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Fast Five Soundtrack Album Review

Release date: 5/3/11 - Abkco

Review by Compay for


Fast Five soundtrack review

Fast Five is a collection of high-energy tracks with much more variety than the other soundtracks from the Fast and Furious movie franchise.

If you're a hardcore Hip Hop head, don't expect too much.  There are only two rap tracks in English on this album, yet both still deliver. The album intro, "How We Roll" features Busta Rhymes, J-Doe, Reek da Villain, and Don Omar on the hook.

What's probably the most interesting inclusion in the soundtrack is "Furiously Dangerous," a Ludacris cut with songstress Claret Jai belting out the hook.  The track features Slaughterhouse, the rap supergroup which consists of Puerto Rican MC Joell Ortiz, as well as Crooked I, Joe Budden, and Royce da 5'9". If you happen to be a fan of Budden, you'll definitely be feeling the 16 bars that Joey Jumpoff delivers on this track.

This soundtrack marks the third album that composer Brian Tyler has contributed to in the Fast franchise.  There are three purely instrumental tracks composed by Tyler for the score, which range anywhere from industrial rock to cinematic.

Like many other urban Latin music fans, I bump my fair share of Don Omar.  And like Brian Tyler, this is the third Fast film soundtrack that El Rey makes an appearance on.  "Danza Kuduro" was simply an obvious choice for the soundtrack, as the infectious single topped the Latin music charts back in August of 2010 when it was released.

What most impressed me about this soundtrack was the inclusion of the Portuguese-language urban tracks from Brazil. There are five Brazilian cuts total, all with hot beats, and all ranging from rap to Brazilian Funk. I was especially surprised to catch the 2003 track "Carlito Marrón" by Carlinhos Brown, as the song's style reminds me of old school Cuban "Son" music.

The verdict on this album?  Well if you were definitely feeling the vibe of the 2 Fast 2 Furious soundtrack, know in advance that there isn't remotely as much American rap.  But since Brazil has been putting out some hot urban tracks as of late, copping this CD would be a good choice.  This is easily the most diverse of the Fast and Furious franchise soundtracks to date, and one that Latinos should consider adding to their collection.




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