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Too Good To Hate

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Ocean's Thirteen
Music from the Motion Picture
David Holmes
Warner Bros./ WEA

There's no way I thought I would like this cd. There's no way I wanted to like this cd. But it's good. I've been listening to it all day. And I hate myself for it.

Clooney, Pitt, Damon... none of them need any more love. They're more handsome and rich than anyone deserves to be. And making a trilogy of films starring sharp-dressed pretty boys in Vegas takes no guts and therefore deserves no glory.

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But what do you do when the music from the film is so good you simply can't ignore it?

Well you do the right thing, you rave. David Holmes, a man I know nothing about, has made a better In Sounds From Way Out than the Beastie Boys. He composed and arranged a slick, cool, jazzy bed of songs for a cash cow that evoke all the best things of '70s cop films and blaxploitation epics.

Wah-wahs, horns, congas, keyboards - all your friends are there for you, but instead of being performed by the three bad brothers you know so well, the groovy beats are delivered by studio pros who slide in and out of moods and tempos with grace and finesse.

It might not be important music by any jazz or electronica genius, but it's an excellent cd to slip in if you're tired of your Esquivel, Miles, or Sinatra. Speaking of, there's one track in there from the Chairman, "This Town", which might seem out of place when you simply look at the back of the cd, but it blends in very nicely with Holmes' originals.

after the jump, a video interview with Holmes, via Warner Bros, where you can hear some of the music and hear from the man himself