Layercake: Music From The Motion Picture – Various Artists

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Album Review by EDF

It is now quite common for a movie to be accompanied by a soundtrack album to compliment it. Ever since Tarantino made the soundtrack album as essential as the movie itself, so many have come and gone, with the exception of TRAINSPOTTING, that have failed to impress. LAYER CAKE, a dark and sinister English movie set in modern London, follows a cocaine dealer attempting to retire early. Naturally he goes on a final job that does not go quite go according to plan. Have we ever seen a final job ever go right in the movies?

As for the soundtrack itself, not having watched the movie, this is not a bad collection of tunes from 1980’s classic THE CULT track ‘She Sells Sanctuary’, 1990’s THE SOURCE featuring CANDI STATON with ‘You Got The Love’ and the recent remixing of KYLIE MINOGUE and NEW ORDER’s ‘Can’t Get Blue Monday Out Of My Head’. Also featured on the album are original scores by ILAN ESHKERI and LISA GERRARD. ‘Opening’ by ESHKERI is a bit on the quiet side but this is made up by the short, dramatic ‘Drive To The Boatyard’. LISA GERRARD’s compositions are more emotive, ‘Junky Fight’ being the best and ‘Aria’ revisiting theme’s used in her award winning GLADIATOR score. The soundtrack is a bit of a mixed bag and will be enjoyed by those who saw the movie.

4 stars