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John Wick (Tyler Bates and Joel J. Richard)

John Wick Soundtrack Cover
John Wick Soundtrack Cover

John Wick Soundtrack by Tyler Bates and Joel J. Richard (2014)

Get it:  If you want a rock inspired soundtrack

Don’t get it:  If you want something more traditional that includes brass, strings, and a more full orchestra

Track one and you know this isn’t going to be a light score.  Available now from Varèse Sarabande, this soundtrack is a great combination of dark and adventurous.  The undertones indicate something dense and dark is imminent.  Then, the action clears that away.  The rapid beats are very driving and promote an action/adventure.  The combination of smooth elements with the rough ones paints a unique picture through the music.  Parts are almost like a modern/techno/western.  Interesting, right?  Well, it is.  Having said that, other tracks such as, “Shots Fired” sound similar to the soundtrack for Tron: Legacy.

Some of the softer moments are somewhat similar to the Gone Girl softer parts (like the track “John Mourns”).  They both have that ‘cooling’ effect.  In the other parts, however, are more rock based.  The majority of the tracks are either rock or techno based.  This soundtrack is not what you would typically listen to when trying to relax.  Rather, it seems to try and do the opposite.  Motivation is expressed well.  Bates and Richard use drums well.  They don’t overpower the rest of the music, but they certainly are a major component for some of the tracks.

The tracks featuring vocals are a good fit for the overall OST as well.  The style fits right in with the rest, the only real difference is that they have someone singing along with them.  For those of you who may fear too many vocals are included, there are only four vocal tracks out of twenty-seven. 

In the end, this soundtrack is well done for this film.  The rock/techno style definitely creates an atmosphere that helps put the viewer where the director wants them.  Good job by Tyler Bates and Joel J. Richard for accomplishing a score that does this well.

Here’s a preview of the song, “Who You Talkin’ To Man” from the soundtrack.  This, even though vocals are included, gives a good perspective of the musical style:

Click here, here, or here to shop for the soundtrack

Click here to preview the soundtrack via iTunes

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