Original Motion Picture Soundtrack
– He's Just Not That Into You
(New Line Records)
Much like the episodic look at
various lovers in a big city which inspired it, the music for the film
He's Just Not That Into You has a little something for everyone.
Feel like a little classic pop?
The Cure, Talking Heads, Replacements and Human League are here and
accounted for. Relatively recent hit songs? Calling Maroon 5,
Keane and Lily Allen. Relatively obscure works by established groups?
Some REM, Wilco and Black Crowes, perhaps? Buzz artists? How
about a little James Morrison, Tristan Prettyman, My Morning Jacket, Corrine
Bailey Rae or The Ting-Tings? A surprisingly jazzy performance by a
moonlighting actress? Well, let's just say that Scarlett Johansson's
sultry "Last Goodbye" is better than anything on her recent misguided solo
He's Just Not That Into You
is music to fall in love to, but the filmmakers have some broad and quirky
tastes. I can see any of these songs being on the iPods of the
characters they are commenting upon.
Even if it was not specific to a
movie, these songs would make a terrific mix disk. There is the quirky
neuvo-reggae of Lily Allen's "Smile," the happy irony of Talking Heads'
"This Must Be the Place (Naive Melody)," the moody synth pop of Human
League's classic "Don't You Want Me" and the giddy highs of The Cure's
"Friday, I'm In Love" and the Replacements' "Can't Hardly Wait." Then
you get a terrific big ballad in Keane's "Something Only We Know," REM's
unjustly ignored comeback single "Supernatural Superserious" and Corrine
Bailey Rae's seriously funky "I'd Like To."
Most of the songs here are pretty
damned strong. This is music to fall in love to in a perfect world.
Jay S. Jacobs
Copyright © 2009 PopEntertainment.com.
Posted: February 14, 2009.