Rolling Stone (p.127) - 3.5 stars out of 5 -- "Mitchell mines a mother lode of alt-rock....A sentimental collection..."
Entertainment Weekly (p.87) - "[I]ndie avatars like Yo La Tengo, Animal Collective, and the Ark provide new, previously released, and rare tracks....balmy, melodic, and soothing." -- Grade: B+
Uncut (p.97) - 3 stars out of 5 -- "[H]ighlights are Animal Collective at their Beach Boys-gone-feral best and an unreleased trinket from Yo La Tengo..."
Perhaps the only thing better than hearing Animal Collective's "Winter's Love" on a top-notch movie theater sound system is to hear it while watching a highly explicit multi-participant sex scene. Such are the pleasures of seeing John Cameron Mitchell's controversial film SHORTBUS. But a large part of the film's bohemian fantasia is its music, and even without the titillating visuals, the soundtrack to SHORTBUS is a satisfying, sensual experience. The musical vibe, like the movie, is quirky, emotional, and atmospheric. New York City's indie elite are represented by the aforementioned Animal Collective, Yo La Tengo, Azure Ray, the Ark, and others. The strongest showing is from singer/songwriter Scott Matthew, who composed five original and charming songs for the film, all of which are included in this collection.