Inglourious Basterds has a few misses, but Inglourious Basterds is Tarantino's most rewarding and beautiful compilation to date. While the Kill Bill soundtracks (most likely Vol 1) had some gorgeous moments of orchestrated music, it did have some pop songs in the mix. Inglourious Basterds has a few instances of pop music (and all of them are extremely old, yet strangely charming in some way). Only David Bowie's Cat People resembles somewhat modern popular music, and there is a lone funk track. The rest of it is gorgeous music, with quite a bit of it provided by the great Ennio Morricone. Here's a rundown of the songs.
1. The Green Leaves of Summer-The track in the opening credits. This is an extremely melancholy song, but absolutely sweeping, theatric, and utterly gorgeous. It's a great soundtrack to the diary of Anne Frank.
2. The Verdict-Kind of similar to the opening theme, though it's less sweeping and theatric. It uses a heavy dose of a homage to a nutcracker song it seems (the similarites are there), and alternatives with lot's of gorgeous spanish guitar
3. White Lightning-Kind of low key funky, with country and mystic sort of hazes mixed in. Almost if James Bond was a jungle explorer, this might be his theme.
4. Slaughter-A somewhat odd mix of hard rock and funk, but still worth jamming to. Perfectly captures the whole aura of Hugo, a somewhat notorious aura that gives off a "don't _____ with me" attitude.
5. The Surrender-The most bombast piece of music on the whole disc. This one shows no subtely after building up the around the time "The Bear Jew" (one of my favorite Tarantino characters). It's saxophones blast in your face more noisly than any Ornette Coleman (no, it's nowhere as great as Coleman, no ______ way). I got a bit much out of it, but it's still fun.
6. One Silver Dollar-Argubably more gorgeous than Green Leaves of Summer, though not as sweeping and theatric. It's one of the strongest on the soundtrack. It uses a heavy use of horns in the song.
7. Davon geht die welt nicht unter-Actually kind of meh. No real melodies of any kind actually. Thankfully, it's not very long
8. The Man With the Big Sombrero-Extremely catchy, kind of beautiful, and pretty classy.
9. Ich Wollt, ich war ein Huhn-Longer, the singing is more silly, but very infectious. There's some jamming in it as well. You know, I like this kind of music, though I never would.
10. Dark of the SUn Theme-Extremely murky song, kind of dark, but very infectious and tuneful. Very good song.
11. Cat People-Anthemic, this song starts out subtle, than bursts out into the bombast and experimental, the theme for the night assasination of Hitler.
12. Tiger Tank-Extremely tense, utterly brilliant, and infectious and pounding song. Who knew a military march could be so inclined to make you wave your arms around like a maniac conducter?
13. Un Amico-Trademark theatrical Tarantino, without any hint of negative traits. Really dramatic with heavy use of sweeping strings.
14. Rabbia e Tarantella-A Piano drive march song, somewhat kind of like Dark of the Sun, though, more dramatic, less subdued, but no less greater. It ends very odd, kind of like what would happen if the landspace the music paints suddenly hit a blizzard. Still great all around
IF there is a problem, the soundtrack is not exactly complete. The loss of Mystic and Severe (a great track) kind of stinks, and some random tracks I sadly forgot about is not here (the same happened to kill Bill Vol 1, especially From Man to Man). In fact, a grand total of 13 songs in the movie are not on here (although one of the songs was reused from Kill Bill, which was the White Lightning Bit. I'm not quiet sure if that's a good thing, Tarantino). Still though, while not exactly perfect (will a few clunkers, bound to happen in his soundtracks, actually), the mix is eccentric, refreshing, and hardly any filler