I love a good soundtrack album. A good soundtrack album highlights the narrative of a movie. It provides a beat-by-beat visceral reminder of that movie’s significant moments, while bringing a contributing artist out of their self-enclosed zone and forcing them to create something to service a wider story, or at least to define a visual moment within their own, unique sound.
At their best, soundtrack albums can transcend the movie itself and provide a listening journey all their own, akin to a concept album of the highest water. The very best, for me, become an entity in their own right: you don’t have to watch the movie at all to appreciate the nuances, the narrative, and the emotional impact of the music within.
Here, then, are five of my favourites.
Five for Friday: Soundtrack Albums.