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Quentin Tarantino's 'Django Unchained' soundtrack - Album review

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Released on Tuesday, Dec 18 2012

'Django Unchained' soundtrack cover artwork
Though most view Quentin Tarantino as a filmmaker defined by gruesome violence and rat-a-tat dialogue, it's easy to forget just how good he is at putting music to the moving image. From Michael Madsen's razor-wielding Mr Blonde slicing and dicing to 'Stuck in the Middle with You' to Pam Grier's Jackie Brown sliding onto the screen accompanied by 'Across 110th Street', QT's movies frequently produce iconic musical moments.

For his latest offering Django Unchained, Tarantino has raided his vinyl vaults to pull tracks from the Spaghetti Westerns of his youth. Rocky Roberts and Luis Bacalov's brilliant 'Django' heads up the soundtrack, while cuts of dialogue from Jamie Foxx, Christoph Waltz, Leonardo DiCaprio et al are spliced between twanging tracks.

There are also original compositions (a first for Tarantino) from Rick Ross, John Legend, Anthony Hamilton and the filmmaker's musical idol Ennio Morricone. It's the contributions from the legendary Italian composer - among them 'The Braying Mule', 'Sister Sara's Theme' and the new 'Ancora Qui' - that lend Django a classic Western feel, but the originals give the soundtrack its distinct Tarantinian vibe. The stand-out tune is perhaps Hamilton and Elayna Boynton's soulful ballad 'Freedom', a poignant anthem for Foxx's Django and his enslaved bride Broomhilda.

Tarantino's soundtrack cuts reflect his moviemaking ethos: he consumes, processes and re-creates a new experience for the viewer/listener - his influences become his identity, old transforms into new. This holds true for the excellent Django Unchained album, but with the added bonus of four original pieces bound uniquely to this film.


Tracks to download: 'Django', 'Freedom', 'Ancora Qui'
If you like this, you'll like: Kill Bill Vol 1, Inglourious Basterds soundtracks

Watch the Django Unchained trailer below:

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