I Melt With You

Music by: Various Artists

Distributed by: Lakeshore Records

Reviewed by Melissa Minners


            The movie, I Melt With You, stars Thomas Jane, Jeremy Piven, Rob Lowe and Christian McKay as college friends who get together for one weekend each year in celebration of their friendship and catch up on each other’s lives.  On the surface, they look like ordinary guys living ordinary lives, but as the weekend progresses and they take things to excessive levels, their reunion offers up startling revelations and forces each of them to take a serious look at the lives they lead.

            The music of I Melt With You is heavily steeped in rock ‘n’ roll, particularly in the punk rock scene, in keeping with the ages of the characters.  After all, this would be the genre of music they would have been partying to while in college.  The soundtrack was a walk down memory lane for me as I listened to bands that I, too, grew up with - groups like Adam and the Ants, Filter and Modern English.

            There are a lot of great rockin’ songs, and if you are a fan of guitar driven tracks, this soundtrack has a great deal to offer with songs like Maggot Brain by Funkadelic, Skyscraper by Julian Plenti and Kundalini Express by Love and Rockets.  My particular favorites were Hey Man, Nice Shot by Filter and I Melt With You 2011 by Modern English.  Fans of the original song by Modern English will be floored by this unusual version of the popular track.  At first I sort of stared at the player thinking, “What happened to the music?”  But as I listened, I realized that the change in the music actually makes the lyrics stand out more.

            Fans of 80s and 90s rock ‘n’ roll are really going to enjoy this album.  Of course, if you weren’t much into this era of music, the I Melt With You Soundtrack may not be for you.  As for myself, although I am not a fan of all the songs - I never like Caribou by The Pixies when it played on the radio in the late 90s and I still don’t like it - I actually found myself enjoying the album quite a bit.  The folks that chose the songs for this film did a great job putting together music that would reflect the characters of the movie.


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