Metascore
79

Generally favorable reviews - based on 12 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 10 out of 12
  2. Negative: 0 out of 12
  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. Filter
    85
    The music is so completely absorbing and evocative... it's possible to virtually recreate the film in your head. [#7, p.93]
  3. Entertainment Weekly
    83
    Byrne's music is wonderfuly brooding without losing the odd bounce in its step. [Listen 2 This supplement, Oct 2003, p.14]
  4. Uncut
    80
    Sincere and beautiful. [Nov 2003, p.116]
  5. Q Magazine
    80
    Mostly brilliant and, most surprising of all, never pretentious. [Oct 2003, p.102]
  6. Byrne leaves behind all the international rhythms that have dominated his solo work and turned in an album of moody, subtle beauty.... This is one of the strongest albums of his solo career.
  7. 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.
  8. Planet
    70
    It is a restrained atmospheric affair indeed. [#5, p.105]
  9. Mojo
    70
    This is music you can lose yourself in. [Oct 2003, p.110]
  10. 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.
  11. The Wire
    60
    Byrne has done a tidy, if not terribly exciting job on the soundtrack. [#235, p.57]
  12. Byrne fans will probably already own this, and probably should, if for no other reason than the final two tracks. Casual fans who haven’t seen the movie will probably be put off by 13 mostly homogeneous tracks of soundtrack fare. Without an emotional attachment to either Byrne or the movie, that’s simply too much for even a solid album like this to overcome.
User Score
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User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 2
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 2
  3. Negative: 0 out of 2
  1. DavidByrne
    Nov 6, 2003
    8
    No comments
  2. BenW
    Sep 23, 2003
    7
    Good soundtrack. Not hugely inspiring but sounds great. A nice mix of Badalamenti / Lynch atmospheric drone and gentle, beautiful post-rock 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! Full Review »