What does it sound like?:
I’ve raved about this film on these pages before, and I’m well aware it’s not everyone’s cup of tea. It baffles, irritates and delights in equal measure. I think it was one of last year’s top movies.
Anyway, I was surprised and pleased to see this second volume of soundtrack music when I did my weekly lunchtime ramble to Fopp today. It’s got a lovely cover and looks like a really nice little package.
I love the soundtrack to Baby Driver, and the volume 1 CD was one of my top compilations last year. This mops up a lot of the tracks that were missed from it, from REM’s New Orleans Instrumental to Sky Ferreira’s version of the Commodore’s Easy. More importantly, the compilation style matches the film itself a lot more than before, so you get key snatches of dialogue and sound effects, along with remixed versions of the songs (by young upstarts like Dangermouse and Kid Koala) as they appear in the film itself (jumps and scratches, a drum machine remix of Tequila, ambient noises, Focus by Hocus Pocus with synchronised machine gun noises, etc) so the experience of listening to it is a lot closer to the woozy potpourri feel of the film.
What does it all *mean*?
It’s a lovingly curated little piece. I thought the first soundtrack, while having some excellent music on it, suffered a little by being “just” a bunch of good songs. This is a much more thoughtful little package. It’s as if they’ve “done” the soundtrack proper and this is one for the fans.
Goes well with…
Driving around in the sunshine. Let’s hope we get a warm summer this year.
Might suit people who like…
The Baby Driver movie, obviously. People who haven’t seen or don’t like the movie will probably think this sounds chaotic or noisy. But fans (I am one) will get a real sense of joy from the sounds here.