“The Fault In Our Stars” is coming out this weekend…I repeat, THIS WEEKEND!!
After reading the book in a matter of days and watching the trailer an embarrassing amount of times, the release is coming upon us. If you’re a soundtrack nerd like me, you’ve already listened to the soundtrack and it’s…. phenomenal.
I thought I could break down some of the songs that I really love from the soundtrack and I hope you get to listen to them before you see the movie. Understanding a song and its meaning can go a long way when you finally see it paired with a movie scene in the theatre.
In case you are behind and haven’t read the book or even heard of the movie (AKA you probably live on another planet) here’s a quick synopsis:
The Fault In Our Stars follows the life of Hazel Lancaster who is suffering from terminal cancer and the man she meets that changes her outlook on everything. Hazel’s character is incredibly cynical, but in a sort of comical way. Right from the beginning you know she has a tremendous heart, especially for her family. Her mother and father take care of her every need at the drop of a hat. Her mother is extremely overbearing, yet wonderfully human. She says what any mother would say to their daughter. Hazel’s father is emotional, which makes him a very sensitive character throughout this heart wrenching story.
And Gus… Hazels beautifully brilliant love interest. Who has a similar life as Hazel does. He’s been through his fair share of medical treatments and falls for Hazel immediately. Their love is undeniable yet innocent. Neither of them have a long list of lovers, but that doesn’t stop them from taking an unexpected adventure together through what could be the last great moments of their young lives. Gus’ chivalric gestures and smooth talking could sweep any girl off her feet, even the hard boiled Hazel. The best thing about Gus is his sickeningly positive outlook on life. No matter what he’s dealt, his silver lining always seems to be in view. Gus is a wonderfully refreshing element to this inspiring story.
So lets dive in to this soundtrack:
“All I Want” by Kodaline: This song is as simple as it sounds and could not be more fitting for this film. The rich lyrics say “Take my body, all I want is, and all I need is, to find somebody.” Slow guitars, tambourines, and sleepy vocals perfect this song. After listening to this song in all of its 5 minute glory, your heart will either be mended or broken. This song expresses passion between two people.
“Boom Clap” by Charli XCX: If you’ve seen the movie trailer, you have heard this song. Charli may be “Fancy-ing” up the charts, but this is truly HER song this time. Charli’s pop nasally voice soars on this song as she explains the power of young love; “First kiss just like a drug, under your influence, you take me over you’re the magic in my veins.” This song captures the positive and fun moments Hazel and Gus have together as their love grows stronger for each other.
“Long Way Down” by Tom Odell: Grab your tissues, because this one really pulls at the heart strings. A flawless piano melody floods this song as Odell patiently sings every word with perfected ease. This song puts life into perspective, it reminds me of the many times Hazel thinks about life. She questions what’s important and why. “She stands on the ledge, she says, ‘it looks so high’ You know it’s a… long way down.” BRB- crying…
“Oblivion” by Indians: This song reminds me of the band called Band of Horses. Their songs remind you of something you would hear while star gazing on the green grass with your really cute boyfriend on a warm June night…(at least that’s what I’ve seen in movies). In that case, I guess this song speaks for itself in terms of why it fits in on this soundtrack.
“Not About Angels” by Birdy: This song is so unbelievable. If you’ve never heard of Birdy before, you need to catch up. This young girl is a serious light. Her heartbreakingly petite vocals litter this song to no end. The lyrics were made for this love story; “How unfair, it’s just our love, found something real that’s out of touch, but if you’d searched the whole wide world, would you dare to let it go?” Hazel and Gus have found love, but they do realize that one day they will no longer be here. What happens to that love? It’s so unfair to have to let something like that go. Birdy absolutely drenches this song in pure emotion.
“Wait” by M83: If you know this band, you know they can produce some seriously powerful stuff; “Wait” is no different. Stretching to about 5 and a half minutes, this song really builds. Halfway through the song the words “No Time” are echoed until the end. No time seems to be a metaphor for everything in this story. No time for sickness, no time for hatred, no time for happiness, no time for sadness, no time for love. The anxious guitars, drums, and strings fade this song into a powerful ballad leaving you enlightened (as most M83 songs do).
Do yourself a favor and go see “The Fault In Our Stars” this weekend. Okay?