I reviewed the movie The Beach a few days ago and I said it sucked big time! But the soundtrack is a nice one! It mixes the technological fascination with the exotic journey of the jungle, featuring several ambient electronica tracks (Underworld’s epic “Ball”, Leftfield’s “Snakeblood”) and other tracks mixed for futuristic sound. New Order provide the previously unreleased “Brutal”, representing the sharper end of their spectrum, with a heavier guitar mix than usual. Asian Dub Foundation provide a modern interpretation of dub legend Lee “Scratch” Perry’s “Return of Django”. Sugar Ray expand their range with the calypso groove of Brian Eno and John Cale’s “Spinning Away”, and it’s an unexpected gem. Bratty Britpoppers Blur remix “On Your Own” to sound like a video game gone beserk. Film scorer Angelo Badalamenti brings things full circle with the surprisingly upbeat collaboration with Orbital for the closing track “Beached”. The big suprise on this soundtrack is UNKLE’s (I’ve never heard of them) killer tune “Lonely Souls”. Just buy this album.
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