Nostalgic for the ’90s
Back in 1996, Danny Boyle’s film Trainspotting blew the world away with its lively soundtrack. People were expecting an equally awesome album when T2 was announced. Since the film’s release in the United Kingdom this January, fans got what they were hoping for. With a mix of new and old artists, slow and fast songs, there is something for everyone — and for every scene of the movie.
The album starts off with the song that made the first film: Iggy Pop’s “Lust for Life.” But now there is a new twist: with its interesting remix, this rock song will get fans of Trainspotting feeling nostalgic.
The album also includes songs from the ’70s and the ’80s with which we are all familiar. “Dreaming” by Blondie is a classic, fun song about getting to dream about life for free. To mix up the styles, “It’s Like That” by Jason Nevis (a Run-D.M.C remix) gives this soundtrack some hip-hop bravado. Additionally, we are treated to some classic British rock in the form of Queen’s “Radio Ga Ga,” a standout song that makes the listener want to jam out. Also, The Clash’s “(White Man) in Hammersmith Palais” is another one that will cause some reminiscing.
But for those looking for something new, have no worries. Scottish hip-hop band Young Fathers have not one, but three songs on the soundtrack. “Only God Knows” gives the album a completely different feel from that which was established by the rest of the songs. With its combination of gospel, rap and lyrics about God, it is sure to warrant a second listen. “Get Up” also has great vocals and fun lyrics about partying, “come here and do the right thing / get up and have a party.”
And of course, every movie soundtrack needs its slow songs. “Silk” by Wolf Alice is a song about sadness and love with lyrics such as, “my love it kills me slowly / slowly I could die / and when she sleeps she hears the blues / sees the shades of black and white.”
With its mix of styles and artists, T2 Trainspotting‘s soundtrack has what is takes to live up to its precedent.