The soundtrack for the British crime caper Ordinary Decent Criminal sports a mix of dance, Brit-pop, and excerpts from Damon Albarn's score. Though not quite as inventive as his work on Ravenous, Albarn's pieces are definitely the album's highlights. Continuing in the vein of Blur's 13 but freed from the context and expectations of his band, he delivers in some quirky atmospherics, ranging from the moody trip-hop of "One Day at a Time," "Chase After Gallery"'s brassy send-up of classic chase scene music, the tense yet cheeky "Bank Job," and "Kevin on a Motorbike." "Dying Isn't Easy" is another of Albarn's epic ballads, coming across as a hybrid of 13's "Tender" and The Great Escape's "The Universal." His work makes up fully half of the soundtrack, which also includes Lowfinger's self-consciously wacky dub-pop pastiche "Superfinger," Bryan Ferry's suave "Mother of Pearl," Shack's appealingly traditional "I Want You," and Bis' annoyingly accurate dance-pop parody, "Eurodisco." While it's a mixed album at best, Ordinary Decent Criminal proves that Albarn's range as a composer is stretching, yet his work here will please most Blur fans.
AllMusic Review by Heather Phares