Aimee Mann – Magnolia (OST) (1999)

Imagine going to the movies, not knowing what movie is playing and then being confronted with Magnolia of more than three hours. In fact, it being so long I only realised this after watching it. One of the key ‘selling points’ is the music by Aimee Mann and Jon Brion. Aimee Mann’s low, nasal and somewhat flat (not as-in off key) supports the melancholy in the movie. it’s a very sad sad movie with very sad sad people. The opener One sets the mood for the entire soundtrack. Deathly eases in, but builds up to a very strong climax. Wise Up is yet another strong song. The Superramp tracks are OK, but are a bit misplaced imho.