Yearning, disillusionment, humor, and catharsis are in the air in the teen romance/summer road movie Paper Towns, based on the young adult novel by John Green (The Fault in Our Stars). Its soundtrack comprises a contemporary indie spectrum, including indie rockers Vampire Weekend, Grouplove, HAIM, the Mountain Goats, Son Lux, and the War on Drugs, indie electronic artists Twin Shadow and Santigold, and Australian indie folk singer/songwriter Vance Joy among the 16 songs. Swedish EDM act Galantis rallies club beats and angst in the dance hit "Runaway (U & I) [Svidden & Jarly Remix]," and Alice Boman brings things down to earth with the hauntingly intimate "Be Mine." A viable alt-music soundtrack for its time and not just the film (à la Pretty in Pink and Garden State), Paper Towns hit the top half of the Billboard 200 after the movie's U.S. release in July 2015.
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AllMusic Review by Marcy Donelson