If you pick up this CD you may not recognize the artists or the songs at first glance. The soundtrack reads like a hip indie kids mix tape. It is lovingly crafted, sequenced perfectly and exposes you to something new and very wonderful. While it’s cleaning up and the box office it is likely to be one of the most purchased, downloaded and listened to soundtracks of 2008.
the collection follows the mood and immaturity of the movie perfectly. The soundtrack was obviously put together by music fans and for music fans. There is no shelf fillers on this soundtrack which makes it thoughtful and gut wretching.
Most people may recognize the Kinks ’A Well Respected Man’ or Buddy Holly’s ’Dearest’. But they probably have no idea who the Moldy Peaches are or Kimya Dawson. Dawson was 1/2 of the Peaches and steals the soundtrack. While her voice may be difficult for some, you can feel Juno, imagine Juno as the one singing the songs. ’So Nice So Smart’ is well placed and ’Loose Lips’ sounds fresh even when the song remains 5+ years old.
Sonic Youth covering The Carpenter’s ’Superstar’ seemed to fit 2008 as much as it did when I first listened to it in 1994. The moment in the movie where the 37 year old Mark first begins to connect with Juno leading to a defining moment in the movie when Juno introduces Mark to Mott The Hoople’s ’All The young Dudes’.
There ar emany other standouts. Juno will be remembered as the runaway surprise hit of 2008 at the box offfice and hears hoping that people grab this record and let it sink in. The best soundtrack in 10 years.
9 Stars out of 10