Review: Jack Foley
A SUPER-COOL film with an ultra-cool cast deserves to have a
really cool soundtrack and David Holmes does not disappoint on
the soundtrack to Ocean's Eleven.
Picking up virtually where he left off the last time he collaborated
with Steven Soderbergh (on Out Of Sight), Holmes turns out a series
of seriously funky rhytmns and beats guaranteed to find a warm
place in the home of any fan of great music.
Ocean's Eleven is a really easy listen, effortlessly capturing
the sound of Las Vegas and the cool criminal underworld Soderbergh's
movie characters inhabit, while at the same time keeping an eye
on the sounds of the 60s which inspired the Rat Pack original.
Sinatra may not be on the soundtrack, but scattered between the
Holmes moments is a diverse, but no less funky, collection of
cool classics, from Elvis Presley's little heard A Little
Less Conversation, Perry Como's Papa Loves Mambo and
even The Philadelhia Orchestra's Clair de Lune (from
Keeping things modern is Handsome Boy Modelling School's The
Projects (featuring Trugoy, from De La Soul and Del from
Del Tha Funkee Homosapien), as well as one of Belfast-born Holmes's
more well-known and more chart-friendly numbers, 69 Police
(which, I believe, has also been used in an advert).
And if that wasn't enough to recommend this quintissential beat-laden
mix, then fans of the movie will take delight in picking out soundbytes
from it - whether it is George Clooney introducing his character
of Daniel Ocean to a parole board, discussing heist plans with
Brad Pitt, or Elliott Gould explaining why Ocean's 11 thieves
should take down Terry Benedict's casinos.
The whole CD is an effortless, chilled out listen - much like
the movie is an effortless joy - so anyone who enjoyed the latter
is sure to want to own the former. It is well worth a gamble.