How’s Rupert Wyatt’s “The Gambler” remake starring Mark Wahlberg? A bit uneven, but still entertaining. And its soundtrack? Well, we included it in our Best Soundtracks Of 2014 feature, so you know it’s worth a listen.
Out digitally as of yesterday in a surprise, “it’s here!” announcement, “The Gambler” soundtrack does not feature the score by Jon Brion and Theo Green, but does include a lot of choice cuts. The most emotional and heartbreaking is easily Dinah Washington’s “This Bitter Earth,” but also moving and soaring are the two tracks by M83. The film also includes a lot of covers: Billy Bragg covering Bob Dylan (“Don’t Think Twice, It’s Alright”), dub reggae group Easy Star All Stars covering Pink Floyd twice (“Money” and “Time”), and Scala & Kolacny Brothers’ choral/vocal cover of Radiohead’s “Creep.” St. Paul & The Broken Bones’ provide some cool, smoky soul akin to something you’d hear in a Scorsese movie, and Alan Price’s “Poor People” is an awesomely used ironic track pulled from Lindsay Anderson’s 1973 “O Lucky Man!” starring Malcolm McDowell.
Other notable tracks include songs by Pulp and Timber Timbre. “The Gambler” soundtrack is available now on iTunes, Amazon, and most digital retailers. Listen to the full soundtrack below. “The Gambler” movie hits theaters on December 25th. Lots of new photos on page two.
1. That Glow, St. Paul & The Broken Bones (2:34)
2. Don’t Think Twice, It’s Alright, Billy Bragg (2:53)
3. This Bitter Earth, Dinah Washington (2:26)
4. Money (feat. Dollarman), Easy Star All Stars (6:26)
5. Common People, Pulp (4:06)
6. Poor People, Alan Price (2:10)
7. Another Wave From You, M83 (1:54)
8. Time (feat. Ranking Joe), Easy Star All Stars (6:59)
9. Sunny, Ayo (3:15)
10. Creep (Explicit), Scala & Kolacny Brothers (4:52)
11. Chopin Etude 10, No. 3, Charles Roland Berry (4:19)
12. Good Time Man (Peter Amato Remix), Discognosis (6:13)
13. Demon Host, Timber Timbre (3:36)
14. Outro, M83 (4:05)
15. Airwaves, Ray LaMontagne (4:43)