Hans Zimmer

Rango: Music from the Motion Picture

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Director Gore Verbinski's animated comedy western Rango, which stars a gun-slinging lizard voiced by Johnny Depp, featured a pairing of two musical icons from disparate backgrounds, ubiquitous/celebrated film composer Hans Zimmer and veteran Latin roots rock collective Los Lobos. The results were part Ennio Morricone and part classic norteño, resulting in one of the wildest, most consistently interesting soundtracks of 2011. Peppered throughout with dialogue from the film, Zimmer and Los Lobos successfully spin spaghetti Western clichés, swashbuckling orchestral cues, and Mexican folk music into a real gem.

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