Silver Linings Playbook OST

With an original score by Danny Elfman this film is being tipped for all sorts of gongs. Elfman’s contribution on this album is worthy and fitting for a film with a theme of romance and mental health issues – or as the yanks like to call it “kookiness”.

Elfman’s songs on this album are not alone in being musical numbers; there are a couple of jazzy classics from The Dave Brubeck Quartet which fit nicely into the running order. “The Moon Of Manakoora” by Les Paul & Mary Ford is a 1950s classic which has an even older heritage, sounding like something from a 1940s film set in Hawaii it is romantic and quite lovely. The other lunar reference is from Ambrosia Parsley & The Elegant Too, “Goodnight Moon” is weird and brilliant and would not be out of place on a true blood episode with its southern gothic tones.

This soundtrack has some awesome contributors like the alternative indie rockers alt-J (winners of this year’s Mercury prize) and the massively cool Alabama Shakes. Add in a classic Stevie Wonder love song “My Cherie Amour”, a funky northern soul number from the 70s Rare Earth and a Bob Dylan/Johnny Cash duet and this soundtrack is nearly perfect. The only bum note is Jessie J’s eponymous contribution; nasty in all sorts of ways not least in its written-for-a-90s-American-upbeat-ending-film vibe. Skip track 12 and you will thoroughly enjoy this.

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