Title - 'Stuck In Love' (Varese Sarabande Record)
Artist - Various
Yes, yes ... yes! This is the Original Soundtrack to the 2013 motion picture ON old school vinyl! Wow, that makes me feel and sound old saying vinyl, but the sound is just so, well, perfect on vinyl. So honest, which is just great for this album to encompass. Also featuring a score composed, arranged, performed and produced by Mike Mogis and Nathaniel Walcott (from Bright Eyes), Stuck In Love is a love soundtrack for the ages.
Side One (and yes, it feels so good to say that, after all these years of reviewing CDs!) opens with a slight score entitled 'Nosebleed' before we fumble into one of the three brand new songs on the album, the charming duet of 'At Your Door' by Walcott + Mogis featuring Big Harp. The placid, until its final moments score 'Peeping Tom' is next, and followed by another of the new songs, Conor Oberst and his acoustic guitar on 'You Are Your Mother's Child.'
The loudest song thus far comes in the form of 'Polkadot' by Like Pioneers, and is backed by the gentle, barely-even-there score track 'Rusty Tucks Kate In.' The darker pop sense of 'Will You Be By Me' from Wallpaper Airplanes is next, with the first side of the album being rounded out by the score of 'Goodbye.'
Side Two begins with the haunting Elliott Smith on 'Between the Bars,' and only goes to serve as a what-could-have-been scenario for a man taken too early from us. Things lven up with the bouncy 'Bill Gets Dressed' score track, before the trip-flow of 'The Calender Hangs Itself' from Bright Eyes.
Score track 'Bill Tells Sam the Truth' is next, with Bill Ricchini's gentle away of 'A Mountain At Its Peak' comes forth. The album is then rounded out with both the score of 'Erica at the Door' and the last new song 'Somersaults In Spring' by Friends Of Gemini (aka Mike Mogis, Nathaniel Walcott and Corina Figueroa Escamilla). In conclusion, this is a lovely album (all pun intended!) and is wonderful exposure for bands that we really might not have heard of - and yet really should have.
Reviewed by: Russell A. Trunk