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Alpha Dog Soundtrack

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Nick Cassavetes’ new flick Alpha Dog is about youth gone wild, driven to drugs and emulating violent rap videos presumably out of sheer boredom and too much excess money and free time. Wannabe gangstas from the languid valleys of Los Angeles deal weed, flash steel, and end up kidnapping the younger brother of a customer who fronts on his payments. The accompanying soundtrack reflects these situations, unleashing appropriate rippling and turgid rap theatrics along with ironic classic pop thematics.

In terms of the latter, the album (as well as the film’s opening sequence) kicks off with Eva Cassidy’s rendition of the perennial classic “Over The Rainbow.” The irony is thick since most of the kids portrayed in the film are grasping at straws rather than rainbows, mired in attaining bling and status rather than true happiness. Cassidy’s version is poignant, to be sure, but it still smacks of the music supervisor thinking they were being a mite too clever with this selection.

On the rap side of things Kansas City underground phenom Tech N9ne serves up no less than four tracks (an interesting choice considering his Midwestern roots versus the Southern Cali locale of the film). “Caribou Lou” is a lumbering synth driven number paying tribute to getting your drunk on. “Slither” continues the drugs and booze and sex thematics, this time in a laidback saunter. Meanwhile “La La Land” unfurls with an electronic flamenco vibe rippling with Spanish guitar and femme fatale vocalistics (this track is of special note as it feature Cassavetes’ daughter, Gina, on vocals). “Night and Day” is an ode to balmy nights in SoCal, focusing on booze and pop cultural references.

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