Various Artists - Original Soundtrack for Man On The Moon (WEA) If the entertainment industry were a royal court, then Jim Carrey and REM would certainly be the main movers around the king - although they would hardly be the closest of allies: Carrey would be the face-pulling jester, the Georgian trio the lute-plucking poets. These disparate talents are brought together in the soundtrack of a biographical film about Andy Kaufman, the 'tragic comic' who made the public laugh despite a personal life of turmoil and who died of lung cancer at 36. The album marks REM's first foray into soundtrack territory but unlike the movie, likely to be a Christmas blockbuster, is a lacklustre affair. The high points are breezy but unsatisfying - the title track is an oldie from 1992, while The Great Beyond, written especially for the film, is an above-average anthem that harks back to their Automatic For The People days. The instrumentals are less than impressive and, funny though Friendly World may be, harbours too much comical yelping from Carrey to make it a successful collaboration. For aficionados, this record makes the wait for the next REM studio album more gut-wrenching than ever.