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SONIC DEATH MONKEY Soundtrack Reviews - Twilight

Bite the monkey
by Michael Collins

Time to look at the hit of moment, Twilight. Do we all need to rush out and get this soundtrack as everybody has been doing anyway?

Muse get things started with a distorted electro pop number that sounds like the Scissor Sisters in Marilyn Manson’s discard black leather corset. That’s a good thing. It’s a catchy singalong chorus that will get the fang banger vampire fans onto the dance floor. Decode also have that overblown theatrical production with a sound that’s as big as a cathedral that their fans are so fond.

The soundtrack then settles down with, ‘Full Moon,’ from The Black Ghosts which is just as well as I was beginning to grow bat wings and go batty on everybody. It’s a cool little track. I’ll have to investigate that band a little further. I guess that’s the reason you get on a soundtrack, other than the cash, that is.

I usually do my level best to avoid Linkin Park, and their contribution to this soundtrack, ‘Leave Out All The Rest,’ doesn’t change my mind. It’s not the worst thing they’ve done, but it might as well be for all I care.

Sounding very familiar to everything that has come before it on the soundtrack Mutemath have a go at, ‘Spotlight.’ Earnest, energetic and even elusive (possibly) this is a track that has benefit with the remix treatment that it has had for this soundtrack.

Jane’s Addiction and Porno For Pyros favourite Perry Farrell contributes with, ‘Go All The Way.’ Really though, without his pals from his former bands there’s little for Mr Lollapalooza to offer her. It feels very much like he’s going through the motions. Even the little rap in the middle from some girl doesn’t save this song from moving to whatever-ville.

Collective Soul give an equally solid yet unremarkable contribution, just like everybody else on this soundtrack. Rob Pattinson and The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra (!) do provide a little variation and surprise, but it’s too late for me to get impressed.

Maybe this soundtrack is not hitting the spot for me. Not awful, not great, not all that anything really. This soundtrack is passing me by with music that doesn’t really move me or demand my attention. There are plenty of fans out there for this soundtrack, but I guess I’m not one of those who felt it necessary to rush out and get this soundtrack.


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