I don't typically rate compilations and pure soundtracks (no film score) with five stars
but when one impacts me the way that Garden State's does, I have to make exceptions. This is a soundtrack that I listen to all the time because I love the way that it makes me feel. It's got a sense of hopeful melancholia to it and much like Life Is Strange's OST (which I often compare to this even though they aren't entirely similar) the music makes me "feel like I'm a hipster". Unlike a lot of people who tend to give the word hipster a negative connotation, I genuinely love that about this film.
I love how the music speaks to me as if I'm a person who's out on his own in a very big world trying to find where he belongs. A lot of these feelings naturally stem from each song's connotation within the film itself, but it's mainly the moody tone of the music, and the suggestive song titles like "In the Waiting Line" or "The Only Living Boy in New York" which gives me this sense of yearning and then ultimately, acceptance that no matter how bad things are, every thing's going to be ok.
You might have to find your infinite ditch to scream into, but in the end, you'll make it through whatever hardships are thrown your way. One of My Favorite Albums + Film Scores!