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Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind [Soundtrack]

Jon Brion Audio CD
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1. Theme
2. Mr. Blue Sky - E.L.O.
3. Collecting Things
4. Light & Day - The Polyphonic Spree
5. Bookstore
6. It's The Sun (KCRW Morning Becomes Eclectic Version) - The Polyphonic Spree
7. Wada Na Tad - Lata Mangeshkar
8. Showtime
9. Everybody's Gotta Learn Sometimes - Beck
10. Sidewalk Flight
11. Some Kinda Shuffle - Don Nelson
12. Howard Makes It All Go Away
13. Something - The Willowz
14. Postcard
15. I Wonder - The Willowz
16. Peer Pressure
17. A Dream Upon Waking
18. Strings That Tie To You
19. Phone Call
20. Nola's Bounce - Don Nelson
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2.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing June 18 2004
By JR
Format:Audio CD
This music may have been very effective in the movie but it doesn't translate at all well to CD. I like Jon Brion and enjoyed his score for Punch Drunk Love but ultimately I found this soundtrack very dull. It's disappointing since the music was one of the things that really stood out for me in the movie. The main problem is that most of the pieces are too short, a few don't go for more than about ten seconds. This is annoying and doesn't allow you really get a feel for the material. Even the lengthier parts are generally cut off just as they are beginning to get interesting, the best example being track 3 (the name escapes me). The only redeeming features of this soundtrack are the first track, "theme", which is an absolutely lovely piano-based piece (I just wish this would have been repeated in different variations, as is the case with a lot of other soundtracks) and the contribution from Beck. I am a big fan of Beck and it's a really good song, though not as good as anything on his Sea Change Album. Some of the other songs just don't fit in with the mood of the score and it all just adds up to a very uneven listening experience. Make sure you give it a listen before you buy as I'm not sure that it would have much replay value for a lot of listeners.
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If you left the theater feeling as liberated and hopeful as Joel and Clem at the end of the film, you'll want to recapture those glorious emotions. Fortunately, you can... musically.
The disc opens with the title theme -- a lazy piano-driven number -- and segues into the deliriously happy "Mr Blue Sky," a tune that will leave you overcome by an impulse to skip down the street, smiling at every stranger you pass. This is the heart of the soundtrack -- a fantastic feel-good song that reminds you, as the movie did, that life is worth living in its entirety, despite any hardships you may encounter. "Light & Day" is a similarly warm, joyful tune that is equally upbeat. Polyphonic Spree's second contribution, "It's the Sun," slows things down a bit, but you'll keep on smilin'. It isn't till you near the close of the disc that the pace starts to drop. However, for once you won't be disappointed. You'll find that the conclusion is as natural as the final yawns that send you to bed at the end of a hectic day.
All in all, one of my favourite buys of 2004 -- vivid, emotional and, above all, real. This could easily be the soundtrack to anyone's life. I highly recommend this selection, as well as the film it accompanied. Five stars and then some.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A "Shining" Review March 24 2004
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
some of the songs aren't perfect, but wow, the ones that are, they hit their mark perfectly.
First off, I must refute the review that said the soundtrack's only hinderance is the willowz songs. I disagree. I think that they reflect the sort of indie punk vibe given off from the film. Not only that, but eh song "Something" is truly great. Its catchy and upbeat.
Not only that, but Beck's cover of "Everybody's Gotta Learn Sometime" by Krogis is beautiful. In the film it comes in at great, meaningful moments, and hearing it on the soundtrack recalls the film well. All in all its a great song.
Finally, the pieces from the film's composer, Jon Brion. Wow, some of them are truly brilliant. "Theme" is the first song and a great use of the minimalist style. "Phone Call", represents a sweet tender, and impossibly unexplainable moment of love from the film. But the song that struck the greatest chord with me (no pun intended), was the song "Peer Pressure". It happens during the scene in the film during which Carrey is wearing a cape, and it completely encapsulates one of the film's messages. The perfection of the love, the trueness of it, is reflected in the simple and moving piano notes, complemented by the building chords (violin?) in the background. Yet, as it peaks, just after its climax, its disolves and distorts into into a mess of noise quite quickly and then cuts out. To me, this symbolizes how the perfection of anything and everything will not last. That eventually that moment of perfection is over-- it has to end.
And what an end it is.
Great Album, better movie.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Brion's Bach? 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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5.0 out of 5 stars I Love it
Jon Brion makes me re-think everything that went on in the beautiful movie. Especially "Theme", and Row. Read more
Published on July 9 2004 by Maryam Sheikh
4.0 out of 5 stars Significant due to Jon Brion's compositions
Jon Brion's compositions on this CD are phenomenally delicate. They possess a kind of ethereal beauty that I have trouble explaining, particularly "Phone Call,"... Read more
Published on June 26 2004 by Glynnis Ritchie
4.0 out of 5 stars Perfectly captures the mood of the film--brilliant
As I wrote in my review of the movie, Jon Brion's score brilliantly accentuates the scenes in "Eternal Sunshine" without threatening to overshadow them. Read more
Published on June 7 2004 by Benjamin Lukoff
5.0 out of 5 stars Musical Effervescence for a Visually Effervescent Film
Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind is a film in a catagory by itself, and same goes for the soundtrack. Read more
Published on May 13 2004 by Suzanne Robertson
4.0 out of 5 stars brilliant
I thought the soundtrack beautifully complemented the film. I especially adore the E.L.O.'s mr. blue sky. sometimes one must dance along to such joyous chanteys.
Published on April 29 2004 by julie n
4.0 out of 5 stars Classic moments
Wonderful. A few of the songs do not mesh as well with the overall atmosphere of the CD, but otherwise, Jon Brion's compositions are innovative and timeless.
Published on April 29 2004 by Aleksander S. Bohnak
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent.
This soundtrack amazes me. I've been listening to it over and over again without tiring. The songs convey the emotion of the movie and the scenes in it, and you can almost see the... Read more
Published on April 20 2004 by Gabriella M.
5.0 out of 5 stars Great soundtrack
I have never bought a soundtrack to a movie before. I am very glad to have this one. Even my children love it. Read more
Published on April 17 2004
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent, Understated Score To An Exceptional Film
Outstanding, understated score from Jon Brion. If you're a fan of the film, each piece on the soundtrack takes you back to the scene. Read more
Published on April 16 2004 by Marc Reasoner
5.0 out of 5 stars This is a cd you cant get your memory erased from!
Possibly one of the greatest soundtracks in history with ELO's mr blue sky and the absolute genius work of the fantastic jon brion the music fully goes with where ever it stands a... Read more
Published on April 15 2004 by Russell C.
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