December 14, 2011

Top 11 Original Soundtracks of 2011

2011 seemed to be the year when slasher films with all the blood and gore took a break, and we got a lot of romance, comedy and adventure instead.  From over a hundred titles released for the year, here are my top picks.

Please note that this is not a list of my favourite movies, but a list of what I deem to be the best soundtrack albums of the year – regardless if the movie sucked.

#11 Hanna


Almost an homage to The Professional, this tells the story of a 16-year-old raised by her father to become the perfect assassin.  Chemical Brothers exclusively provides the music that accompanies the surreal and kick-ass scenes.  Tracks like “The Devil Is In The Beats” and “Container Park” made me want to be an assassin too.  This is the only OST included in the list that is purely instrumental; but when it comes to Chemical Brothers paired with pure action and suspense, you can’t go wrong.

Watch Video: Chemical Brothers – The Devil Is In The Beats (Audio)


#10 Footloose


If you like folk and country, but occasionally dabble into a bit of disco, you would love the soundtrack to the revival of the ‘80s film that sky-rocketed Kevin Bacon to fame.  Tracks such as “Where The River Goes” by Zac Brown of Zac Brown Band, “Little Lovin’ ” by Lissie and “Walkin’ Blues” by CeeLo Green definitely give off that country vibe.  Even the song “So Sorry Mama” by Whitney Duncan sounds a lot of fun to sing. You just might start line dancing and doing the do-si-do while listening to this sound track.

Watch Video: Zac Brown – Where The River Goes (Audio)


#9 No Strings Attached

No Strings Attached

I bet after this movie came out, many friends did experiment with adding the ‘benefits’ factor to their relationship.  It doesn’t matter that the movie just proved to us that a relationship with no strings attached can’t ever remain unattached. What mattered was we enjoyed the film and felt the emotions of the characters, thanks to the combination of fun and melancholic music used for the soundtrack. Perfect tracks for this flick’s mood: Temper Trap’s “Love Lost” and Plain White T’s “Rhythm of Love”.

Watch Video: Plain White T`s – Rhythm of Love


#8 Bridesmaids

No Strings Attached

Lots of female fronted bands and musicians in this one.  Makes sense, since the movie is quite a battle of the estrogens.  Just like the lead character, Annie (played by Kristen Wiig), the music is also a quirky mix of femininity and vulnerability with tracks like Violent Femmes’ “Blister In The Sun” covered by Nouvelle Vague, Fiona Apple’s “Paper Bag” to the angst of Hole’s Violet, and Blondie’s “Rip Her To Shreds”. The soundtrack, like the film, tells us that women can be cute little kittens one minute and big scary lions the next.

Watch Video: Violent Femmes – Blister In The Sun (Audio)


#7 The Dilemma


From estrogen, let’s now move on to a sound track that makes you think of, *ahem*, balls.  Wolfmother, The Black Keys, KISS and Band of Skulls just scream testosterone. Why shouldn’t it? Times are changing.  If there are chick flicks, now is the age of the ‘guy flicks’, and this OST definitely rocks to the tempo of that beat.

Watch Video: KISS - Detroit Rock City (Audio)


#6 Beastly


Not a real big fan of the film, but I have to admit – the music fits the theme perfectly. From Hanover Swain’s “Vanity” which gives off the over-confidence of the protagonist prior to his beastly features, to the gloomy feel of Gersey’s “Crashing” and Tim Myers’ “Today is The Day”; the soundtrack perfectly matches the mood. If only the actors matched their roles (with the exception of Neil Patrick Harris, who saved this movie from being completely terrible).

Watch Video: Paramore – The Only Exception


#5 Scream 4

Scream 4

The fourth franchise promised a thrilling ride.  With contributions from The Sounds, 6 Day Riot and Ida Maria, an atmosphere of comfortable fear is set. Nothing too drastic, just sheer fun and suspense, enabling viewers to truly enjoy this fourth instalment.

Watch Video: The Sounds – Something To Die For


#4 Rio


When you’ve got a fun cast involved in an animation you can only expect one thing: pure fun!  With Jesse Eisenberg, Anne Hathaway, Jane Lynch, Leslie Mann, Jamie Foxx, Wanda Sykes, Will I Am and even Flight of The Concords’ Jemaine Clement, how could you possibly go wrong, right?  Good thing the sound track does not disappoint either.  With tracks that take you to the festive land of Rio, and songs by Will I Am, Jemaine Clement and Jamie Foxx, it’s a film and sound track pairing that you wouldn’t tire of easily.

Watch Video: Jamie Foxx – Fly Love (Audio)


#3 Crazy, Stupid Love

Crazy, Stupid Love

An all-star comedic cast coupled with an all-star music selection makes this sound track leap to the #3 spot.  Music from Thievery Corporation, Miike Snow, Goldfrapp and Say Hi give off such a fun element perfectly mixed in with a hint of sadness. Just like the movie.

Watch Video: Say Hi – Oh Oh Oh Oh Oh Oh Oh Oh Oh


#2 Breaking Dawn Part 1

Vreaking Dawn Part 1

As one of the members of the I’m-Not-Into-Twilight-Club, I must admit each and every franchise has been carefully set out to have the best sound track for specific scenes, and this most recent instalment follows that pattern.  To continue with its famous theme of romantic longing, music from Sleeping At Last, Cider Sky and Iron & Wine have been used to make every girl (minus myself) swoon at the sight of Edward Cullen.

Watch Video: The Joy Formidable - Endtapes (Audio)

#1 Sucker Punch

Sucker Punch

It’s a flick full of chicks made for dudes with a passion for anime…and well, perhaps more than just a passion.  A hit with the guys. Not so much with the ladies. So what if it feeds the female stereotype ever so present in most Japanese cartoons? I mean, is it really a good idea to be in combat wearing a skirt and skimpy clothing? Maybe not, but it sure does provide pretty good eye candy. Thank goodness, the music also provided us pretty awesome ear candy.

Tracks from Bjork, Skunk Anansie and Emiliana Torrini not only please the eardrums but fit perfectly too as Emily Browning’s character strips her way to fantasy world.  Kudos for her vocal stylings as well with “Sweet Dreams” and “Asleep”.  The girl looks hot in her Baby Doll outfit, kicks ass and also sings! Now that’s girl power worth commending.  On second thought, I do like this film. With a killer movie soundtrack that fits the dark, surreal mood of the film perfectly, I say Sucker Punch tops all the movie OSTs of the year 2011.

Watch Video: Emily Browning – Sweet Dreams (Are Made Of This) (Audio)


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