Having not seen Snatch yet and falling asleep after to many drinks during Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels, I wondered how appropriate it was for me to review this soundtrack. Film or not, the Snatch soundtrack stands alone as a fine work and stakes its claim as best soundtrack of 2001. Compiled by the Guy Ritchie himself, the tracks are showcased (and loudly from what I hear) in the most up-front fashion throughout the film. Unlike Snatch, a large number of soundtrack albums fall victim to the unfortunate trend of including top 40 hits that you will never find anywhere in the film so they can milk every penny with the aid of the films marketing campaigns. But not Ritchie, he likes his tunes in your face as the cars collide, the blood runs and the bullets fly.
The twenty tracks cover some extensive sonic territory and in some instances this might not have been pulled of with such skill. Classic post-modern/ Ska tunes by artists such as The Stranglers. 10CC, and The Specials mix with down tempo gems by The Herbaliser and Massive Attack. Guy Ritchie also features "Lucky Star" by his new bride Madonna as well as Music collaborator, Mirwais and gritty classic Funk songs by Maceo & The Macks and Bobby Byrd.
It was nice to listen to such a creatively blended selection of music for a soundtrack, other film producers should take note and select tracks themselves for their next film (unless of course their music tastes suck). In addition to some of the more popular artists there also some incredible lounge-style tracks by The Johnston Brothers and John Murphy and there are a couple of dialogue snippets included in the soundtrack. Guy Ritchie managed to include small amounts as opposed to the overboard Reservoir Dogs style of including large chunks of dialogue for the most annoying to mouth together in unison. This is an excellent soundtrack for all listeners, I wonder if the film is as good?
- "KUASEHFGAIURGH"- Brad Pitt *
- "Diamond" – Klint
- "Supermoves" – Overseer
- "Hernando’s Hideaway"- The Johnston Brothers
- "Golden Brown" – The Stranglers
- "Dreadlock Holiday" 10CC
- "Hava Nagila" – John Murphy
- "Avi Arrives" – Dennis Farina *
- "Cross The Tracks (We Better Go Back) – Maceo & The Macks
- "Disco Science" – Mirwais
- "Nemesis" – Alan Ford *
- "Hot Pants (I’m Coming)"- Bobby Byrd
- "Lucky Star"- Madonna
- "Ghost Town" – The Specials
- "Are You There"- Klint
- "Sensual Woman" –The Herbaliser
- "Angel" – Massive Attack
- "Fuckin In The Bushes" – Oasis
- "Don’t You Just Know It"- Huey ‘Piano’ Smith & The Clowns
- "Avi’s Declaration" – Dennis Farina *
* - Dialogue