First -time screenwriter, director and actor Zach Braff does an outstanding job of harmonizing his delightful film, "Garden State" with the music on this soundtrack. Classic films such as "Easy Rider," "Almost Famous" and "The Graduate" will come to mind when watching "Garden State". Several films are equally remembered for their scenes as for their music and that is the case in "Garden State." But let's step away from the film and concentrate on the CD. The first time I heard this disc I enjoyed it; all of it, because all of its 13 tracks flow into each other like a calm tepid lake on a Sunday afternoon. Interestingly, Braff picked several known composers for this disc yet more than a few of the songs are obscure. Listen to songs by: Coldplay, The Shins, Zero 7, Colin Hay (former Men at Work singer), Cary Brothers, Remy Zero, Nick Drake, Thievery Corporation, Simon & Garfunkel, Iron & Wine and Bonnie Somerville. This CD is a perfect compendium to the film, yet either is perfectly viable on its own merits. Check out this wonderful film filled with goofballs you'll probably recognize from your own life. The CD is just as good as the film…why not enjoy both?

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