Anyone who drooled over the Drive
soundtrack, take note. The soundtrack for Cosmopolis,
the latest film from David Cronenberg, unites Cronenberg's usual composer, Howard Shore, with new-wave revivalist rock band Metric. What could have been a nightmare (and sounds like it on paper, frankly) ends up being a distinct pleasure. Shore's ominous compositions awake an unknown, welcome epic quality in Metric. The songs that feature Emily Haine's vocals immediately make any worry of strange bedfellows fade, such as the throbbing (and yes, Drive-
like) "Long to Live" or especially the grandiose "I Don't Want to Wait," which pairs Chariots of Fire
-style synths with a processed, shrill cry of a vocal that continuously pierces through the sheen of synthesizers. Shore's vocaless contributions are admirably performed by Metric and deliver industrial throb on tracks like "Asymmetrical" and more quizzical ambiance on songs like "A Credible Threat." A further treat comes in the form of "Mecca," which features rapper K'NAAN spouting lyrics inspired by Don DeLillo, who wrote the novel upon which Cosmopolis
is based, which when taken together with Shore's synth strings, flutes and choral clips of sound create the sound equivalent to an urban cathedral. While most of us don't yet know what the film holds, its soundtrack promises that at least aurally, the claim that Cosmopolis
returns to the earlier, trippier style Cronenberg developed early on with Shore's help on movies like The Fly
is back in full force.