Show of hands: Who has read The Great Gatsby since we were required to read it in freshman year English class? No one?
OK, well let me tell you what happens. It’s 1922. Jay Gatsby is a mysterious millionaire in a lavish mansion who throws huge parties, is in love with Daisy Buchanan, and the whole thing is set to hip and modern dance music written and produced by Jay-Z.
While you can’t buy the whole thing until May 7, a preview with 30-second clips of (most of) the tracks has hit the web. If the clips are any indication, the soundtrack is awesome.
The clips start with will.i.am’s “Bang Bang,” which (as he is want to do) Will raps over a version of another song — “The Charleston.” Maybe not the most original idea from Will, but the juxtaposition of old music and new styling certainly sets the tone for the whole soundtrack — if not the whole movie.
Also bridging that gap between the old and new is a stylish roaring '20s cover of Beyoncé’s “Crazy in Love” by The Bryan Ferry Orchestra and Emeli Sandé.
Other highlights on the sampler include: Lana del Rey’s moody “Young and Beautiful” (which pretty much tells Gatsby and Daisy’s love affair in song), Florence + The Machine’s soaring “Over the Love”, and Jack White’s cover of U2’s “Love is Blindness.”
Noticeably absent from the sampler, however, is the much anticipated Beyoncé and André 3000 cover of Amy Winehouse’s "Back to Black.” Plus, there’s no Jay-Z. But these song samples will definitely tide us over until we can buy the entire soundtrack.
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