Various: No.2 Soundtrack
By Peter Dent
Toa Fraser's 'No. 2' contains some of the most diverse and high quality music ever produced for local cinema. An extraordinary soundtrack to an extraordinary NZ film. Opening with the hip hop sounds of Tha Freestyle, the album then lifts the roof off the house with the incredible Bathe in the River by the Mt Raskill Preservation Society which has put the ultra-talented Hollie Smith firmly in the public spotlight. From there begins the first of several Don McGlashan compositions featuring not only Pacific Island instruments and vocals, but also strings, woodwinds and brass. Che Fu graces the album with a couple of fantastic slow jams, Waka and Hold Tight. Other artists include: Fijian Festival Performers, Shaun Dixon, Mila with Eddie and His Tahitians, Trinity Roots and Christchurch Symphony Orchestra! Kudos goes to the soundtrack composer Don McGlashan who continues to broaden the possibilities of cross cultural music. Just when you're slipping into a soothing orchestral section, you're suddenly surprised by Island percussion and other thrilling instrumentation and treatments. Yes, this is a movie soundtrack, but 'No. 2' stands on its own as a fantastic listen.