By Madison Iszler, Teenlink correspondent
11:57 AM PST, February 12, 2013
The film “Safe Haven,” to be released Feb. 14, is the story of Katie Feldman (Julianne Hough), a mysterious young woman who settles in North Carolina. Her friendship with a widower allows her to confront her pain-ridden past and attempt to love and trust others again.
The “Safe Haven” soundtrack features 13 different songs by artists including Colbie Caillat, Ben Howard, Lissie and Dar Williams. All of the songs are relatively slow-paced, mostly acoustic and relaxing.
The soundtrack features songs by many lesser-known artists, some of which are worth being discovered.
“We Both Know” is a song by Colbie Caillat featuring Gavin DeGraw. Colbie’s soft, ambient murmurs wonderfully compliment Gavin’s raspy, gravelly tone. The background instrumentals keep the song upbeat, but are quiet enough to allow the artists’ voices to be clearly heard; each word is distinct.
The line “Once you find the one you claim it / But you’re gonna have to fight” echoes Katie’s thoughts in the film, as she grapples with the fear of letting down her guard and letting others in. Her struggle is reflected in the lyrics: “From this moment, forget what we were scared of / Say you’re never giving up / Say you’ll always try to be my helping hand / Try to be the one who understands.”
The combination of slow piano notes with a gentle beat gives “Heart’s Content” by Brandi Carlile a calming, coffee shop sound.
At certain points in the tune, Brandi’s crooning is reminiscent of Adele’s vocals.
In flattering contrast to the exciting, suspenseful feeling of the film, the “Safe Haven” soundtrack offers peace in the eye of the storm.