The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby

Songs By: Various Artists

Distributed by: Lakeshore Records

Reviewed by Melissa Minners


                The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby is a tragic love story in three parts.  There's Her, the version that tells the story through the eyes of Eleanor (Jessica Chastain); there's Him, the version told through the eyes of Connor (James McAvoy) and then there's Them, a combination of the first two that unites the stories of Him and Her.  Eleanor and James are a young happily married couple living in New York.  While Connor spends his days working in a restaurant, Eleanor returns to college to further her education.  What starts as an idyllic life together becomes strained as the two realize that marriage is a difficult road full of compromises and hurdles to overcome.

                The soundtrack of The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby features thirteen songs by various artists including Cat Power, Pink Skull, Leisure Cruise, James Webber, Elliphant and more.  The music is mostly alternative with a couple of dance and hip hop tracks.  According to the film's writer/director Ned Benson, the movie was written while listening to this music, with some scenes written to the rhythm of certain tracks. 

                That being said, I wonder just how this movie flows.  For me, The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby Soundtrack was an epic fail.  There really isn't anything noteworthy on this album.  None of the thirteen tracks really grabs you.  I will be honest and say that I did get a chuckle out of the title of one song - Blue Ball Blues by Max Kagan and Scott Weinshank - but for the most part, though the music was often times head-nod worthy, the lyrics were really lacking. 

                This is one time when I can truly say that the soundtrack of the film did nothing to inspire me to want to see it.  Thus, I can't recommend this album to my readers.  It just isn't worth wasting your hard earned money over.


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