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I've been a little surprised at some of the criticism I've read of the Shields' pieces, though. These are merely score pieces, written under the direction of Sofia Coppola and Brian Reitzell - and it's ridiculous to approach these four pieces expecting another `Soon' or `To Here Knows When'. The purpose of these songs is to accompany images, not to overshadow them - and assessed on those terms, I think that Kevin's contributions are excellent. Having said that, however, the four songs he contributes are still strong enough to stand on their own as individual pieces. (If you are nostalgic for MBV's screaming guitars, then seek out the stunning six-minute piece that Shields wrote for the LaLaLa Human Steps production `2' in the mid-90s instead.)
His first song on this soundtrack, `City Girl' is about the simple, rapt gaze of infatuation and has really grown on me over the last few days. It sounds quite similar to the MBV songs `Sugar' and `Cupid Come', and its fractured melody begins to make a great deal of sense on the second or third listen. It's also wonderful to hear Kevin's voice again.Read more ›
In a more subtle way, the soundtrack is just as much a must-have for lovers of the movie. So many of the moods that Sofia Coppola sets depend heavily on visuals (particularly the night scenes of Tokyo ablaze in neon and bustling with activity) and sound (namely the music). It's hard for me now to look at a night-time cityscape of red lights atop buildings without thinking of Death In Vegas' "Girls."
There are other songs that grew on me more gradually but are no less important. "Sometimes" by My Bloody Valentine did not elicit a major reaction from me initially but before long I started to fall under its spell of fuzzy guitar chords and soothing vocals (yes it's hard to understand what the lyrics are, but the vocals are more like another instrument than a vessel for words). "Just Like Honey" by The Jesus and Mary Chain was a clear winner too -- I'm not sure how I did not get into this band sooner, considering how much I like some of their contemporaries such as The Cure.
But the short tracks that appear in between these songs -- "On the Subway," "Ikebana," "Alone in Kyoto," "Are You Awake," etc. -- these are the "audible wallpaper" that kind of hold everything together. Many people will complain that these atmospheric tracks are just filler, but don't buy into that simplistic argument. These are the tracks that you almost don't even notice because they fit into their respective scenes so perfectly.Read more ›
The high moments of the album carry the stamp of Irish guitarist and songwriter Kevin Shields (much like Cliff Martinez did back in 2001 with another splending soundtrack for the movie "Traffic"). His eclectic and impeccable four tracks are perfectly complemented with equally brilliant works by Air (who crafted the music for Coppola's previous movie, "The Virgin Suicides"), Brian Reitzell & Roger J. Manning Jr., My Bloody Valentine (Shields' musical alma matter) and an amazing closing track ("Just Like Honey") by The Jesus & Mary Chain.
Eclectic and beautiful, this is, without a shade of doubt, one of those albums that will stand the test of time, a rare and perfect gem that belongs in all serious musical collections.
This link has what most of the songs are and where in the movie they are played.
this CD because I was so excited about seeing the film, I wanted
to be "ready" to match the music to the images on screen. This
compilation is ambient and beautiful. It is sometimes serene then
playful...and sometimes heartbreaking. But the REAL REASON this
cd brought me to tears was there is a HIDDEN TRACK, people!! At
the end of #15...wait until 11:00 minutes or so and you'll be treated to BILL MURRAY's karakoe version of "More Than This". I
would buy this CD AGAIN..just for the 1 minute of his soul wrench
ing beauty that captures the spirit of "Lost In Translation".
Most Recent Customer Reviews
It is the one of the best soundtrack album of the all time. Sofia Coppola's taste in music is great as always.Published 15 days ago by Amazon Customer
Only 3 out of the 15 tracks would playback. I really only wanted the CD for one song anyways, as it turns out it's one of the songs that plays all the way through. Read morePublished 1 month ago by squeaky
Be aware that if you buy the vinyl, you are not getting the cover with Bill Murray on the bed. You are getting the cover with Scar Jo's booty. Read morePublished 11 months ago by Gigi
One of the best movies ever! I watch it at least twice a year. Besides their age difference, they had chemistry. (Something directors today don't seem to care about.)Published 14 months ago by Bob Santa Barbara
One of my favorite films has become one of my favorite albums. It's for dreamers and lovers, like Japan itself. It inspires me to find happiness and joy. Read morePublished 15 months ago by Matt
did not have all the songs the movie had, specifically the hotel bar scenes.Published 18 months ago by Richard J. Enders
No soundtrack is ever as good as the movie, but this one is very good. If you re-record the tracks in the correct order as the movie it is almost perfect. Thank you S. CoppolaPublished 22 months ago by J. Matyas