Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2: Awesome Mix Vol. 2 (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack) REVIEW

Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2: Awesome Mix Vol. 2 (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)
Studio: Various, across the United States and the United Kingdom
Genre: Rock, soul, Funk
Length: 51:59
Label: Hollywood, Marvel Music

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1.) “Mr. Blue Sky” by Electric Light Orchestra
2.) “Fox On The Run” by The Sweet
3.)Lake Shore Driveby Aliotta Haynes Jeremiah
4.) “The Chain” by Fleetwood Mac
5.) “Bring It on Home to Me” by Sam Cooke
6.) “Southern Nights” by Glen Campbell
7.) “My Sweet Lord” by George Harrison
8.) “Brandy (You’re A Fine Girl)” by Looking Glass
9.) “Come A Little Bit Closer” by Jay & The Americans
10.) “Wham Bam Shang-a-Lang” by Silver
11.) “Surrender” by Cheap Trick
12.) “Father And Son” by Cat Stevens
13.) “Flash Light” by Parliament
14.) “Guardians Inferno” by The Sneepers featuring David Hasselhoff

I must admit I did not care much for the soundtrack in the film. Part of the reasoning for this is that the soundtrack is hardly used. Previously, the soundtrack added to a lot of scenes in the movie and became part of the film’s DNA. This time the soundtrack is to some degree is background music, just filler. However, on its own the soundtrack is quite the treat.

Most of the tunes cover a broad range of rock, soul, funk, pop and  are from the 70’s, with two from the 60’s and one brand new track recorded specifically for the soundtrack, this being “Guardians Inferno” by The Sneepers featuring David Hasselhoff which is played during the end credits of the film. I remember paying no mind to this song when I saw the film as I conversed with my friends about the film, until I heard some of the lyrics making direct references to film. Then I picked up on the voice. That’s Hasselhoff!  “Guardians Inferno” is indeed a fun nod and fan-service song but rather short, with very little of Hasselhoff.

The soundtrack begins with “Mr. Blue Sky” which some of you may recognize from the opening credits. This is a fun and joyful song that just brings a smile to my face. It is hard not to get in a good mood while listening to this one. There are many songs like “Lake Shore Drive”, “Bring It Home To Me”, “Southern Nights” and “My Sweet Lord” that feels like the perfect music to enjoy a Sunday’s drive out through the country with the top down and the wind in your face. At the same time I cannot deny if I were to skip any tracks it would be these as they have that sort of southern, country vibe to them. Yet, this does harken back to Star-Lord’s mother’s roots. Then you have faster, heavier tracks like “Fox on the Run”, “The Chain” and “Cheap Trick” which I dare you not to rock out to.

The two major songs from the film being “Brandy (You’re a Fine Girl)” and “Father and son” have a good amount of heart to them and play well into the themes going on in the film. “Father and son” is so sweet that I wish I was going through some of the same trouble of Chris Pratt or Star-Lord to truly appreciate this song. If you want something to play while getting down with that special someone turn your attention to tracks like “Come a Little Bit Closer” and “Wham Bam Shang-A-Lang” – the former being in the more intimate fun dance in the kitchen with a drink, and the latter for more excitement. A personal favorite is Parliament’s “Flashlight”.

Overall the soundtrack covers a broad range of genres, interests and to some degree is less catchy. Is that to say these songs are not memorable? Of course not, but the previous soundtrack had this intoxication where you could not get almost any of those songs out of your head, especially when most of the songs had been used in prior films before and or were already well known among ages, like The Jackson 5 and Marvin Gaye for example. Personally I find this to be a huge plus, as I can finally take Vol. 1 off of repeat. Vol. 2 is not hot off the presses, but it’s subtle and carries a lot heart, joy and excitement. I get a vision of an old bar somewhere in the country, with local folk in hats, truck drivers and tacky 70’s dress and vinyl. Hardly my scene at all, but if they’re playing these tunes are other similar ones all of a sudden I find myself oddly attracted.

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