Memento Soundtrack, Import
The challenge for young filmmakers tackling genre pieces is often considerably more than breathing new life into old familiarities. In the tradition of John Boorman's Point Blank, Quentin Tarantino's Pulp Fiction, and Steven Soderbergh's The Limey, sophomore English director Christopher Nolan's film noir whodunit doesn't so much deconstruct traditional narrative as shatter it outright, challenging viewers to examine the broken pieces from fresh perspectives. Musically, Nolan has again turned to David Julyan, the young Brit composer who also scored the director's debut, Following. The musician seizes the opportunity to both literalize the noir label and trash its various sonic clichés, infusing the film with an ambient electronic score that's as deliciously moody as it is modern. Julyan's tense soundscape is cannily seasoned with a well-chosen, equally modern slate of club and rock tracks from Roni Size, Thievery Corporation, Monc, Moby, Peace Orchestra, Paul Oakenfold, Radiohead, Björk, and David Bowie, an eclectic mix that meshes perfectly with the film's nothing-is-what-it-seems sensibility. --Jerry McCulley
This is "space music" at its finest, electronic tonalities with a deep, dream-like quality. The soundtrack album brings out nuances of the score that were easy to miss when viewing the film. I find myself amazed at how deeply moving this music is. While a few cues from the film are missing (like the urgent, driven music that plays when Lenny confronts Natalie at her apartment about Dodd--one of my favorites), overall, the selection is very good. Highly recommended.
I love this CD. It's got all of the good music from the movie. I haven't listened to the songs by some of the bands, because I was only interested in the music score of the album. When you listen to each track, that certain moment of the movie plays back in your mind right that second. Track 1 and 19 are the best ones, or at least I think so. There are other good ones as well.
If you loved the music in "Memento," get this soundtrack while you still can. It's got great music. What a great soundtrack!