Soundtrack – The Fault In Our Stars

The Fault In Our Stars Soundtrack

The Fault In Our Stars – Music from the Motion Picture, featuring Ed Sheeran, Birdy, Charli XCX, M83, Ray LaMontagne, and others

If you’re in your 30’s today, you can probably think of at least one movie soundtrack from the 1990’s you consider to be especially important to your teenaged self.

Back in those days, soundtracks were as important as the movies they accompanied and served as a sort-of mix-tape, a compilation of songs by a selection of present-day artists that told a story, helped emphasize an event, or just build some sort of personal emotional connection around.

When making mix-tapes (and mix CDs for that matter) became outdated, the relevance of soundtracks seemed to lessen also. It wasn’t until movies like Twilight and the Hunger Games that movie soundtracks started to really make come into their own again. Where there were once mix tapes are now playlists, and movie soundtracks play off of that desire to have a collection of songs that fit a certain theme.

The themes built around the songs that make up the soundtrack to the teen romantic drama film The Fault In Our Stars are on the challenges and rewards of love. Ed Sheeran opens it up with a song about love across far distances on his hopeful All Of The Stars, while Jake Bugg sings about the realization that true love was always there in front of him.

From there the mostly mellow and contemplative tunes offer some musical variety that keeps the compilation from getting too dry or stale. Grouplove, Indians and M83 provide the indie pop element, while future it-girl Charli XCX and STRFKR offer up the synthpop side. Along with Ed Sheeran and Jake Bugg, Ray LaMontagne and Birdy lead the singer/songwriter group of acoustic and folk pop, while Lykke Li provides the album’s most satisfyingly devastating moment on No One Ever Loved.

Birdy has three contributions to the soundtrack, further suggesting that she’s being worked toward the verge of her own breakthrough. While Ed’s name might have been the main attraction point on account of his song being a brand new recording, and Charli’s Boom Clap serves the official single that fits right in on radio, Birdy is the focal point and ultimately the one to watch for.

The 18-year-old’s performance of Tee Shirt is an endearing recording while Not About Angels strikes a more powerful chord as a more traditional piano ballad. She finishes her one-two-three punch on Best Shot, a mid-tempo duet with newcomer Jaymes Young that provides some stability following M83’s climactic build-up Wait.

The soundtrack to The Fault In Our Stars is the passing of the musical torch to the next generation with songs written and performed just for them that have the same sense of timelessness to make it this generation’s Romeo + Juliet or Garden State. It’s a generation-defining collection of music that has the potential to stick for decades and be one of the key moments for the 30-somethings of the 2030’s. It’s an instant and longterm classic.
Four stars

1. All Of The Stars – Ed Sheeran
2. Simple As This – Jake Bugg
3. Let Me In – Grouplove
4. Tee Shirt – Birdy
5. All I Want – Kodaline
6. Long Way Down – Tom Odell
7. Boom Clap – Charli XCX
8. While I’m Alive – STRFKR
9. Oblivion – Indians
10. Strange Things Will Happen – The Radio Dept.
11. Bomfalleralla – Afasi & Filthy
12. Without Words – Ray LaMontagne
13. Not About Angels – Birdy
14. No One Ever Loved – Lykke Li
15. Wait – M83
16. Best Shot – Birdy & Jaymes Young [Bonus Track]

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