White Bird in a Blizzard (Songs from the Film)

Songs By: Various Artists

Distributed by: Lakeshore Records

Reviewed by Melissa Minners


            Based on Laura Kasischke's book, White Bird in a Blizzard stars Shailene Woodley as Kat Connors, a young woman whose seemingly perfect homemaker mother (Eva Green)disappears.  At first, the fact that her mother is gone barely registers, but on a visit home from college, she learns the truth about her mother's departure and the events leading up to it.

            The White Bird in a Blizzard Soundtrack features songs by various artists like Tears for Fears, Depeche Mode, New Order, Love and Rockets, Everything But the Girl and the Pet Shop Boys.  According to film director Gregg Araki, "The book is divided into four distinct chapters chronicling the years between 1986 to 1989, for the film we’ve shifted a bit later to the late eighties/early nineties - a period that, culturally and especially musically, has always fascinated me...As anyone familiar with my movies knows, the music of that era which is used in the film - Depeche Mode, New Order, Cocteau Twins, etc. - that music was a huge influence and inspiration for me as a young artist, so the film pays homage to that."

            Thus, the album is mainly rock/pop with an 80s/early 90s feel.  All of the songs seem to have a similar theme - love lost, lost youth, troubled youth, the lives of damaged people.  One track in particular, Gone Forever, features an ethereal quality that might be an accompaniment to a dream sequence or something a bit more...unearthly. 

            While I immediately clued on to the time period of the film based on the songs, I have to say that the songs weren't all that enjoyable.  There were a couple I recognize from my...ahem...youth like Everybody Wants to Rule the World, Heartbreak Beat, Temptation and Behind the Wheel, but honestly, the rest of the music felt sort of flat.  It's a Mugs Game by Soft Cell speaks most of broken souls and damaged people, but it is a rather long and arduous listen.  If you are a diehard fan of the 80s/early 90s or a fan of the film, you might want to purchase the White Bird in a Blizzard Soundtrack.  Otherwise, I can't say I would buy it in a records store and I'm an 80s music fan.


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