“Morning Glory,” a film about chasing your dreams and how those dreams can change as life plays out, has a standout soundtrack with a song fit for each stage of life that everyone can relate to.
The film, starring Rachel McAdams as the ambitious, over-worked Becky Fuller, incorporates the struggles and emotions of the main character with its wide variety of tracks ranging from the acoustic soul of Colin Hay to the energetic pop of Natasha Bedingfield.
Bedingfield’s “Strip Me,” the song featured on the film’s previews is an empowering and fitting theme for the movie.
The song’s inspiring chorus sings “Take what you want. Steal my pride. Build me up or cut me down to size. Shut me out, but I’ll just scream. I’m only one voice in a million, but you ain’t taking that from me.”
Coupled with Bedingfield’s powerful vocals and a back-track to match, the song is able to immediately put listeners in a good mood and is an effective positive anthem, without coming out corny like most similar efforts.
Hay is an indie-infused new wave singer with a raw and real voice which instantly attracts all music enthusiasts to his seemingly effortless vocal talents.
Hay’s song, “Waiting for My Real Life to Begin,” is a beautiful ballad that makes listeners not only question their lives in the aspect of “What if?” but allows them to evaluate what they already have instead of always shooting for more.
A great pop-folk band, The Weepies, is also showcased in the film with its hit “Same Changes.”
The song is a perfect example of lead singer Deb Talan’s unique, lullabye-like vocals and the group’s charming lyrical skills. Also check out “World Spins Madly On” and “Gotta Have You” by the band.
“Gone in the Morning” by English pop/folk singer Newton Faulker is an irresistably catchy tune found on the film, tapping into the story’s upbeat theme.
Overall, “Morning Glory” is a great soundtrack, not only for its ability to portray its “never give up” plot through music, but for its display of witty tunes and showcase of underground artists.
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