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Smokin' Aces OST

Smokin' Aces OST

Review by Jack Foley

IndieLondon Rating: 4 out of 5

SMOKIN’ Aces director Joe Carnahan claims to be heavily influenced by music, which is reflected in some of his casting for the action-thriller given that it boasts impressive acting debuts for Alicia Keys and Common, as well as The Tremor Brothers.

The film itself takes its cues from movies such as Tarantino’s Reservoir Dogs and Pulp Fiction, as well as Tony Scott’s True Romance and Guy Ritchie’s Lock, Stock & Two Smoking Barrels and, as such, boasts a soundtrack that captures the mad energy and cool vibe attached to proceedings.

We’re talking music from the likes of Motorhead, with their seminal Ace Of Spades that’s featured to such excellent effect in the trailer, to Outkast’s typically stylish Spottieottiedopalicious.

It’s tribute to Carnahan’s eclectic tastes and ear for a good tune, however, that the soundtrack seldom stays within any one musical genre for more than a track or two, effortlessly changing pace and style to provide a really good mix tape.

Hence, in the space of the first four tracks alone, listeners flit between The Prodigy’s dancefloor pumping First Warning to Motorhead’s offering, to Down On The Street by punk masters The Stooges, to the soulful Play Your Cards Right, written and recorded by Common and featuring the guest vocals of Bilal.

Further highlights include I Love You from The Bees, one of the best British indie-laced bands of the moment, and to complete the eclectic line-up, Morte Di Un Soldat from Ennio Morricone, a track featured to equally memorable effect on the soundtrack to Sergio Leone’s The Good, The Bad & The Ugly (for which it was written).

Indeed, that track provides as much of a surreal highlight on the album as it does in the film itself (you’ll know which scene we’re referring to once you’ve seen it), as well as a welcome respite from some of the contemporary offerings.

It means that Smokin’ Aces does indeed have that must-own vibe surrounding other cool movie soundtracks such as Pulp Fiction and Ocean’s 11 & 12 that makes it a worthy addition to any record collection. If only for bolstering your iPod/MP3 collections and broadening your horizons, it comes highly recommended as a worthwhile purchase even if you haven’t seen the film.

Track listing:

  1. The Prodigy – First Warning
  2. Motorhead – Ace of Spades
  3. The stooges – Down on the Street
  4. Common feat. Bilal – Play Your Cards Right
  5. Skull Snaps – Tresspassin
  6. Nilton Castro – Segura O Sambura
  7. Bernard Pretty Purdie – Touch Me Again
  8. Joe Baton – Under The Street Lamp
  9. Outkast – Spottieottiedopalicious
  10. Genius/GZA Liquid Swords – I Gotcha Back
  11. The Bees – I Love You
  12. Ennio Morricone – Morte Di Un Soldat
  13. John Cale – Big White Cloud
  14. The Make Up – Save Yourself
  15. Trivium – Like Light to the Flies
  16. Clint Mansell – FBI
  17. Clint Mansell – Shell Shock