Chef [Original Soundtrack Album]
If you’re a fan of the film (and I liked it – best not to overanalyse it, a simple little feel-good thing) then the music works in much the same way. In fact, in the context of the film the music is another version of the comfort-film served up on the screen. Here it’s a New Orleans-lite vibe, not the real gumbo but a good time can be had with the versions of old classics such as I Like It Like That (Pete Rodriguez) and A Message To You Rudy (Grant Phabao, The Lone Ranger and Carlton Livingston).
There are one or two undeniable standouts – a little Latin love with the salsa stylings of Perico Hernandez and the El Michaels Affair, Rebirth Brass Band and Hot 8 Brass Band all give enough of a touch of hip-hop charm and jazz-derived style and grace to blur a small handful of weaker tracks.
Gary Clark Jr doesn’t really work here – but he was in the film, so needs to be on the
soundtrack. It’s actually a lot like the film really, the more you think about it the more it all falls over, means nothing, possibly even leaves a bad taste, but as a can’t-please-everyone-but-can-give-it-a-go compilation to throw on at the start of an evening you could do a lot worse. And if you really did love the food in the film there’s recipes included in the album’s cover – pretty good cooking music this would make I’m sure.