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SONIC DEATH MONKEY Soundtrack Reviews - Surf's Up

That monkey's up!
by Michael Collins

This week SDM looks what's up, stuffed up, played up, and screwed up with Surf's Up. I'm feeling very up about this.

Itís beach party time, and what better way to start a beach party than with some reggae. We all know that reggaeís got soul Ďcause the song says so. Well thatís what we know from 311 as they skank their way through Reggae Got Soul. Itís probably a bit more party hip-hop than reggae, but itís a fun way to get this beach party started. [br]

The reggae is continued in Stand Tall by Dirty Heads. Goodness could that band name be a drug reference!? This track is closer to the protest spirit intrinsic in reggae and should be given credit for doing so.

When Incubus were turning up to do Drive I thought it was going to by the classic originally done by The Cars. Not so! The band turn up with their own version with a juicy hip-hop beat underneath the acoustic cars and earnest big chorus.

Equally earnest, but a little scarily, Ken Andrews wants us to, Just Say Yes. Not sure if this is making me want to do something against my will here. Ah well, whatev. Nice track.

Pocket Full of Stars is the sort of title you come up when trying to impress a girl. The Nine Black Aps - the band responsible for this title - then later on even mention star crossed lovers. They definitely want to impress some girl here.

Iíve probably heard New Radicalsí You Get What You Give far too many times on soundtracks, but there is something joyous about this song. Itís upbeat anthemic tone just does it for me every time.

In contrast to the New Radicals, there has not been enough of Lauryn Hill given to the world. What has she been doing for all these years? Well she provides a surprisingly poppy Lost Myself. It is a touch too fast to suit her voice. She needs space and time, but the fast bigbeat driving this song along almost like a modern revision of a motown beat overwhelms Hill in this case.

Remember how All Star by Smash Mouth (and similarly Iím A Believer) became signature features of Shrek? Well the Surfís Up soundtrack attempts the same thing with What I Like About You. A calculated marketing exercise? Well you could very well say that I couldnít possibly comment.

Do you think Pearl Jam still rock out? It all feels a little contrived to me. I like the Eddie and the guys, but this seems like a throwaway track to me.

Forro In The Dark gives us one of the three instrumentals on the album. Forrowest is a bit of a lounge in the jungle ditty. Led by a flute solo, you can think of the image of an animal wearing a fez, mixing cocktails and dancing a salsa.

Sounding worse than throwaway is Big Noiseís version of Wipe Out. Itís meant to be all modern and rock out, but instead it sounds contrived and lame. The other instrumental is Run Home which almost sounds like a mild AC/DC track - Which is not entirely a bad thing.

This is a fair effort with nothing too extraordinary or anything to give out that knock out punch. Itís full of populist must win selections, but ultimately doesnít inspire much beyond being pleasantly entertained.


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