Metascore
84

Universal acclaim - based on 9 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 9 out of 9
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 9
  3. Negative: 0 out of 9
  1. Urb
    100
    Amazing new music from Shields.... The perfect soundtrack to a brilliant movie. [Dec 2003, p.89]
  2. Entertainment Weekly
    83
    Included are (somewhat disappointing) new tunes from Air and My Bloody Valentine mastermind Kevin Shields. [10 Oct 2003, p.124]
  3. Q Magazine
    80
    Showcas[es] [Shields'] typically speaker-buckling white noise. [Nov 2003, p.126]
  4. That's quite a timespan, though, and it does mean that one minute you're reeling from the hormonal stench of a roomful of anguished shoegazers and the next you're surrounded by happy little Japanese girls wearing anti-gravity shoes and doing Steiner dancing with wafty pastel banners. But that's just as it should be.
  5. Uncut
    80
    Shields' four contributions are everything you'd hope for. [Oct 2003, p.126]
  6. As worthwhile as Shields' contributions are, it would be a mistake to let them eclipse the rest of this fine soundtrack.
  7. Disappointing, but still a worthy purchase.
  8. For the most part, the tracks hang together and flow relatively well, orbiting the shimmering dreampop mass that serves as the record's unstated inspiration.

Awards & Rankings

User Score
8.6

Universal acclaim- based on 16 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 15 out of 16
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 16
  3. Negative: 1 out of 16
  1. May 14, 2016
    8
    A wonderfully interesting film and arguably an even more wonderly interesting soundtrack. It's a collection with its foundations set solidlyA wonderfully interesting film and arguably an even more wonderly interesting soundtrack. It's a collection with its foundations set solidly upon the music of one Kevin Shields. While all of his material on the soundtrack is excellent, funnily enough he doesn't steal the show. I'm not sure anyone really does this but if I was pushed I would saw the Phoenix song bang in the middle makes the best attempt. This is a soundtrack that works exceptionally well in that when you listen to all the tracks together, especially the in the context of the film, it sounds so much better than many of the tracks in isolation. I spent a bit of time travelling around Japan once and spent about a week in Tokyo. This soundtrack is the best collection of "western world" music that characterises the place. Dark, seedy, bright, joyful. Even the Squarepusher song "Tommib" reminds of the the traffic crossing music I heard in Kyoto. If you haven't already done so watch the movie. Then get a hold of this soundtrack. If possible, visit Japan and listen to this soundtrack while travelling around it. Full Review »
  2. nadeemk
    Apr 11, 2006
    10
    excellent album, hats off to kevin sheild for producing such an amazing songs for this movie.
  3. justina
    Oct 16, 2003
    7
    The soundtrack is successful in placing the listener back in the memory of a very good movie. As a stand alone album, probably not very good. The soundtrack is successful in placing the listener back in the memory of a very good movie. As a stand alone album, probably not very good. Dirty Vegas track is sweet, the Japanese song is cool, and Just Like Honey recalls the powerful last few moments of the movie vere well. Full Review »