So in my review for Grouplove‘s “Let Me In” I had mentioned that I had yet to read the book, but now that I’ve read it…just ‘wow!’ The soundtrack for John Green’s tear-jerker of a novel-turned-film The Fault In Our Stars only adds to the emotion with a majority of the tracks written specifically for the movie. Each track brought the story to life in one of the best ways possible and I haven’t been able to say that in I don’t even know how long.
The entire soundtrack consists of very folk-sy sounding singer-songwriters types like Jake Bugg (who helps the listener envision the small town life in “Simple As This”) and Lykke Li (who contributes the saddest song on the entire soundtrack in “No One Ever Loved”). Ed Sheeran gives his vocals to its theme song, “All of the Stars,” and even did a double promo for his album and TFIOS on NBC’s The Voice in the form of a duet with contestant Christina Grimmie. All of the tracks have a light and delicate feel to them (including Grouplove, Charli XCX, and STRFKR) and an overabundance of melancholic indie tracks (Ray LaMontagne, M83, Indians, Tom Odell and Kodaline) successfully chronicle the plot line of being young kids in love that just so happen to have cancer too.
While I’m absolutely Team “Let Me In” because it perfectly captures the relationship between Augustus and Hazel and her fears of hurting him, I was also impressed by what The Radio Dept. and Birdy contributed to the album. The Radio Dept.’s “Strange Things Will Happen” brings irony and joy with lyrics about taking in the beauty of what’s around you and living every moment like it’s your absolute last *ugly cries* with lines like “today was a pretty day/no disappointments” and “autumn comes with these slight surprises where your life might twist and turn”. UK import Birdy has 3 songs that chronicle the highs (“Tee Shirt”) and lows (“Not About Angels”) of Hazel and Augustus’ relationship. Her bonus track with Jaymes Young called “Best Shot” is pretty much a reassurance that pure beauty and unconditional love can be experienced in the darkest of times.
In relation to the film adaptation, the tracks definitely added to the moment, whether it was joyful or gut-wrenchingly depressing. In an overall sense, The Fault In Our Stars has a lyrically and instrumentally stimulating soundtrack that perfectly captures that tone of every single moment of the book and film. You can definitely tell that they wanted the music to fit into the story but didn’t want the messages to be overpowered. Each of these eclectic and talented artists brought something utterly beautiful to the table to really bring everything to life. It’s by far one of the best soundtracks that I’ve heard in awhile and it succeeds in making you live the story as if it were your own. There seriously need to be more soundtracks like this.