by Angela Low
Title: Guardians of the Galaxy: Awesome Mix Vol. 1 (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)
Artiste: Various artistes
No. of tracks: 12 tracks
Available now on iTunes and Spotify
It’s not a film score. It’s a soundtrack album. But really, it’s just another mix tape of old school tracks. Guardians of the Galaxy may be a modern-day Marvel action blockbuster, but its musical counterpart reflects none of its genre.
From Marvin Gaye’s “Ain’t No Mountain High Enough” to The Jackson 5’s “I Want You Back”, Awesome Mix Vol. 1 is jam-packed with 1970s hits. It’s a bizarre pairing, the soundtrack and the movie. But it makes absolute sense once the storyline enters the picture.
What’s surprising is how the record jumped to the number-one spot on the American Billboard charts. The last time this happened to a movie soundtrack, the entire globe chanted endlessly to the lyrics of Frozen’s songs. Needless to say, Awesome Mix Vol. 1 has proven to be true to its name.
Seamless segues and feel-good nostalgia makes this a quality compilation. To hear the retro vocal reverbs and the raw acoustic instruments is to take us through an aural “throwback Thursday”, where the grooves were heavier and the tunes, less robotic. The best bits of the album were where the “boogie-down” beats were. And one can’t possibly go wrong with the irreplaceable classic that is Rupert Holmes’ “Escape (The Piña Colada Song)”.
That said, all the soundtrackhas done is recycle old songs for a new movie. Other “blast-from-the-past” playlists haven’t experienced the same effect of virality because they haven’t had the privilege of enjoying the same oxygen of publicity that came with a Marvel picture.