BABY DRIVER Soundtrack Review
With the upcoming release of Baby Driver (no, not a Pixar film starring Alec Baldwin) directed by Edgar Wright, a spotlight will be shown on a soundtrack that really grooves. I'll be reviewing the music so if you're looking for a review, check out my fellow Amigo Sammy's review here. Wright (Shaun of the Dead, Hot Fuzz) follows the same direction as James Gunn did with the Guardians of the Galaxy movies by using music that the characters can actually hear to propel the storyline. In a Q&A livestream after a showing of Baby Driver, Wright actually talked about messaging back and forth with Gunn asking if each other had used a band in their respective movies so they wouldn't overlap.
The soundtrack to Baby Driver has 30(!) songs on it ranging the spectrum from "Baby Driver" by Simon & Garfunkel to "Radar Love" by Golden Earring. You'll also find Barry White, Martha & The Vandellas, The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion, Blur and many more. Wright does an awesome job of weaving them into the story as we listen along with Baby as he jumps from playlist to playlist and iPod to iPod. There's plenty of songs on this soundtrack I'd never heard before but still found myself tapping my foot along with them and couldn't wait to check them out when I got home.
The only "complaint" I have is that to me the movie made some of the songs better than they were when I listened to them after. For instance, "Bellbottoms" by The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion which accompanies the opening getaway, while a pretty decent song on its own, just didn't have the same pulse-pumping beat that I felt in the theater. Obviously that's due to the high-octane chase scene which subliminally enhanced the song for me. That doesn't mean the soundtrack is bad by any means, it just was a little bit of a letdown for me. Now another thing I do like about these types of movies is that just like the GotG soundtracks did, I was turned on to songs I had never heard before, like the super catchy "Know How" by Young MC which incorporates the theme from Shaft or "Brighton Rock" by rock-royalty Queen which features a bitchin' Brian May solo. So after you see the movie, give the soundtrack a listen as well.