First Listen: Music from The Great Gatsby

As someone who still regularly listens to the Moulin Rouge soundtrack, the prospect of a soundtrack to The Great Gatsby — which to me stands as one of the greatest novels of all time — is utterly enticing. What we have here is a stellar lineup of musical talent supplying the sonic backdrop for one our age’s boldest auteurs, Baz Luhrmann. Bringing the album’s highlights are Jack White and Florence And The Machine, with the latter especially delivering a chorus so heart-wrenching it’s easy to feel like Gotye, who contributes his classic, Hearts A Mess, to the table. This film already promises to be one of the most talked about events of the year, as well as one of my favourite films ever. Absurd though it may be to anticipate such a development, surely my impregnable appreciation for Luhrmann, Leonardo DiCaprio, the casting of Tobey Maguire in his character, the soundtrack and all the trailers render the prospect of disappointment unlikely? Right?

The album’s available to be streamed over at NPR.

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