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When Trent Reznor produced the soundtrack to 1994's Natural Born
Killers, he linked together a startling assortment of artists ranging
from L7 to Bob Dylan, Patsy Cline to Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan, and wove
them into the very fabric of the movie. Just as he captured the flashy
overstatement of Oliver Stone's cinematic style, Reznor has seen to it
that the soundtrack for David Lynch's latest is fraught with all the
surreal, delectably creepy ambience we've come to expect from the
man responsible for Blue Velvet and Twin Peaks.
Nearly a third of the tracks are by Lynch's longtime cohort, Angelo
Badalamenti, and his dark, dreamy compositions bind the soundtrack
together -- no small feat, considering the strange cast of supporting
characters. Reznor -- solo -- dabbles in ambient soundscapes
("Videodrones; Questions"), then tempers the familiar grind of Nine
Inch Nails with a techno edge ("The Perfect Drug"). Also techno-
vated are (yes, really) the Smashing Pumpkins, stirring up fond
memories of '80s synth- pop masters like Yaz and Blancmange with
their contribution, "Eye."
Lou Reed, sounding oddly enough like a neurotic Johnny Cash, veers
off the urban asphalt path and into rustic territory with an earthy,
slightly twangy cover of old friend Doc Pomus's "This Magic Moment."
Marilyn Manson is predictably gritty and perverse, giving Screamin'
Jay Hawkins' classic "I Put a Spell on You" a devious post- Alice
Cooper twist. Jazzy interludes scattered throughout run from cool and
breezy to sultry and swinging with a couple downright torrid bebop
outbursts in between; Badalamenti's "Red Bats with Teeth" does it all
in one swell swoop.
The sonic trek winds to a close right where it began, with the suave
brooding of David Bowie's "I'm Deranged." Lost Highway certainly
covers some wild and varied terrain, but thanks to Reznor's savvy ear
it never veers off track.
By Sandy Masuo
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