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Ocean's 12 - David Holmes and various


Review: Jack Foley

THE cool vibe surrounding all things Ocean's 11 is retained in the soundtrack to that film's sequel, Ocean's 12.

Featuring the return of DJ/producer, David Holmes, the soundtrack is another exquisitely slick affair that effortlessly taps into the debonair charm of the movie, while helping to lend the film its super-cool feel.

Ocean's 11 featured such Holmes classics as 69 Police and Gritty Shaker, mixed in with choice cuts from Elvis Presley (A Little Less Conversation), and The Handsome Boy Modeling School (The Projects), not to mention Perry Como (Papa Loves Mambo).

Ocean's 12 features an all-new score from Holmes, as well as guest slots from the likes of Gianni Ferrio (L'Appuntamento) and Dynastie Crisis (Faust 72), which underline the chic European feel of the movie.

The soundtrack works best when Holmes is fully at play, delivering a fresh blast of funky, sixties/seventies Lalo Schifrin-inspired grooves, packed with organ-heavy wah-wah and laidback skits.

His opening salvo, £165 Million, is a classic case in point, a sharp, edgy joyride of a tune that also serves to get the movie going (as Clooney's Danny Ocean is forced to flee the nearby advances of Andy Garcia's vengeful Terry Benedict).

Yet the same hip vibe is carried throughout several of the other numbers, which mark several of the film's cons and heists in locations varying from Italy's Lake Como and Rome, to the backstreets of Amsterdam, or even Paris and Monte Carlo.

Stealing The Stock is a gloriously pumped up, fast-moving affair, while the brash trumpet fanfare which permeates throughout The Day Of contains all the swagger of Ocean's crew, not to mention their style.

It is a showboat for the movie and for Holmes, which can't fail to get you excited.

There are inevitable moments, of course, when things feel too soundtrack-driven and completely lost with no scene in mind - such as the tension builders.

But they are few and far between and Holmes manages to come away with a soundtrack that could just as easily work on its own, providing plenty of hip-shaking dance numbers that really get you into the funky groove.

This is epitomised by the fantastic Yen On A Carousel, a sublime mix of trendy beats, cracking guitar riffs and 69 Police-style organs that mark the soundtrack at its feelgood finest.

Or the album closer, Ascension to Virginity, by Dave Grusin, which veers perilously close to cheesy Eurotrash territory, before emerging as a Seventies-soaked disco favourite that is simply too cool for words.

In short, this is one soundtrack that's worth owning even if you haven't seen the movie. If you have, then you'll probably already know what I mean.

Track listing:
1. L'Appuntamento-Gianni Ferrio
2. £165 Million + Interest / The Round Up-David Holmes
3. L.S.D. Party-Roland Vincent
4. Lifting The Building-David Holmes
5. 10.35 / Turn Off Camarra 3-David Holmes
6. Twilight On The Sea-Piero Umilani
7. What R We Stealing-David Holmes
8. Faust 72-Dynastie Crisis
9. Stealing The Stock / Le Renard De Nuit-David Holmes
10. 29-7-04 The Day Of-David Holmes
11. Lazy 9-Yellow Hammer
12. Explosive Corrosive Joseph-John Schroder Orchestra
13. Yen On A Carousel-David Holmes
14. The Real Story-David Holmes
15. Ascension To Virginity-Grusin Orchestra
16. Three 8 Bar Drum Loops-David Holmes [Hidden Track]

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