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Genre: Rock - Classic Rock / Artist: Various Artists / Soundtrack / Audio CD released 1994-03-28 at Atlantic

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      27.09.2008 09:39
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      A fitting accompaniment to a classic cult film

      I think I'm almost just about too young to be writing this review. When I was in my local music store and my friends were buying CDs from Take That or the Spice Girls, I wandered into the soundtracks section and this CD caught my eye, but for no apparent reason. I'd never heard anything about the any of the other bands on the CD, apart from The Cure, and I never used to give them a second look. I couldn't quite explain why I was just randomly drawn to this CD - the cover art was nothing special, I hadn't even seen the movie, and I didn't know anybody else who wasn't plastering Kylie loves Jason posters over their bedroom walls. This CD was a surreal transition in my music period that I will never be able to explain, but will always be able to remember.

      I'll get a track-by-track guide going here - to me, that's usually the best way to critique an album because it's a lot more thorough, and easier to read :)

      The Cure - Burn
      Being the strongest track on the album, it had to be the opener, as well as the defining theme of the movie. It's no surprise then that this track was specially written for the film, and captures the brooding tone of the protagonist perfectly.

      Machines of Loving Grace - