A LIFE LESS ORDINARY
Original Soundtrack (Various Artists).
A&M/ Polydor 540837-2.
What made the Trainspotting soundtrack CD a standout was not
just the great taste of the selectors but the way the music told
a story and illumininated a subtext of the film, tracing the
history of hip British pop tastes since the mid-70s - from
pre-punk (Iggy Pop, Brian Eno, et al) to rave culture
"Shorn of fantastical
A Life Less Ordinary, the follow up from the team of director
Danny Boyle, writer John Hodge and producer Andrew
MacDonald, is a contemporary fantasy, but you don't have
to agree with the complete rubbishing the film has received at
the hands of US critics to find its songs - by a fashionable
selection of pop and rock acts including Luscious Jackson,
Sneaker Pimps, the Prodigy and the Cardigans - to be shorn of
It's especially disappointing is to hear acts such as Beck and
Underworld represented with work far below their best - the
former's "Deadweight" is, well, lightweight, while the
latter's "Oh" , though listenable enough, comes nowhere
to the urban tribal fission that made their Trainspotting
contribution, "Born Slippy", such a brilliant anthem.
And though Bobby Darin's swing-era Beyond the Sea works well in
the film, it makes little sense in the context of the album. It
also raises the thought that the inclusion of a cheesy old
showbiz tune or two on the soundtrack is in danger of becoming
just a little obligatory - something of a postmodern moviemaking
cliche (the Al Jolson at the climax of Richard Loncraine's
Richard III immediately springs to mind).
For a review of the film, click HERE
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