Picks and Pans Review: Trainspotting Soundtrack

updated 07/15/1996 AT 01:00 AM EDT

originally published 07/15/1996 AT 01:00 AM EDT

Various Artists

Looking for a natural high? If so, just crank up this sampler of semi-classics and previously unreleased goodies from the soundtrack of Trainspotting, the controversial British movie about junkies opening in the U.S. on July 19. Unlike the movie, which charts the grim adventures of its lowlife protagonists, this disc is one uplifting joyride. Blur and Pulp offer typically arty, eccentric pleasures, and Sleeper rips through Blondie's "Atomic" with crisp New Wave sass. While a pair of pumped-up Iggy Pop oldies, a gothic New Order groove and Lou Reed's uncharacteristically fragile "Perfect Day" provide veteran star-power, whippersnappers like Underworld and Bedrock (featuring KYO) give Trainspotting its biggest boost. (Capitol)

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