Lead Us Not Into Temptation: Music From the Film Young Adam 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… Lead Us Not Into Temptation: Music From the Film Young Adam 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… 2003-09-09 David Byrne
Review

Lead Us Not Into Temptation: Music From the Film Young Adam (2003)

EW's GRADE
B+

Details Release Date: Sep 09, 2003; Lead Performance: David Byrne

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.

Originally posted Oct 17, 2003 Published in issue #733 Oct 17, 2003 Order article reprints