Since it’s more or less a music director’s mixtape, a movie soundtrack is bound to be at least good. Sometimes you get something great (The Breakfast Club, Top Gun); sometimes you get something… not so great (Alvin and the Chipmunks, Britney Spears’ Crossroads).
Fortunately, American Hustle tends towards greatness, with a selection that includes hits like Elton John’s ‘Goodbye Yellow Brick Road’ and Tom Jones’ ‘Delilah’, as well as tracks like Mayssa Karaa’s Arabic cover of Jefferson Airplane’s ‘White Rabbit’ and an unreleased Jeff Lynne track called ‘Stream of Stars’.
While I haven’t seen the movie, this soundtrack really captures the era it is set in (the late seventies and early eighties), or at least a version of it. While not all the music is from that particular era (I’m looking at you Tom Jones, and especially you Duke Ellington), there is still a particular feeling to the tracks. And you really can’t go wrong by opening with a little Duke Ellington.
Also, there are two Electric Light Orchestra tracks on here, which is definitely a win in my book. So pick it up if you liked the movie, or if you love a good soundtrack. Hell, pick it up anyway.
Release: out now via Sony
Written by Cameron Brogden