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Album Compliments To Films

I figured for this list I would attempt something different. To add to the talk that sometimes comes up, I decided to think up what albums could really fit my favorite films in the soundtrack role. Here's what I came up with.
1 Godspeed You! Black Emperor

Film: Requiem for a Dream :: This was a really hard choice because I really don't own an album that ends
as downright depressing as this film does, and the original soundtrack for the film is perfect as it is. Using
post-rock bands for film scores almost seems like a crutch, but no album I had felt more right than this
one for Requiem. The album mixes beauty and destruction in the same way the film does.
El Cielo

Film: Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind :: This film is basically a standard love story with a Charlie
Kaufmann twist. The twist is what makes this film so poignant. In a different way, El Cielo is basically a
standard rock album with a Dredg twist, making it unique and an invigorating listen. Both offer somewhat
strange rides that end with a satisfying closure.
Robbin' the Hood

Film: Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas :: This album was the only one I could think of that had a level of
insanity similar to the attitude of the film.
No More Stories

Film: Big Fish :: This film has a mystical quality about it while still being rooted in real human struggle. This
album is also beautiful and grandiose, but filled with enough emotion to make it real.
5Coconut Records

Film: The Life Aquatic With Steve Zissou :: I guess it also is almost a crutch to use Jason Schwartzman's
band as a sountrack for a Wes Anderson film, but the simple retro-pop of the album fits in very well with
the quirky nature of Anderson's aquatic universe.
6Kayo Dot
Blue Lambency Downward

Film: Mulholland Dr. :: David Lynch films are generally disturbing, confusing, and very interesting to watch
and discuss afterwards. Kayo Dot created an album in the same vein, with challenging music that makes
sense just long enough to suck you in, then changes so abruptly you have to keep listening to see where it
is headed.
Aim and Ignite

Film: The Royal Tenenbaums :: I don't think any album matches up with a film better than this one. The
overall epic nature of fun.'s pop music goes along perfectly with the fading opulence of the Tenenbaum
family and their misadventures.
8The Mars Volta
Frances the Mute

Film: Adaptation :: Adaptation is a film with many converging plot lines and time lines. Frances the Mute
captures this chaotic nature by taking an already crazy story line and putting behind it some of the most
interesting and unpredictable progressive music ever put to tape.
9Dinosaur Jr.

Film: Clerks :: It's hard to pick a soundtrack for a film as funny and as witty as Clerks. I picked Dino Jr.
because I just feel like this album could be playing on a radio in the back of the store or in the car the
entire movie and just feel like it belongs.
10Mr. Bungle
Disco Volante

Film: Un Chein Andalou :: What the hell is going on in this film? What the hell is going on in this album?
Either way, I love them both.
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