- Audio CD (June 15 1999)
- Original Release Date: 1999
- Number of Discs: 1
- Format: Soundtrack
- Label: Universal Music Canada
- Run Time: 106 minutes
- ASIN: B00000JCAN
- Other Editions: Audio CD | Audio Cassette | LP Record
- Average Customer Review: 111 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #20,974 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
Wild Wild West Soundtrack
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Tracks: Will Smith - Wild Wild West / Enrique Iglesias - Bailamos / Blackstreet - Confused / MC Lyte - Keep It Movin' / Tatyana Ali - Getting Closer / Tra-Knox - Lucky Day / Dr. Dre & Eminem - Bad Guys Always Die / Faith Evans - Mailman / Kel Spencer - I'm Wanted / Breeze - Hero / Neutral - Chocolate Form / Slick Rick - I Sparkle / Guy - The Best / Common - 8 Minutes To Sunrise / Lil' Bow Wow - Stick Up
Given that the film is a western, admittedly a sci-fi comedy western, the tracks on this disc wouldn't really fit in the movie. Of course, Wild Wild West is also a Will Smith blockbuster, and this is where the album takes its lead, making this a slick and polished successor to the best-selling Men in Black song album. Will Smith opens with the title tune, a catchy and highly commercial chart-storming rap featuring Dru Hill and Kool Mo Dee. The remaining 14 tracks are mainly light pop-rap, though "Bailamos" by Enrique Iglesias adds an attractive Latin flavour and Faith Evans' "Mailman" and "Hero" by Breeze are both smooth soul ballads. It's difficult to see how some of the tracks are really inspired by the film, while others skilfully stir western ingredients into the mix--"Bad Guys Always Die" by Dr. Dre & Eminem adding six-gun samples to an outlaw odyssey. This is state-of-the-art radio friendly US rap, but just make sure you get the album you really want, because the orchestral soundtrack album by Elmer Bernstein (who composed the western classic The Magnificent Seven) has a virtually identical cover. --Gary S. Dalkin
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"Confused" is a song I've learned to except, and just listen to it anyway; it's not that great, but not that bad. "Keep it Moving" is one of the better songs that I enjoy. "Getting Closer" has a great tune, but it's gets tiring after a while. "Bad Guys Always Die" is probably my second favorite on the CD, I just love Eminem and Dr. Dre. "Mailman" is overall depressing. The other two "exceptable" tunes are "8 minutes to Sunrise" and "Stick Up", even though it seems cut of. The whole thing IS wild.
Only two songs here are actually in the movie; the rest is just padding. OK, I admit, Will Smith's theme song is ok, but the rest could just as easily have been released on a separate album. In any case, THEY HAVE NO BUSINESS BEING ON AN ALBUM BILLED AS THE "SOUNDTRACK". They do not enhance the movie in any way, they do not even catch the movie's spirit. For the most part they come off vaguely as something akin to "Wild, Wild West in the 'Hood"; as a representative of a movie that is patently a Western (even a comedic one), the juxtaposition just doesn't work. Whose bright idea was this?
If you're a movie score fan, don't waste the money. Wait until Elmer Bernstein's score is released separately (as, I am told, it is scheduled to be). While you're at it, keep the pressure up on 20th Century Fox to release David Arnold's "Godzilla" score separately, just like they promised us.
Just don't bother with this album.
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