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Review: Shortbus soundtrack

Posted by: PattiLain

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I bought this CD because of the movie. The two went together so well that you can't enjoy the music nearly as much without knowing the context.Track listing:

1. Scott Matthew - Upside Down
2. Azure Ray - If You Fall
3. Yo La Tengo - Wizard's Sleeve
4. Animal Collective - Winter's Love
5. Scott Matthew - Surgery
6. Lee & LeBlanc - Beautiful
7. Gentleman Reg - It's Not Safe
8. John LaMonica - Kids
9. Scott Matthew - Language
10. Jay Brannan - Soda Shop
11. Anita O'Day - Is You Is or Is You Ain't My Baby?
12. The Ark - Kolla Kolla
13. The Hidden Cameras - Boys of Melody
14. Scott Matthew - Little Bird
15. The Ark - This Piece of Poetry Is Meant to Do Harm
16. Jasper James - This House
17. Justin Bond & the Hungry March Band - In the End (Long Film Version)
18. Scott Matthew - In the End (Acoustic)

The star of this soundtrack is undoubtedly Scott Matthew. His performances in the film lead to him having five of his songs on the soundtrack (my favourite is still language). Something which I appreciate greatly. Scott Matthew has one of the best voices I have heard in a long time. His raspy yet gentle melancholy voice suits the stark emotion of the film.

The genre is predominantly indie, with a few instrumental songs with a bit of an electronic vibe and two songs sung by actors in the film themselves. Sook-Yin Lee (the pre-orgasmic female protagonist) lends her vocals to Beautiful and Jay Brannan ("Ceth, with a C") has his song Soda Shop on the soundtrack, which he performs in the film for the two Jamies.

The song Kolla Kolla by The Ark is a crazy, fun song, made even crazier by the fact that I not only can't understand the lyrics, but I can't even identify the language they are sung in. I have a faint suspicion that it's Swedish.

The penultimate song, performed by Justin Bond & the Hungry March Band, is an epic 8:49 and anyone who's seen the film will remember the last, pivotal scene. This song, like the movie, seems to blend reality with fiction, with accompaniments by several characters in the film that didn't actually have to act very hard, Justin Bond being a prime example. The cast list is peppered with "as him/herself", and the film created controversy about the real sex scenes.

Although this is a music review and not a movie one, I'll toss this in: it's a great film, but you have to be open-minded and not nervous about the subject of sex. Although the film is set in a sex club, it actually has a strong emotional element which made this movie great for me.

Back to the soundtrack: The music is fun enough to lift a mood, emotional enough to be there for you in all your self-pity times and chilled enough to be background music without bothering anyone.

A useful addition to an indie collection.
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written by BRE!, November 29, 2007
Yo La Tengo - The Legendary Band !!!

so many albums, so many lovely songs...

written by BRE!, November 29, 2007
Scott Matthew does have a beautiful voice - one to make you cry for sure!
written by Ilva, November 29, 2007
Just so there is no confusion, I'm the one that wrote the crying comment - I don't want anyone thinking our BRE! is a sissy smilies/tongue.gif
written by BRE!, November 29, 2007
bwahahah :grin
written by PattiLain, November 29, 2007
Aw, BRE!, maybe you just need a good cry?

You want some Scott Matthew?

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