"There’s no doubt the Dust Brothers are a talented duo.
Most often to be found lending their considerable production
skills to artists ranging from Beck to The Beastie Boys, The
Fight Club soundtrack finds them entering the ring in their own
In terms of cleverly constructed, stuttering rhythms, quirky
samples and idiosyncratic atmospherics they’ve delivered a
heavy weight offering that’s impressive for its gritty, edgy
dissonance. But the jabs of electro-funk, some straight hitting
big beat, a few up-beat cuts of tech-house and a confident
combination of trip-hop and industrial beats, simply aren’t
supported by enough melodic punch or side-swerving surprises to
deliver a knockout blow.
The final track features a voiceover by Brad Pitt in character
as Tyler Durden. It’s called This is Your Life and features
some pretty tacky lines like "you are not your bowel
cancer", but I’d kill – or at least engage in a
feisty fist fight – to hear Mike Monroe open the next series
of his billowy-bio TV show with a cover version.
Overall, this is a soundtrack that is more interesting than
entertaining. If you’re partial to a few Friday night
fisticuffs it could provide just the edgy ambience you’re
looking for. Otherwise, I can recommend it for curiosity value