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By Greg

Click to Hear Aqua"Music from the controversial motion picture." I have not seen the "controversial " motion picture yet, but if the soundtrack is any indicator, American Psycho, is one dark, psychological drama. The movie is "controversial" because of its strong sexual nature, drug use, and of course, the murders committed by it's anti-hero Patrick Bateman.

From the very beginning the CD sets the perfect tone. The film is set in 1987, and the CD opens with a popular fun 80's tune with a twist. You Spin Me Round (Like a Record), originally made famous by Dead or Alive, is performed in what can best be described as a Goth motif by Dope. It is a hard driven, metal version of a typical, light, poppy 80's tune. This paradox is examined throughout the whole film.

Something in the Air, by David Bowie off his very dark and retrospective CD hours, is the next tune. I reviewed hours, about 6 months ago. It fits perfectly, again, with the theme of the movie.

Fittingly, The Cure make an appearance on this CD. Robert Smith and his band were the kings of 80's "doom and gloom" pop. I never understood that label, but Watching Me Fall on this soundtrack captures the 80's and the dark twisted mind of the anti-hero.

Patrick Bateman sets up for the kill.

In step with with dual nature of the film, New Order also appears on the soundtrack. Also labeled "doom and gloom," New Order produced danceable europop with dark lyrics throughout the 80's. True Faith, the 4th song on the CD, is probably the least appreciated best-song-of-all-time. By itself, it raises the value of any CD by 1 BB & B.

Other notable artists on the soundtrack are M/A/R/R/S, The Tom-Tom Club, and Information Society. They all provide classic examples of the world Patrick Bateman lives in during the movie -- the self indulgent 80's. Definitely worth revisiting.

Intermixed with the tunes are bits of dialog from the film. There is also the bonus dialog at the end. Track 38, I believe is the one. You should skip ahead to it after the last song. If you let it play and forget about the added dialog, you may freak out.

Put this CD in your collection. You'll gain some noteworthy 80's tunes, as well as some interesting music of today.

Ranking:   out of 5 BB&B's.

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