Lost in Translation

Lost in Translation

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Sofia Coppola's directorial debut, The Virgin Suicides, was marked by a deft use of music -- Air's richly atmospheric soundtrack and key '70s pop tunes were as elemental to the movie as the plot and the stunning visuals. For her second film, Lost in Translation -- written by Coppola and starring Bill Murray and Scarlett Johansson as dislocated Americans in Tokyo -- the director works with moody, bittersweet collection of music from My Bloody Valentine mastermind Kevin Shields, Air, and others. Coppola again turned to music supervisor Brian Reitzell, who recorded original music and poached several evocative tunes for significant scenes. In fact, songs such as Phoenix's disco-retro ode, "Too Young," and Sebastien Tellier's aching, melancholy instrumental "Fantino" were specifically written into the script by Coppola, based on compilation CDs Reitzell had made for her. He also wrote some illuminating incidental music and commissioned a new Air song, "Alone in Kyoto," which suggests Art of Noise-goes-to-Asia, but the real news here is that Reitzell managed to coax Shields out of semi-retirement to record four new tracks for the film. Replete with Shields' trademark fuzzy guitar and multi-tracked vocals, the brooding "City Girl," an audio portrait of Johansson's Charlotte, lays waste to a decade's worth of anemic dream pop that followed in My Bloody Valentine's powerful wake. His three instrumental contributions -- the eerie, Eno-tinged "Goodbye"; the feather-light "Ikebana," quietly picked out on electric guitar; and the spacious, guitarless electro moment "Are You Awake?" -- underscore why this talent was so sorely missed. The soundtrack -- and the film -- end on a downbeat high note, with the Jesus & Mary Chain's classic noise-pop single "Just like Honey," though an unannounced coda of Bill Murray singing Roxy Music's "More than This," karaoke-style, offers a chaser that's more salty than sweet.

Product Details

Release Date: 06/29/2004
Label: Emperor Norton
UPC: 0014431706820
catalogNumber: 317068
Rank: 29344

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Brian Reitzell   Drums
Bryan Mills   Bass

Technical Credits

Bryan Ferry   Composer
Tim Holmes   Composer
Haruomi Hosono   Composer
William Reid   Composer
Brian Reitzell   Composer,Producer,Engineer,Executive Producer
Kevin Shields   Composer,Producer,Engineer
James Reid   Composer
Richard Beggs   Sound Design
Rob Kirwan   Engineer
Jean-Benoît Dunckel   Composer
Nicolas Godin   Composer
Roger Manning   Composer,Producer
Richard McGuire   Composer
Takashi Matsumoto   Composer
Jill Meyers   Music Business Affairs
Lance Acord   Cover Photo
Phoenix   Composer
Tom Jenkinson   Composer
Sébastien Tellier   Composer
James H. Brown   Engineer
Miles Murray Sorrell   Cover Design
James Brown   Engineer
Bryan Mills   Engineer

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Lost in Translation 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The only way to get smacked with the intensity of this soundtrack is to have seen the movie at least once. That way when you hear it, you remember the gritty "gut punch" that the music backdropped. I can't get enough.
Guest More than 1 year ago
My favorite song from the movie was "More Than This". I was disappointed that it wasn't on the CD!
Guest More than 1 year ago
A delicious blend of hip, haunting, and hot tunes. Listen, and you'll ache all over for that one person who's just out of reach.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Thanks to this movie and soundtrack, we learn of Kevin Shields, Air, Brian Reitzell (et. al.) and Sofia Coppolla. What a team. Thank you for coming out of semi-retirement Kevin. This whole team is at a level that is sorely missing in today's music and video. Fuzzy guitar, noise pop, dream pop- give it a try and listen repeatedly. You won't believe what you're hearing. I only wonder how this is new since these musicians have been around. Get ready for dreamy slush. You deserve it.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This must be one of the best soundtracks of all time. In Coppola's film the music plays an absolutely integral part, almost as much as the visual imagery. Soundtracks these days are often diluted, trite, and consistently poor, like the movies they are assigned to. Lost in Translation is unlike most any movie you will see, and the soundtrack is simply a part of that difference. It is so warm, lively, romantic, soothing, upbeat, sad, and accessible that I find it difficult to find someone who didn't enjoy it as much as the film itself.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The music included on the soundtrack is a stirring reminder of the things that touched me in the movie. The tracks are different from your run-of-the-mill "pop" soundtracks with catchy tunes. Instead, these tracks will inspire soul-searching, with a few familiar 80's tunes thrown in to keep the whole thing grounded.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The music, as another individual commented, plays a huge role in the film. I'd like to add, however, that this soundtrack isn't at all upbeat. It's tragic ... absolutely. And yet, so beautiful. It's quite unique and I do recommend it. I highly doubt you'll be displeased with this expenditure (unlike all too many items on the market these days). Take care.