Well, I'm certainly not going to spoil this album's perfect 5-star record thus far. "Until the End of the World" is the soundtrack to a so-so Wim Wenders movie (although to be fair, the film appears to be the victim of heavy editing, which renders the action sketchy and incoherent). The soundtrack, though, is a masterpiece of theme, mood, and sequencing. The songs flow into each other seamlessly, often it is difficult to tell where one piece and the other begins. Don't mistake the seamlessness for monotony, however: the songs are wonderfully diverse-it's a miracle that Depeche Mode, Jane Siberry, Can, and T-bone Burnett songs can all work together on the same album. Trip-hop, torch songs, acoustic blues, and postpunk all butt up against each other, proof positive that genre matters less than quality.
Other film soundtracks, such as Saturday Night Fever, and the Big Chill, capture a certain zeitgiest, make a bazillion bucks, and get their VH-1 retrospectives. Others come in quietly, sell steadily, and linger in people's album collections, sounding fresh every time they are played. UTEOTW is one of the latter group. "Calling all Angels" still gives me a chill when I hear it. The ironies of "Humans from Earth" still produce a giggle. Maybe best of all, "A fifth of Beethoven" and "Boogie Shoes" are nowhere to be heard.