Don’t Adjust That Dial, You’ve Found the 6 Songs from The Adjustment Bureau Soundtrack

There are six songs in The Adjustment Bureau, including two from Richard Ashcroft, former frontman of The Verve. Lucky Man is still one of my favorite songs, so needless to say, I was excited to hear Ashcroft in the movie. The Ashcroft songs are bookends for The Adjustment Bureau. The first, “Future’s Bright,” opens the movie as David Norris is running for the senate. The latter, “Are You Ready?,” appears during the end credits.

I had the same verve of a reaction when I realized that The Adjustment Bureau was based on a short story by Philip K. Dick. There are a great many of his stories that have been turned into movies – Blade Runner and Total Recall are at the top of the list for me. I’d put Adjustment Bureau near there as well – certainly higher than Next and Paycheck – maybe somewhere near Minority Report. The movie kind of reminded me of The Candidate, if it were told by JJ Abrams within a dream in which Frank Capra was telling a tall tale.

Besides the two songs from Ashcroft, the rest of the soundtrack for The Adjustment Bureau is a ragtag bunch, including a remix of Fever and a tune from They Might Be Giants, each good in their own right, but making for an interesting mix here. I could not for the life of me figure out where the They Might Be Giants song was in the movie, nor where the Gleedsville song was either. Sorry for the holes in the scene list. Perhaps my viewing experience was adjusted for the chairman’s shits and giggles. Google gave me no more relief.

The score for the movie is appropriately pensive, with a little bit of clarinet, followed by a slow guitar and strings. It paints a lush landscape – one where your brain may wander unto itself, asking questions about free will and those purposeful accidents that have made you who you are today. My favorite line from the movie came early, after Norris accidentally sees an adjustment happening. He is sitting in the bar trying to remember Elise’s number. Harry tells him: “your entire world just turned upside down and you’re thinking about a woman”. This could describe any number of scenes from a Matt Damon movie. It could also capture what makes us fundamentally human, and subject to the tantrums of fate. Love.

What would you do? Risk your life and hers? Choose a destiny of promise or make a promise that destiny says you can’t keep? Would you counter that clock and turn the door opposite?

While you decide, take a look at the complete list of all six songs from The Adjustment Bureau Soundtrack. I was able to figure out which scenes for of the six songs were in. If you can figure out where the They Might Be Giants song is in the movie, I’d greatly appreciate it.

Original music for The Adjustment Bureau – Thomas Newman

And a little more from the score to The Adjustment Bureau:


~ by montelutz on June 27, 2011.

One Response to “Don’t Adjust That Dial, You’ve Found the 6 Songs from The Adjustment Bureau Soundtrack”

  1. Odd coincidence or what goes around, comes around? Ashcroft & a remix on the Verve label on the same soundtrack – the same label who threatened to sue Ashcroft et al for use of the name. Ashcroft in those hazy days gave them a sarcastic finger & said the band were “dropping an ‘e’ for America” & considered playing as Verv but ultimately added the definitive prefix & became The Verve.

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