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Known in music circles as much for his racy soundtracks as for his even racier films, director Quentin Tarantino extends that reputation with the second installment in the Kill Bill saga, compiling yet another set of oddball tracks that imbue his story of vengeance with a cinematic flourish. As he did on the prior volume, Tarantino leans on his longtime love of rockabilly, once again dipping into the Charlie Feathers canon for the echo-soaked "Can't Hardly Stand It." The director also taps renowned spaghetti western composer Ennio Morricone for inspiration by way of three pieces: "Il Tramonto," shaded by lightly plucked acoustic guitar; "L'Arena," with its rich mix of mariachi horns and an unobtrusive military cadence; and the foreboding "A Silhouette of Doom," which juxtaposes rumbling timpani and a gradually building string arrangement. Many of the highlights, however, come from lesser-known talents such as Shivaree (the Chris Isaakflavored noir of "Goodnight Moon"), Spanish folklorists Lole Y Manuel (the spirited flamenco of "Tu Mira"), and Italian film composer Luis Bacalov (whose breezy "Summertime Killer" grooves along on a funky bass line and chicken-scratch guitar). The only track directly connected to the film's martial arts theme is the lush "Urami Bushi," sung by actress Meiko Kaji. As usual, Tarantino adds snippets of movie dialogue, which, coupled with the eclectic music selections, makes Kill Bill, Vol. 2 an ass-kicking soundtrack.
Technical CreditsCharlie Feathers Composer
W.C. Handy Composer
Rod Argent Composer
Luis Bacalov Composer,Producer
Malcolm McLaren Composer
Ennio Morricone Composer,Producer
Duke McVinnie Composer
Alan Reeves Composer,Producer
Rick Rubin Producer
Joe Hayes Composer
Ricardo Pachon Producer
Pedro Galindo Composer
Elpidio Ramirez Composer
Jack Rhodes Composer
Quentin Tarantino Composer,Executive Producer
Lawrence Bender Executive Producer
Ambrosia Parsley Composer
Robert Rodriguez Producer
Jerry Huffman Composer
Alon Amir Artwork
Philip Brigham Composer,Producer
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Carl Thiel Producer
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
This cd is great. I loved the first one and this one is no letdown. I love Quentin's movies but I am rating this cd on what it is, great. This cd really shows how Quentin Tarentino is. It has style and coolness. This cd is the bomb. BUY IT.
I went out and bought the album the DAY IT CAME OUT because I knew that Kill Bill: Volume 2's soundtrack was going to be equal or better than Volume 1's. I WAS RIGHT!
i felt this soundtrack really went well with the feeling of the movie kill bill 2. the song, "about her" by malcom mclaren i think is the best on the whole cd. it really moved me and i believe it expresses the brides love for her daughter. rock on quintin, you've done it again.
I love this cd. The Legend of Pai Mai is a personal fav.
The music in the first volume is just cooler because of the nature of the first film I think. More action just gave way to more music. But, this album is no let down! It's got some real cool tracks as do all of the QT soundtracks.