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  • Summary: Byrne's latest release originated as the soundtrack to the film 'Young Adam' (itself based on the novel by Scottish beat writer Alexander Trocci). Since the film is set in Scotland, and since the former Talking Head himself was born there, he decided to enlist members of Glasgow-based groups such as Mogwai, Belle & Sebastian and The Reindeer Section to assist with this music (only a small portion of which actually is heard in the film). Expand
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  1. His vision appears to be his own, and just happens to coincide with both the director's and the author's visions also, resulting in one of the best soundtracks -- and albums -- I've heard in a long time.
  2. 85
    The music is so completely absorbing and evocative... it's possible to virtually recreate the film in your head. [#7, p.93]
  3. Byrne's music is wonderfuly brooding without losing the odd bounce in its step. [Listen 2 This supplement, Oct 2003, p.14]
  4. Temptation is strong enough to stand with any of Byrne's other solo work, that rare film score that works beautifully as an entirely separate record.
  5. 70
    This is music you can lose yourself in. [Oct 2003, p.110]
  6. Like so much of the work Byrne has put between his teeth since severing his connection with the Heads, Lead us not into Temptation begins with the great hope of a new work of genius, but in the end leaves one feeling like Byrne again has fallen short of his promise.
  7. Byrne has done a tidy, if not terribly exciting job on the soundtrack. [#235, p.57]

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  1. DavidByrne
    Nov 6, 2003
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  2. BenW
    Sep 23, 2003
    Good soundtrack. Not hugely inspiring but sounds great. A nice mix of Badalamenti / Lynch atmospheric drone and gentle, beautiful post-rock songs. byrne's vocals sound great still of course! Expand