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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.
Performance CreditsBrian Reitzell Drums
Bryan Mills Bass
Technical CreditsBryan Ferry Composer
Tim Holmes Composer
Harry "Haruomi" Hosono Composer
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
Roger Manning Composer,Producer
Richard McGuire Composer
Takashi Matsumoto Composer
Jill Meyers Music Business Affairs
Lance Acord Cover Photo
Tom Jenkinson Composer
Sébastien Tellier Composer
James H. Brown Engineer
Miles Murray Sorrell Cover Design
James Brown Engineer
Bryan Mills Engineer
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
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.
My favorite song from the movie was "More Than This". I was disappointed that it wasn't on the CD!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.