Words: James Passarelli
It’s not often that I listen to a song on repeat, no matter how great it is. But that’s just what I’ve been doing with this excellent song by Anthony Hamilton and Elayna Boynton from Quentin Tarantino’s latest smash hit, Django Unchained. To tell you the truth, the movie itself was not my favorite of his, probably not even in the top five. But the soundtrack stands toe to toe with any of his previous ones, featuring original pieces by Ennio Morricone, as well as previous work by Italian western composers Riz Ortolani and Luis Bacalov, and songs by Jim Croce, John Legend, and Rick Ross.
But the clear standout is “Freedom,” an inspiring four minutes that tastefully and powerfully blends the very chain sounds that give the movie its title and the background hums of a slave spiritual. It seems to be the first released song from newcomer Elayna Boynton as well, whose back-and-forth with the forty-one year old Hamilton would fool any listener into thinking she’s a veteran. According to her website, the debut album is due out this year. In the meantime, follow her on Twitter. But in the mean-meantime, whether or not you’ve seen the movie or heard the song, feel free to take the next four minutes to [re]familiarize.
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