Hal Hartley's film Amateur was given one of the most effective soundtrack albums of the 1990s. Instead of relying on shoddy leftovers from contemporary hitmakers, Amateur features songs from some of the early-'90s best alternative albums: "Only Shallow" by My Bloody Valentine (from Loveless), "Girls! Girls! Girls!" by Liz Phair (from Exile in Guyville), "Here" by Pavement (from Slanted & Enchanted), and "Water" by PJ Harvey (from Dry). It also includes great tracks by Red House Painters ("Japanese to English") and the Jesus Lizard ("Then Comes Dudley"). In addition to these great previously released songs is the superb score, reminiscent of Brian Eno's Music for Films and co-written by Hartley (under the pseudonym Ned Rifle) and Jeffrey Taylor.
Share this page
AllMusic Review by Brian Flota