This is a good soundtrack from the outstanding mid-90's film. However, there were several great songs in the film that somehow didn't make it onto this album: Dionne Warwick's "Walk on By", Love's "The Red Telephone", and Blue Cheer's "Summertime Blues." I would gladly trade the tepid R.E.M. and Jewel covers for a couple of those gems, though in reality, there would have been plenty of room for all of these songs on the CD. I also have to wonder why there were no Velvet Underground songs in the movie or on the soundtrack (perhaps a permission issue?), though the band at the factory party is clearly supposed to be the Velvets.
Reservations aside, the second half of this CD is dynamite (from "Mais Que Nada" on). The Love song that did make the cut, "Gimi a Little Break" is new to me, and it's a sweet shot of sonic mayhem from Arthur Lee and company. My two favorite tracks are "Sensitive Euro Man" by Pavement (one of my favorite bands, I confess) and Bettie Serveert's superb cover of Dylan's "I'll Keep It With Mine." I have long been a huge fan of Fairport Convention's majestic version of this song, and after hearing this version (which runs over the film's closing credits), I immediately went hunting for this soundtrack (which, by the way, comes pretty cheap these days). It's just as successful as FC's cover, though completely different. A sweet song by Yo La Tengo and excerpts from John Cale's fine score round out this very good compilation.
P.S. See the movie - Lily Taylor is outstanding.