La La Land [Blue Vinyl] [OST] (LP)


Justin Hurwitz

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Amoeba Review

12/07/2016

Who says the American musical is dead? With Hamilton breaking box office records and now La La Land primed to sweep multiple Oscars, the classic form is back. La La Land, starring Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone, is a dreamscape version of Los Angeles where jazz musicians can turn rush hour traffic into an excuse to break into song and dance. Director Damien Chazelle and composer Justin Hurwitz have been carefully working on this film for over six years and it shows. The pastel landscapes and psychedelic wonder seem to be coated with swirling, beautiful background music that leads into song and dance routines that feel perfectly plausible in their fantasy of Los Angeles. Listening to the brief "Mia & Sebastian Theme," the melody starts off with a simple piano riff that is right out of the Arthur Freed unit from MGM's golden era. Suddenly, woodwinds slide in with some strings until it crescendos into a wave of emotion as the 95-piece orchestra erupts into a full blown Technicolor vision. But the highlights here are the songs, and a song like "City of Stars" is guaranteed to get millions of women swooning for Ryan Gosling all over again. The tender song is played solo on a piano with touches of a twinkling sound (perhaps from a vibraphone or celeste?) and a gentle whistling that hovers along. And then Gosling's growly timbre starts to croon into a lonely, sad feeling that shows off his talent as a singer, on top of being a great actor. La La Land is one of a kind and its soundtrack is an extraordinary testament to the film. 



Track Listing



Side A Titles
Artist
Length
1.
Another Day Of Sun
Cast Recording [Film] 03:48
2.
Someone In The Crowd
Emma Stone , Callie Hernandez , Jessica Rothe , Sonoya Mizuno 04:19
3.
Mia & Sebastian's Theme
Justin Hurwitz 01:37
4.
A Lovely Night
Emma Stone , Ryan Gosling 03:56
5.
Herman's Habit
Justin Hurwitz 01:51
6.
City Of Stars
Ryan Gosling 01:51
7.
Planetarium
Justin Hurwitz 04:17


Side B Titles
Artist
Length
1.
Summer Montage / Madeline
Justin Hurwitz 02:04
2.
City Of Stars
Emma Stone , Ryan Gosling 02:29
3.
Start A Fire
John Legend 03:12
4.
Engagement Party
Justin Hurwitz 01:27
5.
Audition (The Fools Who Dream)
Emma Stone 03:48
6.
Epilogue / The End
Justin Hurwitz 08:25
7.
City Of Stars (Humming)
Justin Hurwitz , Emma Stone 02:43

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