The Great Gatsby [Music from Baz Luhrmann's Film] Image

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  • Summary: Overseen by Jay-Z, the soundtrack to Baz Luhrmann's adaptation of F. Scott Fitzgerald's novel features original songs from Fergie, Florence and the Machine, Gotye, Jay-Z, Nero, Sia,, and The xx. It also includes covers of Amy Winehouse's "Back To Black" performed by Beyoncé and Andre 3000; Lana Del Rey's "Young and Beautiful" performed by Bryan Ferry; Beyoncé's "Crazy In Love" performed by Emeli Sandé; and "U2's "Love IS Blindness" performed by Jack White. Expand
  • Record Label: Interscope
  • Genre(s): Pop, Rap, Avant-Garde, Pop/Rock, Adult Alternative Pop/Rock, Alternative Pop/Rock, Contemporary Pop/Rock, Soundtracks, Stage & Screen, Pop-Rap
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 8
  2. Negative: 0 out of 8
  1. May 8, 2013
    Buying into Luhrmann's vision is always the issue, but here, the music is crafted enough, inspired enough, and deep enough that it's worth diving into without reservations.
  2. May 8, 2013
    Not everything works. Lana Del Rey's "Young and Beautiful" is meant to be one of the album's centerpieces; instead, it's inert, a drag. But the LP conjures a consistent mood of noirish, doomed romance.
  3. 70
    The Great Gatsby Soundtrack is a fine example of what a film’s musical-mate can and should be; it mirrors many aesthetic elements of the film, augments the general storyline and adds depth and personality to the characters and dialogue on the screen.
  4. 60
    Put simply, The Great Gatsby soundtrack resonates like the dinky Grammy sampler album they give to us plebeians who aren’t important enough to attend the ceremony anyway.
  5. May 9, 2013
    Gatsby manages to avoid the major mistake that many soundtracks have, which is not keeping a uniform style throughout the album. At the same time, The Great Gatsby Soundtrack also offers variation, though it comes at a small price. Some of the artists that get a share of the spotlight don’t live up to the standout performances of the album.
  6. May 8, 2013
    Despite few-and-far-between curveballs from the xx (the spare "Together") and Nero ("Into the Past," which clearly aches to be included on the next Nicolas Winding Refn movie), The Great Gatsby speaks on Duke and Ella's behalf when it says, "It don't mean a thing." Period.
  7. May 17, 2013
    Most of the cars in The Great Gatsby crash and so does Luhrman's soundtrack.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 6
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 6
  3. Negative: 0 out of 6
  1. May 8, 2013
    Despite what the critics are saying about the movie, 1 thing is for certain, the soundtrack is masterful. Executive Producer Jay-Z did a fantastic job of putting this together. The stand out tracks to me are, besides obvious favorites Lana Del Rey & Florence The Machine, Jack White with his cover of U2's "Love Is Blindness", Coco O's "Where The Wind Blows", Emeli Sande & The Bryan Ferry Orchestra's "Crazy In Love (Kid Koala Version)", and Gotye's "Heart's A Mess". Excellent music all around and it is a very enjoyable listen from start to finish. Expand
  2. Jun 14, 2013
    Excellently combining the classy 20's era jazz with modern day pop, The Great Gatsby soundtrack features a lot of consistently great talent and fun tracks. I found it consistently great throughout, (except for Gotye, never cared for them), with my favorites being "Over the Love" by Florence The Machine, "Young and Beautiful" by Lana Del Rey, and "A Little Party Never Killed Nobody" by Fergie, Q-Tip and Goonrock. Expand
  3. May 12, 2013
    Despite the critics are saying bad about the movie, the soundtrack is really good. The highlights are Emeli with Crazy In Love, Jay-Z with $100 Bill and Lana Del Rey's Young and Beautiful. I recommend this. Expand
  4. May 10, 2013
    Great Gatsby surprisingly have good variety on its album. It works well with the movie but 3 songs I regret hearing Back To Black is one. What a disappointment well on the bright side the rest is worth the listen such as "Young and Beautiful", "One Love" and "Where The Wind Blows" Collapse
  5. Jun 26, 2013
    Quality Soundtrack from a great film, and while not all of the songs are good songs on their own, as a collective they make for a great soundtrack and I remember them all clearly in the film. Favourites would have to be Back to Black, Crazy in Love and Fergie's 'A Little Party Never Killed Nobody'. Expand
  6. Jun 20, 2013
    Though the soundtrack may be (kind of) relevant to it's source material, the selection of songs is definitely a mixed bag (just like the movie!). With songs ranging from awful to brilliant, this soundtrack is a messy experience; but luckily there are more good songs then bad songs. Featuring complete trash such as's "Bang Bang" and any songs like such really bring down the album, as they to do to the film. But this album is saved by Lana Del Rey's haunting "Young and Beautiful", Florence and the Machine's "Over the Love" and The XX's mesmerising "Together". Overall, the soundtrack plays out like the film; starts off rocky then slowly repairs itself. Expand