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Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind Soundtrack
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Top Customer Reviews
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.
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.
Most recent customer reviews
Jon Brion makes me re-think everything that went on in the beautiful movie. Especially "Theme", and Row. Read morePublished on July 9 2004 by Maryam Sheikh
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 morePublished on June 26 2004 by Glynnis Ritchie
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 morePublished on June 7 2004 by Benjamin Lukoff
Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind is a film in a catagory by itself, and same goes for the soundtrack. Read morePublished on May 13 2004 by Suzanne Robertson
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
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
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 morePublished on April 20 2004 by Gabriella M.
I have never bought a soundtrack to a movie before. I am very glad to have this one. Even my children love it. Read morePublished on April 17 2004
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 morePublished on April 16 2004 by Marc Reasoner