Much like Ocean's Twelve itself, David Holmes' score for the movie doesn't try to fix something that wasn't broken in the first place: the composer returns with more eclectic music of his own and from what must be a formidably large record collection. His approach may not be radically different here than it was on Ocean's Eleven, but when the results are this effortlessly hip and easygoing, no drastic changes are necessary. Reflecting the film's different scenery, Holmes uses mellow Italian pop and French psych-rock from the late '60s and early '70s, giving the score a warmer, more organic and focused feeling than the first movie's flashy, Vegas-inspired music had.
This is Belfast-born David Holmes' third collaboration with director Steven Soderbergh and the first to comfortably outclass the film it accompanies. While Ocean's Twelve is Soderbergh's laziest effort yet, relying too heavily on the appeal of exotic locales and George Clooney in a good suit, the soundtrack might well be Holmes' best. Holmes, whose previous credits include Out of Sight and Buffalo Soldiers, is as much collector as composer, sourcing obscurer-than-thou oddities and writing new material that blends seamlessly.