Deck-Brained: The Great Gatsby
The soundtrack for Baz Luhrmann’s highly stylized, pre-Depression epic The Great Gatsby is being pre-released in dribs and drabs, first as 30-second snippets, then as full versions. Ranging from jazzy to haunting, so far we’ve been treated to The XX, Florence + The Machine, Lana Del Rey, will.i.am, Bryan Ferry, and Jack White.
Then today, East Village Radio debuted Andre 3000 and Beyoncé’s cover of the late Amy Winehouse’s Back to Black. While tagged with the radio station’s name throughout—which pretty much ruins it—the moody duet makes one thing clear: Baz Luhrmann would really like the film to win an Oscar for Best Song—or Best Score, perhaps? The jury is still out as to whether the update “brings nothing” to the original, as Winehouse’s father has said. At least he and the estate are being paid handsomely for the privilege: “I can’t tell you how much it is, but it’s a lot of money.”
Andre 3000 and Beyoncé — Back to Black
The XX — Together
Florence + The Machine — Over the Love
Lana Del Rey — Young and Beautiful (Den Heath Remix)
Sia — Kill and Run