Sexy Beast [Soundtrack]

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Barnes & Noble - Dave Gil de Rubio
Fueled by the jittery tension of the hard-boiled British gangster flick Sexy Beast, the duo of James Lavelle and DJ Shadow (a.k.a. U.N.K.L.E.) provide the lion's share of music for its moody and mostly instrumental soundtrack. Here, U.N.K.L.E. team up with the ambient rock band South, and the resulting disc is a fusion of movie dialogue (mostly provided by Ben Kingsley's sinister and vulgar thug character, Don Logan) interspersed with clattering beats, low-pitched humming notes, and swooshing keyboards on cuts such as "Cocaine and Camcorders," "Psychosis," and "Logan's Run." Complementing U.N.K.L.E.'s drum-'n'-bass-driven instrumentals are recordings from Spanish composer Roque Banos, whose original material ranges from the brassy and celebratory, Rat Pack-flavored swing of "Party at the Restaurant" to the more brooding "Teddy the Beast," which bubbles over with ominous string arrangements, delicately plucked guitar, and sound effects lifted from the film's underwater heist. Rounding out this adventurous set are cuts by the Stranglers (the swaggering "Peaches"), Dean Martin (the seductive rhumba-esque "Sway"), Derek Martin (the early '60s soul nugget "Daddy Rollin' Stone"), and Henry Mancini (the lush "Lujon"). With its eclectic mix, Sexy Beast is as provocative and daring an outing as the film it accompanies.
All Music Guide - MacKenzie Wilson
Jonathan Glazer's provocative thriller Sexy Beast mixed mystery with sensuality thanks to the film's gutsy soundtrack. UNKLE's James Lavelle masterminded a big part of the project alongside Peter Raeburn, Dorian Wathen, and Tom Kenyatta; however, UNKLE thoroughly took charge with their thick electronic edges and dark, atmospheric hip-hop loops. UNKLE also teamed up with the U.K. electronic outfit South to create the lush and mystifying ambience captured in their six tracks. Songs like "Cocaine and Camcorders" and "Suicide" spiral with mad trip-hop beats for an angry soundscape of the film's rising haste and passion. The Stranglers' cult hit "Peaches," from 1977's Rattus Norvegicus, was an appropriate introduction to the film and soundtrack, projecting a jaunty, loose feel. However, the culmination of Roque Baños' tranquil, yet boastful instrumentals with character voice overdubs selected additional emotion captured in Sexy Beast. "Teddy the Beast" bubbles with screeching synths and howling orchestration; a sense of loss is immediate. The film's initial point is that "there's a bit of the beast in all of us." Dean Martin's "Sway" may be an ironic close to the soundtrack, but yeah, a beast does lurk in each soul, and the musical composition to this haunting flick does a smashing job in allowing the listener to grimace and agree with that exact thing.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 6/12/2001
  • Label: Beyond Records
  • UPC: 639857819826
  • Catalog Number: 578198

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Peaches - The Stranglers (5:16)
  2. 2 Lujon - Henry Mancini & His Orchestra (2:32)
  3. 3 Cocaine and Comcorders - South (5:53)
  4. 4 Cocaine and Camcorders - South (6:15)
  5. 5 Logan's Run - South (5:24)
  6. 6 Psychosis - South (1:45)
  7. 7 Paranoid - South (5:14)
  8. 8 Suicide - South (4:07)
  9. 9 Daddy Rollin' Stone - Derek Martin (2:22)
  10. 10 Gal and Dedee @@Roque Baños (1:14)
  11. 11 Teddy the Beast @@Roque Baños (5:35)
  12. 12 Party at the Restaurant @@Roque Baños (2:30)
  13. 13 Sway - Dean Martin (2:43)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Dean Martin Track Performer
The Stranglers Track Performer
Derek Martin Track Performer
Henry Mancini & His Orchestra Track Performer
Technical Credits
Dick Pierce Producer
James Lavelle Producer, Executive Producer
Syd Brak Illustrations
Dorian Wathen Executive Producer
Cameron Craig Engineer
Damian Taylor Producer, Engineer, Sound Design
Richard File Programming, Producer
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Another Soundtrack That Saves the Film

    The soundtrack album for Sexy Beast is another in a long list of film music that turns out to be the movie's saving grace. Track #1, Peaches by The Stranglers is the films opening music, and sets the overall tone for the movie that would seem tired and bland without it. The majority of the album, though, is performed by Unkle, another group whose songs match the environment of the movie exactly the way it should. If you haven't seen the film, watch it before listening to the soundtrack. After that, you'll want to hear it time and again.

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