Sunshine of the Spotless Mind
Score by Jon Brion + Miscellaneous
an emily blunt review
Jon Brion Interview
speaking? The Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind soundtrack
has a unique Benny and Joonish feel to it that makes spinning in your livingroom
- arms extended - twirling away - seem like normal everyday urges.
the soundtrack musician/composer Jon
Brion has scored seventeen original pieces. His piano work has that fun introspective
tinkling to it that somehow manages to transport you to a Peter Maxie-like world
where snow angels and skipping down the street, while giggling at fluorescent
bluebirds and six foot daffodils, is not necessarily reactions reserved for the
under twelve crowd. Other songs are almost mean-spirited tantrums. Delightful.
The other complimenting artists gathered for contribution include some big named
blokes. For example, E.L.O. lends their infamous 'Mr. Blue Sky'. That little ditty
is truly is a small musical time capsule. It's good old ever-in-fashion post-Sergeant
Pepper smile-inducing rock.
Spree, who has track 4 'Light & Day' and track 6, 'It's the Sun,' are
just trippy refreshing talents that mesh a plethora of quirky sounds melded together,
kaleidoscopically, to create a maniacal symphony for the mind...
Mangeshkar brings 'Wada Na Tod' to you in track 7. Indian music has that dancing
hip phenomenon - you just can't help but shimmy and jerk...maybe it's me.
Beck's heart aches in 'Everybody's Gotta Learn Sometime'. Be warned this
is a song so touching, I advise against listening when you're fresh in the broken-up
drool-cry hovel-on-the-ground stage of a relationship. That is unless you're good
and liquered up! Then feel free to sing along, cry to the beat and sway like a
broken doll - it'll make the boo-boos feel better. There's even a good fifth bottle
air-guitar solo part.
Willowz bellow out their 'Something' and 'I Wonder' tracks as if the pieces
were designed for the film. I adore the tune 'I Wonder' anyway - but within this
hodge podge of Ultimate Relationship Songs of the New Millennium it's awe inspiring.
Or at least a big ol' bag of pot jonesin' inspiring!
Nelson's 'Some Kind of Shuffle' (track 11) is just that! And 'Nola's Bounce' (track
20) also has a creepy time machine feel - Suddenly you're in a Gin hall amidst
wild shenanigans, jumpin' uprights, swingin' bangos and trumpets so pristine you
can almost hear the shattering glass as a bar room brawl erupts behind the band...
is a helluva soundtrack to match a helluva film. What you still doing here? Go
get this one immediately: Buy
1. THEME *
BLUE SKY" E.L.O.
3. COLLECTING THINGS *
4. "LIGHT AND DAY"
The Polyphonic Spree
5. BOOKSTORE *
6. "IT'S THE SUN" The Polyphonic
7. "WADA NA TOD" Lata Mangeshkar
8. SHOWTIME *
"EVERYBODY'S GOTTA LEARN SOMETIME" Beck
10. SIDEWALK FLIGHT *
11. "SOME KIND OF SHUFFLE" Don Nelson
12. HOWARD MAKES IT ALL GO
13. "SOMETHING" The Willowz
14. POSTCARD *
WONDER" The Willowz
16. PEER PRESSURE *
17. A DREAM UPON WAKING *
18. STRINGS THAT TIE TO YOU *
19. PHONE CALL *
20. "NOLA'S BOUNCE"
21. DOWN THE DRAIN *
22. ROW *
23. DRIVE IN *
25. SPOTLESS MIND *
26. ELEPHANT PARADE *