Will Hermes
October 17, 2003 AT 04:00 AM EDT

Lead Us Not Into Temptation: Music From the Film Young Adam

Current Status
In Season
David Byrne
Thrill Jockey

We gave it a B+

Like Paul Westerberg recording for Vagrant, there’s something beautiful about David Byrne working with Thrill Jockey — the wizened elder teaming up with young indie kin just as the major labels seem done with him. This mostly instrumental set draws from the score of a Scottish indie about a barge worker (tres-hot Ewan McGregor) trying to screw his ghosts away. Long on strings and ambient guitars, Byrne’s music is wonderfully brooding without losing the odd bounce in its step; chamber-rock moonlighters from Mogwai and Belle & Sebastian help capture the regional vibe. SINGING FROM THE HEAD ”The Great Western Road” is a surreal piano ballad with Byrne sounding like a cross between Groucho Marx and God.

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