The Mexican is a genre-crossing film, described in a press release as "a quirky romantic action-comedy," which would seem to provide composer Alan Silvestri with many choices of how to approach the score. He has taken direction largely from the title and the setting, however, turning out music full of bullfight trumpet motifs and strummed Spanish guitars, with the occasional orchestral flourish to mark an important plot point, such as the disturbing "Frank's Dead." This soundtrack album contains five pop songs from different eras that no doubt make sense within the context of the film (at least as source music), though they have no obvious connection to each other: Nancy Sinatra's "These Boots Are Made for Walkin'," War's "Why Can't We Be Friends," Dean Martin's "You're Nobody 'Til Somebody Loves You," Men Without Hats' "Safety Dance," and Esquivel's "El Cable." They take up about a third of the album, with the rest devoted to Silvestri's usually short musical cues. The obvious precursor of the composer's approach is Hugo Montenegro's music for Clint Eastwood's spaghetti Westerns of the 1960s like The Good, the Bad and the Ugly. This music is not as distinctive as that, but the clichés are probably appropriate to the film's style.
AllMusic Review by William Ruhlmann
feat: Nancy Sinatra
feat: War & Peace
feat: Dean Martin
feat: Men Without Hats