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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.
Performance CreditsDean Martin Track Performer
Stranglers Track Performer
Derek Martin Track Performer
Henry Mancini & His Orchestra Track Performer
Technical CreditsDick 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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Sexy Beast [Soundtrack] based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
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.