Like all of Wes's films the soundtrack works really well. He always picks songs that are emotionally appropriate if not entirely what you'd expect.
I was arguing with FilmThreat recently about soundtracks. He insists that the lyrics are crucial in film music--not that they need to comment literally on the action, but that viewers need them to be consistent with what's going on onscreen--and I say that you have a lot of wiggle room with the lyrics in movie songs. I gave some examples, but the example that I wish I'd used was Wes Anderson's soundtracks. I mean, "Oh Yoko" has absolutely nothing to do with the plot of Rushmore, not even thematically, but using that song just enhances the scene that it's in immeasurably. Similarly, in Tenenbaums there's a frantic montage underscored perfectly by "Me and Julio", a song which already has its own tightly-woven story line unrelated to the scene.
I never saw you look like this without a reason
Another promise fallen through, another season passes by you
I just found out about Stuart Adamson from Big Country. So sad. I can't imagine being so depressed or suicidal that being in Hawaii wouldn't recharge me for another few months at least. But you just never know what's going on inside someone's mind.
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