For the audio companion to the Irish independent crime romp Intermission, the producers have compiled an amiable set of power pop confections that mirror the soundtrack for Trainspotting. First up is a version of the Sonny Curtis classic "I Fought the Law," sung in an almost indecipherable blue-collar brogue by Irish bad boy Colin Farrell. Musically it's a carbon copy of the Clash's version, but the actor manages to tap into the tune's working-class bloodline, extracting a surprisingly raucous performance from a song that's been covered to death by every nubile punk band in existence. The inclusion of U2's "Out of Control," a track that sounds as powerful today as it did in 1980, adds needed weight to the set, allowing the listener to rise above fun -- but empty -- filler like the Fun Lovin' Criminals' "Scooby Snacks." "Newgrange," one of Clannad's darker moments, adds an air of introspection to the play list, striking a balance between sunny offerings from the Thrills and Ron Sexsmith. Overall, Intermission gets points for attitude and flow, amicably delivering a midsummer diversion like a mixtape from an old friend.
AllMusic Review by James Christopher Monger