Lock, Stock And Two Smoking Barrels Review

artist: Original Soundtrack date: 11/02/2005 category: compact discs
Original Soundtrack: Lock, Stock And Two Smoking Barrels
Release Date: Mar 23, 1999
Label: Maverick
Genres: Rock
Number Of Tracks: 18
This compilation disc has been already made with every song being top choice. The tracks on this CD were chosen be someone with taste as opposed to the usual bunch of Muppets.
 Sound: 9
 Lyrics: 6
 Overall Impression: 9
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overall: 8
Lock, Stock And Two Smoking Barrels Reviewed by: Ian_Milton, on november 02, 2005
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Sound: Reviewing a soundtrack is always going to be a harder task than reviewing a normal album by any band. This is because of the difference in styles of music involved, all the different bands involved in creating the album and quite often the lack of consistency in the quality of the tracks. However, the Lock Stock Soundtrack is a masterpiece, it is by no means technically brilliant, but it fits the script, the action and the atmosphere of the film perfectly. It really creates the same mood when listening to it, as the film does when watching it. Which is why it is such a pleasure to listen to. The album is very laid back and light-hearted, and is aimed at the mainstream media, I have no problem with this but I believe some people will simply be put off by its mainstream appeal, which is a shame. The album is not a complex listen, its all about the recreation of the mood in the film, its not about hidden meanings or messages, it's just for entertainment. The album is divided by actual quotes from the movie, which is a nice touch, again adding to the atmosphere of the film by dragging you back into the Lock Stock world. Definite highlights of the album for me are Dusty Springfield's 'Spooky', the E-Z Rollers old school drum 'n' bass track 'Walk This Land', 'Oh Girl' by the Evil Superstars, 'Why Did You Do It' by Stretch and 'Hundred Mile High City' by Ocean Colour Scene. They are just my personal favourites; it also includes tracks from the Stone Roses, James Brown and others. // 9

Lyrics: Because it is a compilation, the lyrics of the album are obviously written by many different artists, thus a review of the lyrics would be very long and challenging indeed. However what I will say, is that it is not a complex listen, anyone looking for a deep listen should look somewhere else, because this is just a light-hearted, mainstream album, for entertainment on a very simplistic level. // 6

Overall Impression: This album does exactly what it's supposed to, and it does it perfectly. The tracks were chosen intelligently and every single song fits the movie perfectly, recreating the hilarious moments that were in the movie itself. This album is a must for Lock Stock fans, creating plenty of nostalgia from the 1998 critically acclaimed English comedy/crime film. // 9

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