- Released: April 13, 2004
- Label: Maverick
Rolling Stone - p.734 stars out of 5
- "[The album] draws from Italian-cinema music masters Ennio Morricone and Luis Bacalov, and also the Americana of overlooked folk-rock band Shivaree."
Uncut - p.964 stars out of 5
- "The music's deliberately eclectic, built around a spine of appropriated Morricone."
- 1.Few Words From the Bride, A - Uma Thurman
- 2.Goodnight Moon - Shivaree
- 3.Il Tramonto - Ennio Morricone
- 4.Can't Hardly Stand It - Charlie Feathers
- 5.Tu Mira - Lole Y Manuel (edit)
- 6.Summertime Killer - Luis Bacalov
- 7.Chase, The - Alan Reeves / Phil Steele / Philip Brigham
- 8.Legend of Pai Mei, The - David Carradine / Uma Thurman
- 9.L'Arena - Ennio Morricone
- 10.Satisfied Mind, A - Johnny Cash
- 11.Silhouette of Doom, A - Ennio Morricone
- 12.About Her - Malcolm McLaren
- 13.Truly and Utterly - David Carradine / Uma Thurman
- 14.Malaguean Salerosa - Salerosa Chingon
- 15.Uranami Bushi - Meiko Kaji
For the second installment of Quentin Tarantino's revenge tale KILL BILL, the renowned director/screenwriter/pop-culture whirlwind continues his streak of smart, quirky soundtrack selections. In addition to more snippets of film dialogue by Uma Thurman and others, VOL. 2 also sees the return of VOL. 1 musical contributors Charlie Feathers, Luis Bacalov, Meiko Kaji, and, in a bonus track, the RZA.
However, that's where the similarities stop, since VOL. 2 features a distinct spaghetti-Western vibe, most evident in three vintage Ennio Morricone compositions. Echoing this theme is Shivaree's contribution, the twangy, dusky "Goodnight Moon." Perhaps the most notable track, however, is a previously unreleased Johnny Cash recording that features the Man in Black performing a spare, meditative rendition of "A Satisfied Mind." As with Tarantino's previous soundtracks, these wildly varied songs form a strangely cohesive mix that filters numerous forms of pop music through the auteur's unique aesthetic and perfectly complements his striking visuals.