The Matador Soundtrack
Produced by: Superb Records
Reviewed by Melissa Minners
What happens when a successful hitman who has lost his taste for the business and a salesman with a failing marriage and financial woes have a chance encounter in a hotel bar in Mexico City? This is the premise of the movie, The Matador, a dark comedy starring Pierce Brosnan and Greg Kinnear, written and produced by Richard Shepard.
The Original Motion Picture Soundtrack of The Matador features a diverse and seemingly strange mix of artists - The Jam, The Cramps, Asia, Tom Jones, Titan, and Los Fabulosos Cadillacs, to name a few. According to Richard Shepard, each song found on the soundtrack perfectly captures “the energy, emotion and comedy” of the movie.
The soundtrack opens with two quite enjoyable tracks, A Town Called Malice by The Jams and El Matador by Los Fabulosos Cadillacs. The songs have a momentum all their own and give the listener the impression of excitement and fun. Immediately following those two tracks is It’s Not Unusual by Tom Jones, which for some reason – perhaps its placement on the album is to blame – made me laugh. Tracks created by composer Rolfe Kent (Legally Blonde, Mean Girls, Sideways) effectively place the listener in the movie’s locale of Mexico City. Kent’s Manilla Fiasco brings a sense of action and intrigue to the mix.
The Matador Soundtrack does provide an interesting mix of genres, from pop and punk to cultural. However, tracks like Heat of the Moment by Asia and In The Wee Small Hours of the Morning by Dave Van Norden just don’t seem to fit in the mix of songs found on The Matador Soundtrack. Perhaps they fit when heard while watching the movie, but set into the mix on a stand alone album, they just seem out of place. The decision to end the album with a mariachi tune brings a decent ending to an awkward soundtrack. The Original Motion Picture Soundtrack of The Matador, while enjoyable in some aspects, is just not enjoyable enough for its average retail price tag of $17.00 (U.S.). Found in a bargain bin, it still might not be attractive enough.