Why this soundtrack? one word: eclectic, just like Walter White/Heisenberg himself.
That’s right folks. You read the title right. Today for Soundtrack Saturday we’re featuring the soundtrack to one of the best shows that graced televisions everywhere. Breaking Bad. So what are you waiting for? Dust off your pork pie hat and get your Heisenberg on while playing this soundtrack on your respective sound systems. Why this soundtrack? one word: eclectic, just like Walter White/Heisenberg himself.
The soundtrack of course kicks off with the main title theme by the show’s composer, Dave Porter and then it goes into “Out of Time Man“, a lovely little ditty that sounds like it came right of the 1960’s psychedelic era thanks to its use of the Manzarek-like organ that’s quite prominent in said song. From there, we are transported to Mexico with the song Negro y Azul (The Ballad of Heisenberg) by Los Cuates De Sinaloa. Like normal reviews I could do a track by track of the entire soundtrack, but that gets boring for you, and it most certainly gets boring for me. I will not cheapen the integrity of this site by feeding my followers a by the numbers review. I mean really, why this soundtrack above all others for this week? This soundtrack is so varied that if you were under the crystal blue persuasion or even if you fancy yourself straight edge, this soundtrack works on so many levels because its mood constantly changes from one track to the next.
If you are a fan of the show like I am, and you were a devoted viewer, then you remember what the music in the show was like. The only real shame that I find in this official soundtrack, which was released in 2010, by the way, was that because the music you heard on the show did run the gamut when it came to all different genres of music that it could have released a soundtrack to accompany every season. It would have been great if every Breaking Bad volume of music that got released, did have every single song that was ever played on that particular season. I’m not stupid though. I know such a thing is impossible. Just the royalties that would have to be paid out by AMC alone would be simply astronomical and ultimately not worth it. So what gets done instead is that an official soundtrack gets released with a select number of songs and you either agree with said track list or you don’t, that’s the official release of the soundtrack, take it or leave it. So what are we left with? Breaking Bad: Music From The Original Series.
if you were under the crystal blue persuasion or even if you fancy yourself straight edge, this soundtrack works on so many levels…
To be fair, in the 16 tracks that the official release of the soundtrack provides, its very much eclectic with songs from right down Caribbean way (Mango Walk by The In Crowd, Zungguzungguguzungguzeng by Yellowman, One by One by The Black Seeds). Breaking Bad‘s own Matt Jones‘ (“Badger”) band, Twaughthammer, contributes a song to the soundtrack (“Fallacies“).
Listen up my fellow kilSters! I could go on and on and on about how really good this soundtrack is, but that’s to be expected considering the show that the soundtrack derives from. For as perfect a series that Breaking Bad was, this compilation is no exception, so do yourselves a favor and pick it up today! Feel free to purchase here.