Like the film itself, the soundtrack of "Shame" is a roller coaster of emotions and moods. It's a credit to the soundtrack producers that they were able to put together a soundtrack as diverse as this and make it wholly cohesive. You have classical pieces from Glenn Gould, a disco classic from Chic with "I Want Your Love", early '80s club faves "Rapture" by Blondie and "Genius of Love" by Tom Tom Club, jazz giants Chet Baker and John Coltrane with "Let's Get Lost" and "My Funny Valentine", respectively, and the stunning score by Harry Escott, which seems to have been inspired by Hans Zimmer.
Also included is Carey Mulligan's rendition of "New York, New York", a key moment from the film. Mulligan has a lovely voice, but the emotional impact is diminished on record; we need to see the visuals (an integral element of the scene is director Steve McQueen's intimate close-ups of Mulligan) to get the full impact.
But this is definitely one of the best soundtracks I have purchased in a long time.