Mike Patton – Crank: High Voltage (2009)

Mike Patton - Crank: High Voltage (2009)
Artist: Mike Patton
Album: Crank: High Voltage
Genre: Avant-Garde Jazz
Origin: USA
Released: 2009
Quality: mp3, 320 kbps

Tracklist:
1. Kickin’
2. Chelios
3. Sweet Cream (Redux mix)
4. Organ Donor
5. Chickenscratch
6. Tourettes Romance
7. Doc Miles
8. Huron, El
9. Tourettes Breakdance
10. Juice Me
11. Hallucination
12. Porn Strike
13. Surgery
14. Social Club
15. Chocolate Theme
16. Ball Torture
17. Chevzilla
18. Hammer Drops, The
19. Triad Limo
20. Shock & Shootout
21. Pixelvision
22. Spring Loaded
23. Verona
24. Car Park Throwdown
25. Noticias
26. Catalina Island
27. Supercharged
28. Massage Parlor
29. Full Body Tourettes
30. Epilogue-In My Dreams
31. Friction
32. Epiphany

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Crank: High Voltage, the follow-up to the 2006 action film Crank, is evidence that any movie can have a sequel, even if the main character, who was in every scene of the first film, has been killed definitively and finally in the last frame of the first film. Somehow, falling out of an airplane high above Los Angeles and landing crushed on the ground, on camera, has not slowed down hitman Chev Chelios (Jason Statham) very much; as the tag line on the movie poster says, “He was dead…but he got better.” Enough better, it seems, to return to headlong and heedless pursuit for another nonstop adventure. To accompany that audacious endeavor, former Faith No More singer Mike Patton comes up with lots of short cues — 32 of them in 55 minutes — that necessarily attempt to keep up with the raging, not-yet-dead protagonist. Most of them, not surprisingly, are set at breakneck tempos, but Patton slows down here and there to savor the ethnic flavors of L.A., including Mexican (“El Huron”) and Japanese (“Triad Limo,” “Massage Parlor”) elements. Most of the time, however, the music is driving electronica with passages of heavy metal and punk rock. That’s the sort of thing called for in a film that isn’t so much over the top as beyond any reasonable considerations of verisimilitude, right from the get-go. It’s movie-making as rollercoaster ride, and Patton has provided music to enhance the experience.
Review by William Ruhlmann

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