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The 20 Soundtracks That Defined The 2000s
The sounds of a dark knight, a mischievous Parisian, a troubled family and one flying house

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The Royal Tenenbaums (2001)


The Royal Tenenbaums
Composer: Various Artists
Wes Anderson soundtracks are always a treat, butwhere Tenenbaums scores over even Rushmore and the more recent Moonrise Kingdom is in its sheer variety. Anderson picked tracks such as Nico’s These Days and Paul Simon’s Me And Julio Down By The Schoolyard for their emotional connection each scene or moment, rather than going for an overall theme. It still works. Plus, with Dylan, Ramones, the lush vocals of tragic L.A. troubadour Elliott Smith and more, it’s like a starter kit for cool music. The various soundtrack releases are united by Mark Motherbaugh’s typically wonderful score, which works particularly well on 111 Archer Avenue.

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