There have been some amazing soundtracks in our lifetime – there are some with songs almost universally known (particularly musicals such as Grease). But I guess for me to decide this, I need to think about the soundtracks I actually own, and which ones I listen to the most, and on that note I find one stands out of the crowd.
Sing-a-longs and Lullabies for the film Curious George, which is credited to Jack Johnson and friends (though mostly written by him), is an album that has often returned to my playlists in the several years since its release. The “friends” include the likes of G. Love, Matt Costa and Ben Harper, and the songs are mostly original compositions, though with a few covers thrown in and re-interpreted. Most impressively, it debuted on the Billboard charts at number one – an impressive feat for a soundtrack.
What I love about this album is that although it does have a more childlike feel – particularly with song titles such as “The Sharing Song” and “The 3 R’s” (as in, reduce, reuse and recycle) – it still retains that trademark Jack Johnson sound, the beach-evoking mellow vocals and guitar for which many the world over adore him, and so you don’t have to be a child to enjoy this soundtrack, because it kind of just sounds like another one of his albums anyway.
For me, this is actually one of his records I have listened to the most (although, to be honest, all of his albums have spent considerable time on rotation in my house and especially in my car (I like to sing in the car, what can I say)). Listen and watch the cute clip for the first song, “Upside Down”, and maybe you’ll see why I’m so fond of this particular soundtrack:
Have you heard this soundtrack before? What are your thoughts on it?
What’s your favourite soundtrack?