Lost in Translation

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Barnes & Noble - Lydia Vanderloo
Sofia Coppola's directorial debut, The Virgin Suicides, was marked by a deft use of music -- Air's richly atmospheric soundtrack and key '70s pop tunes were as elemental to the movie as the plot and the stunning visuals. For her second film, Lost in Translation -- written by Coppola and starring Bill Murray and Scarlett Johansson as dislocated Americans in Tokyo -- the director works with moody, bittersweet collection of music from My Bloody Valentine mastermind Kevin Shields, Air, and others. Coppola again turned to music supervisor Brian Reitzell, who recorded original music and poached several evocative tunes for significant scenes. In fact, songs such as ...
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Barnes & Noble - Lydia Vanderloo
Sofia Coppola's directorial debut, The Virgin Suicides, was marked by a deft use of music -- Air's richly atmospheric soundtrack and key '70s pop tunes were as elemental to the movie as the plot and the stunning visuals. For her second film, Lost in Translation -- written by Coppola and starring Bill Murray and Scarlett Johansson as dislocated Americans in Tokyo -- the director works with moody, bittersweet collection of music from My Bloody Valentine mastermind Kevin Shields, Air, and others. Coppola again turned to music supervisor Brian Reitzell, who recorded original music and poached several evocative tunes for significant scenes. In fact, songs such as Phoenix's disco-retro ode, "Too Young," and Sebastien Tellier's aching, melancholy instrumental "Fantino" were specifically written into the script by Coppola, based on compilation CDs Reitzell had made for her. He also wrote some illuminating incidental music and commissioned a new Air song, "Alone in Kyoto," which suggests Art of Noise-goes-to-Asia, but the real news here is that Reitzell managed to coax Shields out of semi-retirement to record four new tracks for the film. Replete with Shields' trademark fuzzy guitar and multi-tracked vocals, the brooding "City Girl," an audio portrait of Johansson's Charlotte, lays waste to a decade's worth of anemic dream pop that followed in My Bloody Valentine's powerful wake. His three instrumental contributions -- the eerie, Eno-tinged "Goodbye"; the feather-light "Ikebana," quietly picked out on electric guitar; and the spacious, guitarless electro moment "Are You Awake?" -- underscore why this talent was so sorely missed. The soundtrack -- and the film -- end on a downbeat high note, with the Jesus & Mary Chain's classic noise-pop single "Just like Honey," though an unannounced coda of Bill Murray singing Roxy Music's "More than This," karaoke-style, offers a chaser that's more salty than sweet.
All Music Guide - Heather Phares
Sofia Coppola's impressionistic romance Lost in Translation features an equally impressionistic and romantic soundtrack that plays almost as big a role in the film as Bill Murray and Scarlett Johanssen do. In the film, Bob and Charlotte are able to stretch their instant connection as strangers in a strange land into something that seems to last longer and feel deeper because of their need to believe in a love like that; their relationship is a beautiful, fleeting little world unto itself, and the music that plays behind them emphasizes the romantic fever dream. The soundtrack's luminous atmospherics come from a variety of sources, but My Bloody Valentine's Kevin Shields leads the pack by contributing the Loveless classic "Sometimes" and four new tracks penned under his own name. A nearly perfect song from a nearly perfect album, "Sometimes" is so incredibly gorgeous, and so effortlessly accomplished, that in hindsight it's easier if no less frustrating to understand why Shields is so hesitant about putting out any new material in the wake of songs like this. However, while his new tracks don't reach Loveless' peaks, they're not intended to; open-ended pieces like the naïve, guitar-driven "City Girl" and the abstractly poignant, Eno-inspired "Goodbye" may be somewhat disappointing as songs especially new songs from one of music's most reticent visionaries, but they work well as soundtrack material. "Ikebana" and especially "Are You Awake?" suggest some of the electronic forays that Shields wanted to explore with My Bloody Valentine before he stopped working under that name; while both tracks, particularly the latter, are lovely, they're so fleeting that it's hard to tell whether or not they really indicate a new direction in Shields' work. As worthwhile as Shields' contributions are, it would be a mistake to let them eclipse the rest of this fine soundtrack. Interestingly, many of the other pieces on Lost in Translation sound more like Shields' previous work than his own tracks. Chief among them is Death in Vegas' lovely "Girls," a slow-building epic that combines breathy vocals, deceptively simple guitars, and distant but powerful drumming in a way that evokes My Bloody Valentine but doesn't borrow from them too shamelessly. Likewise, the Jesus & Mary Chain's "Just Like Honey" is nearly as swooningly romantic as "Sometimes." Sebastien Tellier's "Fantino" and Squarepusher's "Tommib" fit in well with Shields' work and also recall the work of Air, whose "Alone in Kyoto" is a smoothly flowing, Asian-inspired piece that reflects both their own sound and the film's setting. Ironically enough, Happy End's "Kaze Wo Atsumete" is the only song by an authentically Japanese group, but it sounds a lot like Gilbert O'Sullivan's "Alone Again, Naturally," which was used to devastating effect in The Virgin Suicides. Phoenix's "Too Young," a stylish re-creation of '80s soft rock, is another highlight from Lost in Translation, which works equally well as background music or as a way to replay the movie in your head the hidden track of Bill Murray's drunken karaoke rendition of "More Than This" heightens this effect. Perfectly defined in its hazy beauty, this soundtrack loses nothing in its translation from a quietly wonderful movie into a quietly wonderful album.
Rolling Stone - Barry Walters
...Shields' new work is low-key, murky but richly atmospheric -- guitar feedback rarely sounds this pretty.

