“The Great Gatsby” is a novel written by American author F. Scott Fitzgerald and it takes place during the Roaring Twenties, an era of jazz music, loosening morals, bootleg kings and all the glitz and glam that went along with it.
Various artists are featured on the soundtrack, “Music From Baz Luhrmann’s Film The Great Gatsby” from Interscope Records and it is executive produced by one of hip-hop’s greatest entrepreneurs, Jay-Z.
The soundtrack is a modern twist to the Jazz era of the 1920s where horns and percussion can be heard throughout the songs, with a mix of hip-hop, rock, pop and electronic music.
Some of today’s hottest artists will be featured on the soundtrack from the queen herself, Beyoncé, to Will.I.Am from the Black Eyed Peas, up to the beautiful and retro, soulful vocalist Lana Del Rey, who can be recognized from singing “Who Wore Blue Velvet” in the H&M commercial.
Each song follows the theme of the romantic drama, dangerous and sexy all-in-one.
The only song I could have done without was Emeli Sandé’s cover of Beyoncé’s “Crazy In Love” accompanied by The Bryan Fair Orchestra.
No matter how much I tried to get myself to enjoy it, it just didn't go along with the flow of the soundtrack.
André 3000 and Beyoncé’s cover of the late Amy Winehouse’s song “Back to Black” pulls you in with its slow-dark-twisted dub beat. It reminds me of a love story gone wrong.
Coco O. of Quadron just wants to have a good time in her song “Where The Wind Blows,” singing along to a looped player piano and what sounds like drums.
Will.I.Am, who is also featured on the soundtrack, shares the spotlight with group mate Fergie who shows of her 1920s style vocals in the Q-Tip & GoonRock collaboration “A Little Party Never Hurt No Body (All We Got.)”
The track mixes in house music and pop, with Fergie showing how the ladies really sang in the 1920s. The track will also be featured in one of the big party scenes in “The Great Gatsby" movie.
The soundtrack wouldn't be anything without a track from the executive producer himself, Jay-Z. In the intro of his song “100$ Bill” you can hear Jay Gatsby, played by Leonardo DiCaprio saying, “My life has got to be like this. It’s got to keep going up,” which he also says at the end of the movie trailer. Jay-Z raps about the lavish life, money and continuing to rise to the top over a hard bub beat and snippets of Gatsby voices.
My all-time favorite song comes from Lana Del Rey, called “Young and Beautiful,” which can also be found in the trailer of the movie. It’s the perfect love song. You can hear the sadness in hear soulful, raspy voice. Every word is sung with passion and the soothing melody of the piano and the strong sounds of the drums pieces her words together so beautifully. Lana Del Rey was the absolute best artist to bring this song and the love story in the film to life.
“The Great Gatsby” soundtrack also features songs from The xx, Nero, Jack White, Sia, Gotye and Florence & The Machine. A deluxe version of the soundtrack can be purchased on iTunes, which has 22 tracks instead of the regular 14. The Grammy-winning single by Jay-Z, Kanye West and Frank Ocean, “No Church In The Wild” will also be included in the deluxe package.