Considering my work as both a film critic and a music critic, it’s rare that I actually talk about how they intersect. Most movies have scores or soundtracks, right? Right. But for reasons I haven’t landed on yet, I’ve never thought much about scores or soundtracks on the movie beat. I just think about the movie.
But I’ve been writing about music enough recently that I can’t think of any excuse not to exercise that muscle with the movie muscle at the same time, so here we are! Good films this year had good music supporting them, and some truly wretched films had pretty awesome soundtracks – not awesome enough to be redemptive, but still awesome.
I helped compile this bighugelarge year-end list of 2021’s best soundtracks for The Playlist.