...Shields' new work is low-key, murky but richly atmospheric -- guitar feedback rarely sounds this pretty.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 6/29/2004
  • Label: Emperor Norton
  • UPC: 014431706820
  • Catalog Number: 317068
  • Sales rank: 44,367

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Intro/Tokyo (0:34)
  2. 2 City Girl - Kevin Shields (3:48)
  3. 3 Fantino - Sébastien Tellier (3:12)
  4. 4 Tommib - Squarepusher (1:20)
  5. 5 Girls - Death in Vegas (4:26)
  6. 6 Goodbye - Kevin Shields (2:32)
  7. 7 Too Young - Phoenix (3:18)
  8. 8 Kaze Wo Atsumete @@Happy End (4:06)
  9. 9 On the Subway - Roger Joseph Manning Jr. (1:10)
  10. 10 Ikebana - Kevin Shields (1:38)
  11. 11 Sometimes - My Bloody Valentine (5:19)
  12. 12 Alone in Kyoto - Air (4:47)
  13. 13 Shibuya - Roger Joseph Manning Jr. (3:26)
  14. 14 Are You Awake? - Kevin Shields (1:35)
  15. 15 Just Like Honey - The Jesus and Mary Chain (12:37)
  16. 16 More Than This - Bill Murray
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Brian Reitzell Drums
Bryan Mills Bass
Technical Credits
Bryan Ferry Composer
Dan Hersch Mastering
Tim Holmes Composer
Harry "Haruomi" Hosono Composer
Bill Inglot Mastering
William Reid Composer
Brian Reitzell Composer, Producer, Engineer, Executive Producer
Kevin Shields Composer, Producer, Engineer
James Reid Composer
Richard Beggs Sound Design
Rob Kirwan Engineer
Jean-Benoît Dunckel Composer
Nicolas Godin Composer
Richard McGuire Composer
Takashi Matsumoto Composer
Jill Meyers Music Business Affairs
Lance Acord Cover Photo
Phoenix Composer
Tom Jenkinson Composer
Sébastien Tellier Composer
James Brown Engineer
James H. Brown Engineer
Miles Murray Sorrell Cover Design
Roger Joseph Manning Jr. Composer, Producer
Bryan Mills Engineer
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Tragically haunting joyride.

    The only way to get smacked with the intensity of this soundtrack is to have seen the movie at least once. That way when you hear it, you remember the gritty "gut punch" that the music backdropped. I can't get enough.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Great songs -- but wanted more

    My favorite song from the movie was "More Than This". I was disappointed that it wasn't on the CD!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    A Powerful Reminder of a Powerful Movie

    The music included on the soundtrack is a stirring reminder of the things that touched me in the movie. The tracks are different from your run-of-the-mill "pop" soundtracks with catchy tunes. Instead, these tracks will inspire soul-searching, with a few familiar 80's tunes thrown in to keep the whole thing grounded.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Transcending Soundtrack

    Thanks to this movie and soundtrack, we learn of Kevin Shields, Air, Brian Reitzell (et. al.) and Sofia Coppolla. What a team. Thank you for coming out of semi-retirement Kevin. This whole team is at a level that is sorely missing in today's music and video. Fuzzy guitar, noise pop, dream pop- give it a try and listen repeatedly. You won't believe what you're hearing. I only wonder how this is new since these musicians have been around. Get ready for dreamy slush. You deserve it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Great Soundtrack

    The music, as another individual commented, plays a huge role in the film. I'd like to add, however, that this soundtrack isn't at all upbeat. It's tragic ... absolutely. And yet, so beautiful. It's quite unique and I do recommend it. I highly doubt you'll be displeased with this expenditure (unlike all too many items on the market these days). Take care.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    TORRID TOKYO TUNES

    A delicious blend of hip, haunting, and hot tunes. Listen, and you'll ache all over for that one person who's just out of reach.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Rare Among Soundtracks

    This must be one of the best soundtracks of all time. In Coppola's film the music plays an absolutely integral part, almost as much as the visual imagery. Soundtracks these days are often diluted, trite, and consistently poor, like the movies they are assigned to. Lost in Translation is unlike most any movie you will see, and the soundtrack is simply a part of that difference. It is so warm, lively, romantic, soothing, upbeat, sad, and accessible that I find it difficult to find someone who didn't enjoy it as much as the film itself.

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