Executive produced by director Baz Luhrmann and Jay-Z , the much anticipated soundtrack can currently be listened to on online service Rdio.com or purchased on iTunes.
Jay-Z, Beyoncé, Lana Del Ray, Jack White, will.i.am, Florence + The Machine, The XX, and others are all featured on the album.
The film opens in theatres May 10.
Here’s what a few of the music reviews are saying:
“The Jay-Z-produced musical roller coaster mixes electronica, hip-hop and rock with jazz-age sounds into a breathy, sexy, dangerous, electric result. It was to be expected from the master of mind-blowing pastiche, director Baz Luhrmann, to create a totally anachronistic companion to his lush film that works to drive the story’s point home – illusionary love, the excess of the leisure classes, the curse of money.”
“Not everything works. Lana Del Rey’s ‘Young and Beautiful’ is meant to be one of the album’s centerpieces; instead, it’s inert, a drag. But the LP conjures a consistent mood of noirish, doomed romance – and succeeds, in songs like Will.i.am’s lovably doofy ‘Bang Bang,’ in mashing up hip-hop with 1920s-style dance music.”
“Executive produced by Jay-Z (who also holds a producing credit for the film), the Gatsby soundtrack seems, on the whole, to be an extraordinary melding of vintage and contemporary sounds, fulfilling Jay-Z and Luhrmann’s goal to ‘translate Jazz Age sensibilities’ into something that can speak to, and enchant, the modern listener.”
Now listen to a few of the songs in their entirety and judge for yourselves:
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