Soundtracks can make or break movies. How? The music in films can sometimes be a character itself, driving the film forward and leaving us with an endless amount of memorable moments. From award-worthy compilations to those packed with fan favorites, here are just a handful of soundtracks worth checking out.
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Edgar Wright’s latest film has one of the best uses of music in recent cinema, spotlighting a getaway driver named Baby (Ansel Elgort) who suffers from severe tinnitus and uses his array of iPods as a tool in pulling off the perfect heists. The film incorporates several tracks that use the title character’s name (Carla Thomas’ “B-A-B-Y,” Boga’s “Nowhere To Run”) and his love interest Debora’s name(Beck’s “Debra,” T. Rex’s “Debora”) as a plot point. It also features original tracks, including “Easy” by Sky Ferreira (who appears as Baby’s mother) and “Chase Me” by Danger Mouse featuring Run The Jewels and Outkast’s Big Boi. The film itself also gets bonus points for some screen time by Red Hot Chili Peppers bassist Flea.
Scott Pilgrim Vs. The World
Based on the comic series of the same name, Scott Pilgrim Vs. The World follows the title character (Michael Cera) as he balances band life with his new love interest and her group of evil exes. The soundtrack includes Sex Bomb-Omb’s original songs, which were written and performed by Beck.. It also features Metric’s “Black Sheep,” which is performed in the movie by the Clash At Demonhead, led by frontwoman and Pilgrim’s ex Envy Adams (Brie Larson).
Swiss Army Man
Directing duo the Daniels (Daniel Kwan and Daniel Scheinert) first worked with Manchester Orchestra on Scheinert’s video for “Simple Math,” sending frontman Andy Hull through a chilling, slow-motion car crash. Hull and guitarist Robert McDowell reunited with the directing duo when tapped to score their super-quirky comedy…