Music By: Various Artists
Distributed by: Sony Classical
Reviewed by Melissa Minners
In the sequel to the popular superhero film based on the comic book by Mark Millar and John Romita, Jr., Dave Lizewski (Aaron Taylor-Johnson) has retired his Kick-Ass persona and returned to being a normal high school kid. However, when he realizes that his actions have inspired others to fight back against crime, he decides to return to action, joining a group run by Colonel Stars and Stripes (Jim Carey). When a new supervillain (Christopher Mintz-Plasse) comes into play, only one superhero has what it takes to take him out…but will she come out of retirement to do it?
The Kick-Ass 2 Soundtrack features fourteen tracks of “kick-ass” music from various artists like Ozma, James Flannigan, Lemon, Chloe Howl, Union J and more. The songs and instrumental tracks found on this album are designed to enhance the action of the movie. There is no set genre here – the album contains rock, R&B, rap and dance.
The album starts off with the rockin’ instrumental track Yeah Yeah by James Flannigan. Next up is an alternative track by Hanni El Khatib. Nobody Move is a track about someone so desperate that they are willing to commit a robbery so they won’t have to go back to where they came from. This is followed by the ballad Carry You by Union J. The further you get into this album, the more fun you have. I especially enjoyed the dance track ***** Drop by Lemon, St. Snot’s rock out rendition of When the Saints Go Marching In, The Go! Team’s marching band performance of Bust Out Brigade and Korobeiniki (many of you will remember this fun track from the video game Tetris.
With catchy lyrics and music that will make you move, the Kick-Ass 2 Soundtrack is a whole lot of fun and the perfect background music to give the film a boost of adrenaline. But be forewarned, some of the songs on this album have explicit lyrics. This is not an album for kids and I can’t see them putting out a cleaner version without ruining the songs on the album, so be careful to keep the kids’ ears covered while enjoying this soundtrack.