If you haven’t seen the film yet, then putting the songs into the context of the film is difficult – but it is still a soundtrack that will delight and soothe your troubles away.
From beginning to end this is a soundtrack that oozes class, elegance and consistently beautiful music that is a delight to listen to.
It has to be said that it is fantastic that La La Land as a film is revitalising the idea of musicals on screen and not just remakes (see the remake of Annie for example) but something with fresh new music and characters to enjoy.
There is just so much to be appreciated about its soundtrack. From the light, refreshing, bold if occasionally superficial in sound ‘Another Day’ to the lullaby style of ‘City of Stars’, it is a score that has been well composed by Justin Hurwitz, who combines reminders of classic musicals with a hint of contemporary to create a wonderfully rich and vibrant sound.
Some people might find it slightly difficult to emotionally engage with as everything is about it is so precise that it doesn’t allow us to really get close to it. Others might also find that Stone and Gosling’s vocals aren’t as polished as they could be, but in fact that could be seen as a bonus as you can detect a hint of their personalities and characters coming through.
Highlights of the album include the wonderfully delicate and elegant ‘Someone in the Crowd’ that really just hits the spot, while ‘City of Stars’ is certainly a song to be listened to and appreciated time and time again. But it would have been even better if the score was mixed up even more with some more songs such as ‘Start a Fire’ which uplifts the album to another level and fascinating to listen to.
Overall, it is one of the most charming and elegant albums to listen to right now and has as much to offer those who love music as well as those who loved seeing La La Land.
La La Land the original motion picture soundtrack is available to buy through Amazon now.