Pineapple Express review by Original Soundtrack

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  • Released: Aug 5, 2008
  • Sound: 8
  • Lyrics: 7
  • Overall Impression: 8
  • Reviewer's score: 7.7 Good
  • Users' score: 7.3 (4 votes)
Original Soundtrack: Pineapple Express
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Sound — 8
As you can gather by the movie's title, Pineapple Express, many of the songs on the soundtrack are related to the citrus fruit creating an island feel permeating from the melodies, even though the movie, which is due out on August 8, does not take place anywhere near where pineapples are grown. Still, the soundtrack garners island-textured melodies that exclude a calypso groove like Eddy Grant's pop tune from the '80s, Electric Avenue, Peter Tosh's bubbly Caribbean-laden Wanted Dread And Alive, and Brother Nolan's reggae curried Coconut Girl. The coupes of jazz horns and bolts of orchestral tones in Moondog & The London Saxophonic's track Bird's Lament have light-hearted trajectories, and Spiritualized's soft techno falls along I Didn't Mean To Hurt You have breezy folk motifs. The two electro-pop instrumentals, Pineapple Chase and Pineapple Fight, are composed by Graeme Revell and offer figurative movements which allow the listener to picture the action that is going on in the film, and the dance track Poison by '80s pop artist Bell Biv Devoe leave a pleasing impression on the listener's mind. Mountain's hard rock pushpins rumpling the melodic flow of Don't Look Around does not fit the typical balmy island profile of the other tunes, but it gives the compilation a certain heaviness that the other songs lack, and the Huey Lewis & The News track, Pineapple Express, which leads the album, is a fun-bopping, pop-lashing tune that is adorned with everything that fans have ever loved about this band back in the '80s.

Lyrics — 7
The lead track Pineapple Express lays out the story line for the movie: We got trouble / We got to get out of here / I've got you, you've got me / We are as high as high can be / That's all right / How did we get into this mess. It's not the first time that Huey Lewis & The News was called upon to deliver the theme song to a motion picture. The band did it back in 1985 for the Michael J. Fox comedy, Back To The Future.

Overall Impression — 8
The songs on the Pineapple Express soundtrack are mostly geared towards projecting an island getaway. A lot of the music has reggae and calypso motifs with a few rap tunes stacked in the shuffle like Cypress Hill's Dr. Greenthumb and Public Enemy's Lost At Birth, but over all, it is a commercial pop album. And leading that path is the title track from Huey Lewis & The News.

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    Delanoir
    You do realize that the name "Pineapple Express" has absolutely nothing to do with the fruit, or an island getaway. It's a type of weed.
    meonme
    Maybe Pineapple Express was merely a metaphor for the sense of paradise that the weed can give ya and how it can go away very quickly when the wrong things happen? Last time I checked the closest thing to "Pineapple Express" the weed is Hawaii Maui Waui so obviously it has to mean something. Cause come on Seth is smarter then just a simple weather patterned weed name.
    Ajones47
    You're all wrong, it's an allusion to a weather pattern known as "The Pineapple Express" - get it? It carries you away on a gentle breeze...
    classrocker
    k lets get this straight pinapple express is just a type of weed, not a gentle breeze or any of that shit.
    classrocker
    You're all wrong, it's an allusion to a weather pattern known as "The Pineapple Express" - get it? It carries you away on a gentle breeze...
    umm no im pretty sure its pot
    LordByron
    Pineapple express IS a weather pattern sorry classrocker. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pineapple_E... The reason the movie is called that is because one of the writers remembered that from school and thought for the movie it'd be cool if the weed grew in Hawaii and this weather pattern made it amazing. So therefore the weed is called Pineapple Express after the weather pattern that makes it.
    algemar
    LordByron wrote: Pineapple express IS a weather pattern sorry classrocker. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pineapple_E... The reason the movie is called that is because one of the writers remembered that from school and thought for the movie it'd be cool if the weed grew in Hawaii and this weather pattern made it amazing. So therefore the weed is called Pineapple Express after the weather pattern that makes it.
    win
    Harvey_Danger
    algemar wrote: LordByron wrote: Pineapple express IS a weather pattern sorry classrocker. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pineapple_E... The reason the movie is called that is because one of the writers remembered that from school and thought for the movie it'd be cool if the weed grew in Hawaii and this weather pattern made it amazing. So therefore the weed is called Pineapple Express after the weather pattern that makes it. win
    Facts beat all, super-win
    ultimo101
    Maybe they just named it that so noobs would argue over the internet as to what it truly means.