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The Great Gatsby Soundtrack Review

The Great Gatsby Soundtrack: The 4 Standout Tracks

The Great Gatsby arrives in theaters this weekend, but we're focusing on another treat from the film: the soundtrack. The collection compiled by Jay-Z is out this week, and we've been streaming it nonstop — both imagining where the songs fit into Baz Luhrmann's adaptation and loving them on their own. With artists like The xx, Jack White, Florence + The Machine, and Jay-Z himself, the soundtrack is eclectic and ambitious, and I'm already addicted to the compilation and its very cinematic, bold feel. Find out which songs I think stand on their own.

  1. "Back to Black" by Beyoncé and André 3000: It's hard to improve upon this Amy Winehouse song, and thankfully, no one is trying to outdo Amy vocally. Instead, it's a truly creative reworking of the song that gives it a brand-new, awesomely edgy sound. And as much as I love Beyoncé, it's André's part that's more evocative.
  2. "Young and Beautiful" by Lana Del Rey: This haunting ballad captures the doomed romantic feel of Jay Gatsby and Daisy Buchanan's entanglement — it's beautiful and sad and on a grand scale.
  3. "Love Is the Drug" by The Bryan Ferry Orchestra: This is probably the most authentic-sounding song for the 1920s era, because of the legitimate jazz outfit supplying it (they're also the band on another of the soundtrack's songs: the "Crazy in Love" cover). The upbeat tempo distracts from the underlying morose theme (which is very Gatsby).
  4. "Bang Bang" by The Black Eyed Peas frontman's track mixes big band with a thumping club beat. Pretty much what you'd imagine the revelers to be dancing to in Gatsby's home.
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