Songs By: Various Artists

Distributed by: Varese Sarabande Records

Reviewed by Melissa Minners


                Inspired by a true story, Gold is the tale of Kenny Wells (Matthew McConaughey), a prospector desperate for a break.  Teaming up with a geologist, Wells heads off to the uncharted jungles of Indonesia searching for gold.  Finding the gold is difficult, but keeping it is next to impossible, what with everyone wanting a piece of the take.

                The Gold Soundtrack features songs by Iggy Pop, The Isley Brothers, The Pixies, Orange Juice, New Order and more.  The first track, Gold by Iggy Pop, was actually nominated for Best Original Song at the 2016 Golden Globes.  While I agree, the lyrics to Gold are perfect for the subject matter of the film, expressing the character of Kenny Wells perfectly, the singing…ugh.  The next song, Ron Klaus Wrecked His House by Big Dipper, was a total surprise.  With a musical hook similar to Fly Away by Lenny Kravitz, I was expecting a new version of this song, but when the lead vocalist of Big Dipper started to sing, I was floored.  There was some definite sampling going on here.

                I enjoyed the version of Spill the Wine by The Isley Brothers – much better version than those I’ve heard in the past.  I also enjoyed I Want to See the Bright Lights Tonight by Richard and Linda Thompson, a perfect nod towards both Wells’ search for riches and glory and the time period of the film.  In Hey by The Pixies, the singing is along the same line as Iggy Pop’s, though the music is pretty funky and cool. 

Someone once told me that if I didn’t have anything nice to say, I shouldn’t say anything at all.  There isn’t much nice I can say about the ten-track album known as the Gold Soundtrack, so…end of article.


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