinjun Tate   Composer
Imogen Heap   Composer,Producer
Rob Garza   Composer,Producer
Bonnie Somerville   Composer
Shins   Producer
Coldplay   Producer
Chris Martin   Composer
Will Champion   Composer
Guy Berryman   Composer
Jonny Buckland   Composer
Ben Gibbard   Composer
Zero 7   Producer
James Mercer   Composer,Producer
Sam Beam   Producer
Jimmy Tamborello   Composer
Shelby Tate   Composer
Zach Braff   Executive Soundtrack Producer
Cary Brothers   Composer

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