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Title - 'Sicario: Day Of The Soldado'
Artist - Hildur Guðnadóttir

'Sicario: Day of the Soldado' is the sequel to the globally successful film, 'Sicario', which earned composer, Johann Johannson an Oscar nomination for Best Score.

FBI agent Matt Graver calls on mysterious operative Alejandro Gillick when Mexican drug cartels start to smuggle terrorists across the U.S. border. The war escalates even further when Alejandro kidnaps a top kingpin's daughter to deliberately increase the tensions.

When the young girl is seen as collateral damage, the two men will determine her fate as they question everything that they are fighting for. The film stars Benicio del Toro and Josh Brolin.

This high-energy, well-paced sequel is this time composed by Hildur Guðnadóttir, a collaborator on the original 'Sicario' score, and a well-respected classically trained cello player who has recorded as a solo artist and collaborated with The Knife, Animal Collective, Hauschka, and Fever Ray.

Some further info on Hildur Guðnadóttir, is that the classically trained Icelandic cellist, who has also played and recorded with the bands Pan Sonic, Throbbing Gristle and Múm, is also deeply involved with her very own solo project, Lost in Hildurness.

1. "Attack" (3:32)
2. "The Bomber" (1:35)
3. "Gulf of Somalia" (2:15)
4. "Miguel Takes Money" (1:42)
5. "Start a War" (2:22)
6. "The Kidnap" (3:29)
7. "Moving Isabelle" (1:09)
8. "Santa Claus" (4:25)
9. "Convoy" (4:44)
10. "Alejandro Saves Isabelle" (2:30)
11. "The Rescue" (1:34)
12. "Journey to Border" (4:28)
13. "The Execution" (1:37)
14. "Survivors" (1:27)

Running at a bare minimum (for a soundtrack) of just 37 minutes, 'Sicario: Day of The Soldado - Original Motion Picture Soundtrack' is 14 tracks worth of pulsating compositions; save for the odd pensively thoughtful moment, of course.

Opening with the stunning "Attack", it for sure sets the tone for what's to come from the highly talented Hildur Guðnadóttir. Indeed, much like the movie, hence the soundtrack kicks off in a high adrenaline manner.

"The Bomber" continues that trend seamlessly, whereas "Gulf of Somalia" is more of an abstract work. Indeed, whilst many of these tracks span only a minute or two, the longer pieces - such as both "The Kidnap" (3:29), "Santa Claus" (4:25), and even "Journey to The Border" (4:28) - actually serve as rest bites for the quick sharp track-to-track pace.

Personally, my favorite of the longer atmospheric works is "Convoy" (4:44), a track that has me reflecting back on the original 'Sicario' score flow.

And so, to my mind, Hildur Guðnadóttir's score for this 'Sicario' sequel is both pulsating and just damn good. I have to also admit that, as a listening accompaniment, it's not as sharp, not as memorable as the original movie's was, but that said, it is a fine work of musical compositions; from someone that I now wish to know more about.

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