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Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind Soundtrack

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With his soundtrack for Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, Jon Brion has carefully crafted music every bit as quirky (and fascinating) as the movie itself. As he did with Magnolia and Punch Drunk Love, Brion has made a varied score filled with odd instrumentation, infectious melodies, and at least one or two near-perfect pop songs. Best of all, these offbeat tracks compliment the movie incredibly well, and stand on their own as great listening. Mood-wise, this soundtrack is all over the map: "Row" is a simple, haunting piano solo; the movie's opening theme sounds like the austere and melancholic notes of an antique music box; while the strings on "Drive In" are playful and inquisitive. Even the non-instrumental tracks are gems: Beck's "Everybody's Gotta Learn Sometime" and Brion's "Strings That Tie You" rank among these artists' best songs. A handful of well-chosen tracks from E.L.O., the Polyphonic Spree, and the Willowz rounds out this thought provoking disc. A gem. --Jason Verlinde

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  1. ThemeJon Brion 2:23$1.29  Buy MP3 
  2. Mr. Blue SkyElectric Light Orchestra 5:03$1.29  Buy MP3 
  3. Collecting ThingsJon Brion 1:13$1.29  Buy MP3 
  4. Light & DayThe Polyphonic Spree 3:03$1.29  Buy MP3 
  5. BookstoreJon Brion0:52$1.29  Buy MP3 
  6. Section 2 (It's The Sun) (Kcrw)The Polyphonic Spree 5:33$1.29  Buy MP3 
  7. Wada Na TodLata Mangeshkar 5:54$1.29  Buy MP3 
  8. ShowtimeJon Brion0:55$1.29  Buy MP3 
  9. Everybody's Got To Learn SometimeBeck 5:51$1.29  Buy MP3 
10. Sidewalk FightJon Brion0:31$1.29  Buy MP3 
11. Some Kinda ShuffleDon Nelson 2:10$1.29  Buy MP3 
12. Howard Makes It All Go AwayJon Brion0:14$1.29  Buy MP3 
13. SomethingThe Willowz 2:23$1.29  Buy MP3 
14. PostcardJon Brion0:22$1.29  Buy MP3 
15. I WonderThe Willowz 2:56$1.29  Buy MP3 
16. Peer PressureJon Brion 1:12$1.29  Buy MP3 
17. A Dream Upon WakingJon Brion 3:35$1.29  Buy MP3 
18. Strings That Tie To YouJon Brion 2:32$1.29  Buy MP3 
19. Phone CallJon Brion 1:02$1.29  Buy MP3 
20. Nola's BounceDon Nelson 1:56$1.29  Buy MP3 
21. Down The DrainJon Brion0:54$1.29  Buy MP3 
22. RowJon Brion0:59$1.29  Buy MP3 
23. Drive InJon Brion 2:19$1.29  Buy MP3 
24. Main TitleJon Brion 1:21$1.29  Buy MP3 
25. Spotless MindJon Brion 1:11$1.29  Buy MP3 
26. Elephant ParadeJon Brion0:26$1.29  Buy MP3 

Product Details

  • Audio CD (March 16, 2004)
  • Original Release Date: March 19, 2004
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Soundtrack
  • Label: Hollywood Records
  • Run Time: 108 minutes
  • ASIN: B0001IXU1W
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (52 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #11,352 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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25 of 27 people found the following review helpful By E. J. Sawdey on March 16, 2004
Format: Audio CD
Charlie Kaufman's movies have been brilliant, twisting, beautiful pieces of work. Some complain, but the average intelligent individual knows that, though flawed, each is one of the most original pieces of work you'll see in the given year. And fortunately, the soundtracks tend to match the film's with a wonderous grace and beauty.
"Being John Malkovich" featured Carter Burwell's saddest score to date, two mixes of a brand-new Bjork song, and the irresitable "Malkovich Masterpiece". Lesser-known (and Gondy-directed) "Human Nature" had an eclectic mix of jazz, pop, classical, and musical numbers ("Hair Everywhere"), and was a wonderful piece of work. The "Adaptation" score (also Burwell) was very understated and calm, featuring a bad Fatboy Slim mix and an excellent 60's classic ("Happy Together") which fit the film perfectly. And finally, the excellent pop-through-the-decades compilation that was the "Confessions of a Dangerous Mind" soundtrack beat all, featuring everything from Donovan & Freddy "Boom Boom" Cannon to Alex Wurman's score and a techno-remix by little-known dance act Peas.
So, along comes the most star-filled film to date, with one of his best scripts, handled by the brilliant Michel Gondry. Yet, instead of going with Carter Burwell, Greame Revell, or Wurman, Gondry picked one of the best and underrated in the business - Jon Brion, the man who handled the scores for all of P.T. Anderson's films (including his brilliant work for "Punch-Drunk Love"). He's also produced countless artists (Fiona Apple chief among them) and has done his own solo work (his excellent web-only "Meaningless"). So, this is the right man for the job, right?
We can now gladly say - absolutely.
First of all, this is Brion's briefest score.
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful By canticles on May 11, 2005
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I understand the criticism about how the pieces on this soundtrack sound underdeveloped. After all, we have tracks here that last only seconds long--"Postcard" is only twenty-two seconds long. It is difficult to listen to individual tracks alone and feel satisfied, unless you listen to the few swing and rock numbers interspersed throughout. But if you listen to the way this soundtrack is arranged in its entirety, you have to at least ask if the producer of the soundtrack didn't arrange so intentionally.

