Saturday, July 30, 2011

Friends With Benefits Soundtrack [2011]

Friends With Benefits follows a young female headhunter (Mila Kunis) in New York who convinces a potential recruit (Justin Timberlake) to accept a job in the Big Apple. Despite an attraction to each other, both realize they’re everything they’ve been running from in a relationship and decide to see what happens if they leave emotion out of it and keep it strictly physical.

Friends With Benefits, also starring Emma Stone, Woody Harrelson, Jenna Elfman, Patricia Clarkson, Richard Jenkins, and Andy Samberg, hit theaters July 22, 2011.

The soundtrack for the romantic comedy Friends with Benefits features a mostly winning mix of sunny indie pop, rainy day, diary-writing balladry, and retro-dance jams (Kriss Kross!). Opening with a totally unnecessary remix of Steppenwolf's "Magic Carpet Ride" (simply adding a Madchester-inspired house beat does not equal forward-thinking), the collection makes for a fairly solid listen, cruising along with the slacker, white boy hip/hop of G. Love and Special Sauce's "Booty Call," an earnest, folksy take on the Cure classic "Boys Don't Cry" by former Grant Lee Buffalo frontman Grant Lee Phillips, R&B futurist Janelle Monae's impossibly catchy "Tightrope," and a custom cover of OK Go's "This Too Shall Pass" by Oakland-based indie rockers Rogue Wave, before closing predictably, yet appropriately with Semisonic's "Closing Time."

Track listing
1. Magic Carpet Ride (Philip Steir Remix) – Steppenwolf
2. L.O.V. – Fitz and the Tantrums
3. Booty Call – G. Love and Special Sauce
4. New York, New York (FWB Remix) – Ray Quinn feat. Ultra Love
5. Boys Don’t Cry – Grant Lee Phillips
6. Such a Colorful World – Max & Simon
7. Satellite – Peter Conway
8. Let a Woman Be a Woman (And a Man Be a Man) – Dyke & The Blazers
9. At the Window – Double 0 Zero
10. Love’s Gonna Getcha – Tal & Acacia
11. Jump – Kris Kross
12. This Too Shall Pass – Rogue Wave
13. Tightrope – Janelle Monae
14. Take a Bow – Greg Laswell
15. Closing Time – Semisonic


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