Wayne Wang's new film, Center of the World, plunges the viewer into the sensuous swirl of a Las Vegas weekend with two people who barely know each other.

Wayne Wang's new film, Center of the World, plunges the viewer into the sensuous swirl of a Las Vegas weekend with two people who barely know each other. The film's soundtrack offers its own lush pleasures by compiling the music of such vital world-fusion artists as Bebel Gilberto, Euphoria, Ekova, and Robbie Robertson. Unlike so many soundtracks that are simply a collection of occasionally interesting songs, the music here has a cinematic feel, and the stylistically diverse sounds often parallel the emotions in the movie. Robertson's "Rattlebone" echoes the early world-fusion experiments of David Byrne and Brian Eno, Gilberto's "Alguem" is a swanky update of bossa nova, and DJ Cheb I Sabbah's "Kese Kese" adds a Middle Eastern flavor to the mix. In the end, the various tracks combine to make a fine sampler of the world's many stylish rhythms.—MJ

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