Some of these pieces enter abruptly, without a gradual introduction or fading in, such as "Phone Call." And some of these pieces, such as "Row," exit abruptly, as though you were in the middle of listening to it on your CD player and someone accidentally tripped over the cord and knocked the player out of commission. It doesn't take a genius to figure out that if the producers wanted to that they could have made smoother transitions between the tracks, by either sustaining the ending or fading in the beginning.

This soundtrack, as far as I can understand it, exists as a whole, and can be appreciated best if listened to as such. It complements the movie very well. The abruptness of the pieces, the seemingly fragmented ideas, the strange mixes of swing, rock, Indian, and jazz genres all reflect the flitting in and out of ideas that go through the head as we sometimes search to remember things. The ideas come in fragments, in different colors and sizes; we remember things from different times, putting them together in wrong order, etc.; much like how Joel Barish was doing in the movie when he was trying to save his memory. I wouldn't be as satisfied with this soundtrack if it were done in the traditional sense of putting together a fully developed suite.
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful By TrekBebe on March 31, 2004
Format: Audio CD
I saw the movie and HAD to get something to take me back to my experience. The movie was a unique and interesting journey to me weaving moments of love, sadness, euphoria, confusion, humor, curiousity and hope in ways that although sometimes "out there," they still seemed very "real" and precious to me. The movie twisted and turned but I came out with tear-stained cheeks and a smile on my face. Outstanding movie and music! The characters and the story made me really look at my own relationship and see it in another light. That's what the music brings back for me.
My favorite "fun songs" are Mr. Blue Sky and Wada Na Tod. They will get put a smile on your face and lodge themselves firmly in your own mind's map! Everybody's Gotta Learn sometime is a soulful song and fitting end to the movie and the Polyphonic Spree songs are great. Jon Brion's score pieces are fantastic - some sad and some fun - but all introspective and thought provoking. I don't usually get excited about a soundtrack, but this movie/music combo compelled me to write this review.
I don't care for the two swing songs (Nola's Bounce, Some Kinda Shuffle) - they just don't appeal to my taste - but I love the rest of the album.
Five stars!
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21 of 25 people found the following review helpful By Robert Rabiee on March 16, 2004
Format: Audio CD
Multi-instrumentalist/producer/composer/wunderkind Jon Brion represents for Beatles-inspired pop once again with his sublime work on the soundtrack to Michel Gondry's new picture, "Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind." Much like his soundtrack to "Punch-Drunk Love," Brion evidences a masterful knowledge of the pop idiom, everything from early-80s power-pop (Beck's Brion-crafted cover of Korgis's "Everybody's Gotta Learn Sometime") to neo-classical string exercises (especially the sublime "Main Titles"). A special treat is his own song, "Strings That Tie To You," which has been circulating on bootlegs for a few years now. The tune, a gentle heartbreak that wouldn't be out of place on one of Elton John's very early records, is as perfect a piece of pop as has been written in the last year. Soundtrack is hindered only by the inclusion of tracks by The Willowz, whose sound detracts from the dream-like quality of the rest of the record. All in all a brilliant outing for Brion & Co., able to stands on its own legs or as a souvenir of the picture.
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