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Spider-Man 2 - Music From And Inspired By

by Jonathan Buttrick
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Tuesday Jun 22, 2004
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The Spider-Man 2 soundtrack has debuted at #7 on the charts, which is no surprise given the movie took in $40.5 million on its first day, setting a record. Unsurprisingly, all the songs here are big. This collection of new music “influenced by the power and mystery of the Spider-Man character” sticks mostly to the Modern Rock and Emo genres and does not stray far from them. Unfortunately that means bland tracks like Hoobastank’s “Did You” and Train’s “Ordinary,” which is conveniently all too ordinary. Intuitive crooner Chris Carrabba delivers predictable but authentic lyrics on the Dashboard Confessional number (and single) “Vindicated”:

“And I am flawed
But I am cleaning up so well
I am seeing in me now the things
you swore you saw yourself.”

That doesn’t mean the album is not listenable. Carrabba’s lyrics make it one of the only songs with an obvious relation to the character of Peter Parker/Spider-Man. But the album sounds undistinguished in the beginning. Thankfully, Aussie garage band Jet comes in with “Hold On,” taking that run-of-the-mill sound and managing to make it sound refreshing. Maroon 5 is also appealing here, with the laid back chill of their track “Woman.” Jersey rockers Midtown contribute the instantly gratifying “Give It Up” (also from their recently released major label album).

Towards the end we get “We Are” by Ana Johnsson. Not much information can be found on her, but I presume she’s a Swedish unknown. While her voice is pleasing and the song is decent, she sounds a bit like Kelly Clarkson trying to sing Metallica, which comes off as just plain silly. Combine that with the two pointless scores by Danny Elfman awkwardly tacked on as the last two tracks and the end of the album would be completely hopeless were it not for the brilliant ballad, “Someone To Die For,” by Jimmy Gnecco (from the band Ours) featuring Brian May.

by Various Artists

Release Date: June 22, 2004
Label: Columbia

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