Soundtrack Review: KICK-ASS
What does a superhero movie sound like? KICK-ASS. The soundtrack for said film is an adrenaline-pumping mix of comic book-esque electronic plus a good helping of solid rock. Specific clips of dialogue precede a handful of the tracks and help drive home the idea of kicking ass and taking names.
The title track, “Kick Ass (We Are Young),” has quickly shot to the top of my must-play list. I have had this song on repeat since it blasted through my speakers on first listen of the album. It is not just catchy; it is also that rare mix of driving rock plus pop style lyrics that have you singing along after only a few choruses. No surprise this song comes from Mika, known for his infectious pop songs (“Lollipop”), and produced by RedOne, best known for his work with Lady Gaga.
The Prodigy turn in two tracks, “Stand Up” and “Omen." Each track is full of their unique electronic beats which sound like they could have been pulled straight out of a video game featuring our band of self-appointed heroes. “Stand Up” is pure instrumentals, while “Omen” gives us lyrics, but has the words sucked into the electronic chorus so they almost become extensions of the beats themselves.
Taylor Monsem proves that she’s more than just a Gossip Girl, this girl can also sing. The Pretty Reckless, fronted by Monsem, made me want to rock more than “Make Me Wanna Die” (per the track’s title) and this ended up being one of my favorite tracks off the collection.
Along with all this ass-kicking rock n’ roll is the classic western showdown tune “Per Qwalche Dollar In Piu” by composer Ennio Morricone and a gospel-sounding Elvis Presley with “An American Trilogy." I was not blown away by Sparks’ track “This Town Ain’t Big Enough For The Both Of Us,” which played a bit like an overly dramatic Broadway tune. This song felt like a punch to the jaw that made me stumble for a moment after having listened to a succession of rock songs – but maybe that was the point?
If mere mortals can rise up to become super heroes sans any genetically enhanced “powers," they at least need something to get them amped up to go out and, well – you know, KICK-ASS. This soundtrack delivers and made me want to strap on some skintight latex and go out and fight some bad guys. Who’s with me?
This soundtrack is available through DGC/Interscope Records.
1. “Stand Up” – The Prodigy
2. “Kick Ass (We Are Young)” – Mika Vs. RedOne
3. “Can’t Go Back” – Primal Scream
4. “There’s a Pot a Brewin’” – The Little Ones
5. “Omen” – The Prodigy
6. “Make Me Wanna Die” – The Pretty Reckless
7. “Banana Splits” – The Dickies
8. “Starry Eyed” – Ellie Goulding
9. “This Town Ain’t Big Enough For The Both Of Us” – Sparks
10. “We’re All In Love” – New York Dolls
11. “Bongo Song” – Zongamin
12. “Per Qwalche Dollaro In Piu” – Ennio Morricone
13. “Bad Reputation” – The Hit Girls
14. “An American Trilogy” – Elivs Presley