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Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind
(2004)
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Composed, Performed, and Produced by:
Jon Brion
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LABEL & RELEASE DATE
Hollywood Records
(March 16th, 2004)
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Regular U.S. release.
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Nominated for a Grammy Award.
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Buy it... only if you are an enthusiast of the film, for this is a score that is inextricably tied to the unconventionality of its overarching production.

Avoid it... if you're weary of Jon Brion's often quirky compositional styles or expect his music here to exhibit more than a drab, wayward personality on album.
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FILMTRACKS TRAFFIC RANK: #837
WRITTEN 1/21/05, REVISED 10/5/08
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Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind: (Jon Brion) Highly respected for its unconventional twist on a typical, dramatic romance story, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind proposes that the commercial technology will exist in the future to allow for one individual to be erased from memory. When the on-screen pair of Jim Carrey and Kate Winslet experience a difficult split in their relationship, they both end up paying to have their memories of the other person eliminated. But Carrey's procedure proves problematic, as his subconscious refuses to let go of a few hidden memories. The film's flashback format allows for the relationship to be explored in a frightfully disjointed way, though anyone familiar with the stories of Charlie Kaufman and films of Michel Gondry know that conventions and expectations often go out the window in their projects. The same usually applies to the music for their productions, and a good match for the irregular sounds of Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind was Jon Brion, a producer and performer for an array of pop artists as well as the composer for cult favorites Magnolia and Punch-Drunk Love. To say that Brion's music doesn't consistently exist in any one genre is perhaps too simplistic of a definition, though he has proven to be a composer whose works often attract the same loyal group of listeners who blindly appreciate his techniques. For Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, he offers very little that speaks toward the genre's most general norms, outside, perhaps, of an occasional element of jazz here and there. The ensemble is very simplistic, restricted in every cue to either Brion's own solo performances or a small ensemble that features a prominent soloist. The style of a jazz that exudes from piano solos in conjunction with a bass offer the most recognizable semblance of romance in the work. As expected, however, Brion takes the opportunity to use unique mixing techniques to alter his music into the realm of the quirky. And quirky is absolutely the best word with which to describe this entire work.



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Average: 3.03 Stars
***** 60 5 Stars
**** 52 4 Stars
*** 54 3 Stars
** 50 2 Stars
* 56 1 Stars
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Nice Review! Very good movie, fitting soundtrack.
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All Right!!
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TRACK LISTINGS AND AUDIO
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Total Time: 57:02
• 1. Theme (2:24)
• 2. Mr. Blue Sky* - performed by Electric Light Orchestra (5:03)
• 3. Collecting Things (1:13)
• 4. Light & Day - performed by The Polyphonic Spree (3:02)
• 5. Bookstore (0:52)
• 6. It's the Sun (KCRW Morning Becomes Eclectic Version, Live)* - performed by The Polyphonic Spree (5:33)
• 7. Wada Na Tod - performed by Lata Mangeshkar (5:54)
• 8. Showtime (0:55)
• 9. Everybody's Gotta Learn Sometimes - performed by Beck (5:54)
• 10. Sidewalk Flight (0:31)
• 11. Some Kinda Shuffle - performed by Don Nelson (2:10)
• 12. Howard Makes it All Go Away (0:14)
• 13. Something - performed by The Willowz (2:23)
• 14. Postcard (0:23)
• 15. I Wonder* - performed by The Willowz (2:56)
• 16. Peer Pressure (1:12)
• 17. A Dream Upon Waking (3:36)
• 18. Strings That Tie to You - performed by Jon Brion (2:33)
• 19. Phone Call (1:03)
• 20. Nola's Bounce - performed by Don Nelson (1:56)
• 21. Down the Drain (0:56)
• 22. Row (0:59)
• 23. Drive In (2:19)
• 23. Main Title (1:23)
• 25. Spotless Mind (1:12)
• 26. Elephant Parade (0:26)
* not featured in the film

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