Margot at the Wedding
Music By: Various Artists
Distributed by: Lakeshore Records
Reviewed by Melissa Minners
Short-story writer Margot Zeller (Nicole Kidman) seems to create chaos wherever she goes. Razor-tongued and incredibly intelligent, Margot is nothing like her free-spirited estranged sister, Pauline (Jennifer Jason Leigh). When Margot with her son on a journey to her sister’s wedding, it comes as an incredible surprise. But who’s more surprised – Margot, Pauline, or her unemployed artist fiancé (Jack Black)? As the wedding approaches bringing one catastrophe after another, the two sisters learn that when your family is about to fall apart is when you cling to it the most. This is the story of Margot at the Wedding.
The soundtrack of Margot at the Wedding is comprised of a variety of music performed by various artists. The majority of the songs are about love – the joy of love, the sorrow of breaking up, the love for a child, you name it. Much of the music is from the 1970’s and 1980’s and the genres are across the board from rock to punk to folk music. I was happy to recognize quite a few old favorites like Romeo’s Tune by Steve Forbert, You and Me by Alice Cooper (yes, a love song by Alice Cooper and a very nice one I might add) and On and On by Stephen Bishop. See How We Are by X is a very telling song about life and how things have become rather harsh over the years. Another favorite song from this soundtrack would have to be Clair by Gilbert O’Sullivan. The song, seemingly influenced by the Beatles, is the story of the perfect love. When the song reaches the last verse you realize that O’Sullivan is singing about his daughter – how sweet!
Blondie is featured twice on this album with the songs Sunday Girl and Union City Blue. Steve Forbert is also featured twice, but his second song, Goin’ Down to Laurel, is so off key that it almost isn’t worth mentioning except for the lyrics. I’m a sucker for a good set of lyrics and this song tells a story if you can stand to listen to it. Unfortunately, not true for Something on Your Mind by Karen Dalton, the last track on the album and one I could do without.
All in all, the soundtrack of Margot at the Wedding is an incredibly enjoyable collection of songs that works perfectly as a stand alone album. Considering the lyrics of the songs, I can see how it would fit incredibly well with the subject matter of the movie. I’d like to compliment Music Supervisor George Drakoulias and Film Director Noah Baumbach for an enjoyable album that I am more than happy to add to my collection.