Various Artists

"Baby Driver Soundtrack"

(Sony); Compilation

By ​Phil ​Bennett

The soundtrack to this action thriller is such a great collection of songs that the film itself actually becomes quite irrelevant when listening to it.

The reason – the main character suffers from acute tinnitus and blocks it out by listening to music, hence what we have here is a director’s dream mixtape for the listener to just sit back and get lost in.

Genres and decades mean nothing as Dave Brubeck’s brilliant jazz treat, Unsquare Dance crashes headlong into The Damned with their car wreck of a song, Neat Neat Neat before seguing into Lionel Richie and His Commodores crooning their way through Easy.

There are some real oldies (Bob and Earl doing The Harlem Shuffle, Carla Thomas spelling out BABY), some quite oldies (Focus and Golden Earring Hocus Pocusinging and Radar Loving), and some newies (Blur’s Intermission and Danger Mouse’s Chase Me).

There are some out and out rockers (Queen’s multi guitar layered Brighton Rock, Jon Spencer Blues Explosion’s Bellbottoms), some lovelies (Sam and Dave’s When Something Is Wrong With My Baby linking up with Brenda Holloway’s Every Little Bit Hurts) and a bunch of quirkies (Incredible Bongo Band’s Bongolia and T.Rex’s bongo driven word game Debora).

And for some strange reason, this kaleidoscopic collection really works. Probably because firstly, the songs are absolute killers, and secondly, you never know what’s next on the hit list.

Something, indeed, for everyone.

Great fun.

​Phil ​Bennett

Musician, actor, singer, music reviewer, Phil’s interests cover a lot of bases and this is reflected in the music he writes about. From blues to soul, ambient to electronic, Phil writes about artists he feels are interesting, true to their craft and worthy of your ears.