Noted “Tom Hiddleston as F. Scott Fitzgerald” enthusiast Meghan O’Keefe and I take on The Great Gatsby and debate each track on this epic soundtrack. How did Beyonce do on her cover of Amy Winehouse? How does Florence Welch compare to Lana Del Rey and Sia?
1. Jay-Z, “100$ Bill”
SL: A solid rap track from Hova. The movie dialogue is the only thing that derails the song. It’s distracting, whereas everything else (from the horns, “$100 bill” repeats) all makes sense. 3 1/2 out of 5
MO: I actually like the movie dialogue because I enjoy motion pictures. I also like that they’re quotes from the book because it’s fun to imagine F. Scott Fitzgerald writing lines like, “Her voice is full of money,” with the dream that a rapper and entrepreneur in 2013 would one day incorporate them into his song. “The book is great, Zelda, but it’s missing one thing!” “What?” “The dialogue should be set to a style of music that hasn’t been invented yet!” “What?” “Are you drunk?” “Of course!” “Okay.” But I also give it a 3 1/2 out of 5 because it’s good, but not great, but also not terrible.
2. Beyoncé and André 3000, “Back to Black”
SL: This is the biggest disappointment on the soundtrack. With everyone hunger for new music, Beyonce should have gone with an original instead of trying to take on and failing to bring new life to one of Amy Winehouse’s best songs. 1 out of 5
MO: I think the arrangement of this is sleepy and practically smothers the angst out of the song. Also, Beyonce lives such a perfect life that she can’t convey the same bitter pain in her voice that Amy could. Boo. Also 1 out of 5.