Director Guy Ritchie has that Tarantino instinct for song intros that immediately arrest the attention. The best example is the Stranglers' classic "Golden Brown", which never gets further than its opening 30 seconds in the movie; ditto "Ghost Town" from the Specials. The album opens with the tour-de-force instrumental of Klint's "Diamond", which builds from the one instinct into his other for sustained rhythms. It's a cracking beginning as things move into triple speed with Overseer's "Supermoves". Following them up is a pretty eclectic bag of allsorts, but like the film itself, it all just about hangs together. There is reggae from 10cc with "Dreadlock Holiday", saucy soul from Bobby Byrd's "Hot Pants (I'm Coming, Coming, I'm Coming)", and oh look there's Madonna! Ritchie obviously considers their relationship his "Lucky Star". A little star power never hurts of course, and that is also provided by Massive Attack getting all Doors-like for "Angel", and Oasis "F**kin' in the Bushes". In the liberally sprinkled dialogue cuts, Alan ("Bricktop") Ford is as frightening on record as on film. It isn't quite Ritchie's Pulp Fiction
, but all the hallmarks are certainly here. --Paul Tonks
Import pressing features three additional tracks over the US edition. Soundtrack to film by UK director Guy Ritchie (Lock Stock And Two Smoking Barrels) and starring Brad Pitt. Features irresistably eclectic mix of new and old and includes classic tracks by The Specials, Massive Attack, Madonna, Oasis, Mirwais and The Stranglers among others. Universal.