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  • Soundtrack Review "Django Unchained" — 5 out of 5 stars

    Tue, 18 Dec 2012 08:03:08

    Soundtrack Review "Django Unchained" — 5 out of 5 stars - By ARTISTdirect.com editor in chief Rick Florino...

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    It's no surprise that the year's best film, Django Unchained, also has the best soundtrack. [iTunes link]

    As with all Quentin Tarantino fare, the music spans a myriad of genres from Ennio Morricone's Spaghetti Western instrumentals to Rick Ross's gruff, guttural, and gut-busting rap. Through the director's alchemical magic, everything works in a harmony on par with that of a "Big Kahuna Burger" and a Sprite. Like all Tarantino soundtracks, the album weaves together hilarious dialogue in between the songs, playing out with a similar narrative to the film.

    Luis Bacalov's "Django" echoes classic themes from timeless westerns, while Anthony Hamilton's "Freedom" builds with a tense beat and hypnotic soul crooning. Elisa Toffoli's "Ancora Qui" proves beautifully haunting as acoustic guitar resounds under her pristine delivery. Meanwhile, Jim Croce's "I Got a Name" fits nicely right in the middle of the record.

    Rick Ross's "100 Black Coffins" remains a stand out. It's a landmark for modern hip hop as he tells a gruesome and gritty story over production that sounds plucked right from the score with some dialogue sprinkled in for good measure. Its infectious and irresistible hook hits with the power of a sawed-off shotgun. Then, there's "Unchained (The Payback/Untouchable)"—the 2Pac and James Brown mash-up that's so artful it feels futuristic, but it couldn't fit the film better.

    Ultimately, not only does Tarantino have another masterpiece film on his hands but a masterpiece soundtrack. Check it out, streaming at UnchainedSoundtrack.com.

    Rick Florino
    12.18.12


    Will you be seeing Django Unchained on December 25? Will you be getting the soundtrack now?



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