Youth in Revolt

Songs By Various Artists

Distributed by: Lakeshore Records

Reviewed by Melissa Minners


            Youth in Revolt, a movie adaptation of C.D. Payne’s 1993 epistolary novel, stars Michael Cera as Nick Twisp, a sixteen-year-old outcast.  When Nick meets the beautiful and intelligent Sheeni Saunders (Portia Doubleday), he decides that she’s the woman for him.  Unfortunately, she barely even knows he exists, so he comes up with an alter-ego that gives him the strength and attitude to become exactly the sort of individual Sheeni would be interested.  Only one problem - his alter-ego goes out of control, making Nick a wanted criminal.  Can Nick clear his name AND win the girl?

            The soundtrack of Youth in Revolt features music by various artists such as Fruit Bats, Little Wings, Jacques Dutronc, Fatlip, and more.  The musical style of this soundtrack is rather eclectic featuring rap, indie rock, folk music and jazz.  The first track, When You Love Somebody by Fruit Bats, is a fun song with great guitars and percussion.  Despite the fact that the lyrics are lacking, the song is quite enjoyable and a great way to start off the album.

            I truly enjoyed the rap song What’s Up Fatlip? by Fatlip, which caused me to chuckle a few times.  The best tracks on the album had no lyrics at all.  Created by John Swihart, these tracks are terrific albeit a bit too short.  My favorite song on the entire album is My Romance, a love song with incredibly sweet lyrics created in 1935 by Richard Rodgers and Lorenz Hart and performed beautifully by Jo Stafford on this soundtrack.  The fact that this song is toward the end of the soundtrack may signify whether Nick gets his girl.  If so, it’s a very sweet way to describe how Nick feels about Sheeni.

            Like many soundtracks out there, the Youth in Revolt Soundtrack is quite enjoyable.  There are a few tracks that might make you cringe once or twice, but they hardly take away from the enjoyment of the rest of the music on the album.  This is a soundtrack worth checking out for music lovers of any taste.


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