DAVID BYRNE Lead Us Not Into Temptation (Thrill Jockey) Rating: NNN Rating: NNN
The idea of David Byrne directing members of Mogwai, Belle & Sebastian and others in a session of "John Cagian indeterminacy" sounds like a disaster of Hindenburgian proportions. Give the man some credit, though. As the soundtrack for the film Young Adam (based on a novel by Scottish beat writer Alexander Trocchi), Lead Us Not Into Temptation is a subdued, largely unpretentious work. Byrne only sings twice, and even then not in proper songs. With an orchestra at his disposal, his score is appropriately understated but also listenable all the way through, a rarity for soundtracks, although he somehow manages to take the swing and fire out of Charles Mingus’s Haitian Fight Song.
Young Adam gets a Toronto International Film Festival screening today (Thursday, September 11) at noon at the Varsity.