Artists - Godzilla
Judge a Soundtrack By It's Movie
So what if the
Godzilla movie didn't live up to the standards many set for
it? The movie has little, if anything to do with a soundtrack.
So, although the movie was not quite the blockbuster the world
expected, this album certainly could surpass any expectations.
With its selection of the biggest names from virtually
every musical genre, the Godzilla Soundtrack could
very well be this year's hottest soundtrack.
This album has
just about everything I could hope for in a soundtrack.
The best part about it is that it does not suffer from the
fate of most soundtracks - inevitable suckage. Throughout
the album's 15 tracks, there are only a few which I do not
care heavily for. The album starts out with the latest
release from The Wallflowers, a cover of David Bowie's "Heroes".
Personally, I like Bowie's version better, but this song seems
to have hit well with the kids and the rest of the alternapop
audience. Maybe I am just sick of Jakob Dylan's voice
since it is heard way too often these days when I have my
The next track
is quite possibly the shining gem of the album. This
pearl within the oyster is "Come with Me" by Puff
Daddy featuring Jimmy Page. If you have yet to hear
this track from today's hottest rap artist, here is a little
info on it. Sean "Puffy" Combs (Puff Daddy)
is famous for his use of samples in his songs. This
track is no different, in fact the song he samples is Led
Zeppelin's "Kashmir". Therefore we have Jimmy
Page on guitar. Another welcome addition to the track
is Tom Morello of Rage Against the Machine who offers up a
kickin' bassline to make this one mean rap/rock song.
The rest of the
CD is nothing to complain about either. The UK's Jamiroquai
offers up the next track. Talk about a killer bassline,
here is one of the coolest I have heard in a long time.
Jay Kay's rap/rock/alternative singing style sets the mood
well. Rage Against the Machine (one of my personal favorites)
include their latest studio release, "No Shelter".
The theme behind the song is no different than their other
songs, basically bring down the government. (Rage is
basically a Communist band, but hey, they sound cool).
One of the coolest lines in the song, which does a good job
of bringing across their point is "Use Godzilla as a
motherfucking filler, take your eyes off the real killer".
Too bad the expletive causes the line to lose its radio friendliness.
Once this song is over, we have quite the strange transition,
from Rage to Ben Folds Five. This is quite the musical
contrast of styles, but it actually sounds cool with the way
it hits you. Once again, this is the latest studio release
from Ben Folds and lives up to the standard they have set
for themselves. (This song is the original reason I
purchased the album, and being a big Ben Folds fan, this song
alone made the CD worthwhile).
The CD continues
by venturing into a rock centered style, with artists such
as Days of the New, Fuel, Foo Fighters, Green Day, and Silverchair.
There is one break from the rock with Michael Penn's alternative/country
"Macy Day Parade". Each of these tracks offers
what we have come to respect from each respective band, and
none of them disappoints. Even though Green Day simply
re-released "Brain Stew" on this album, the little
Godzilla mix they did makes it funny with the mixing of the
Godzilla roar within the power chords.
up with a few tracks from the score, Joey DeLuxe does a spy
song entitled "Undercover". It is probably
one of my least favorite songs on the CD, but if you are a
fan of song reminiscent of "Secret Agent Man" you
might like it. The last two tracks are selections from
the score, including the opening titles, both composed by
David Arnold. Arnold's work here shows that he has potential
to become one of the bigger composers for future movies.
So, maybe the movie
didn't prove that "Size Does Matter". The
album sure does. With the huge names on the CD, and
the quality work they put forth, Epic/Sony put out a great
soundtrack for a movie that originally had no plans for a
soundtrack other than a score. The only reason these
songs were added is because the artists actually approached
the movie company with their songs, and asked to have them
included on the soundtrack. Pretty cool eh? Well
at least the movie brought about something good.
3.5 out of
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