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Get the Gringo (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)


Composer: Antonio Pinto
Artists: Ten Years After and Los Fabulosos Cadillacs
Lakeshore Records
RRP: £13.99
Available 01 May 2012

It’s been a bad day for Driver and it’s not getting any better. He just made a big haul of millions that would give him a nice summer vacation on easy street. A good idea that went south - literally. During a high-speed car chase with the US Border Patrol and a bleeding body in his back seat, Driver flips his car smashing through the border wall, tumbling violently, coming to a stop... in Mexico. Apprehended by the Mexican authorities, he is sent to a hard-core prison where he enters the strange and dangerous world of “El Pueblito.” Not an easy place for an outsider such as Driver to survive, unless it’s with the help of someone who knows the ropes - a 10 year-old kid...

Antonio Pinto's score for Get the Gringo is, I'm afraid to say, a little cliched. In it's attempt to show it's set in Mexico there are a few too many well worn musical signposts. While this isn't a huge problem, what it does mean is that there's little here that surprises, or stands out from countless other similar scores.

To be honest, there were very few moments when I sat up and took notice of what I was listening to. In fact the only thing I thought worthy of mentioning was the fact that 'He Killed My Father' sounds not unlike Gustavo Santaolalla's music for Brokeback Mountain.

The album is spread over 12 tracks and consists of 38 min, 53 sec worth of music. To be honest, I think it will only really appeal to those that loved the movie.


Darren Rea

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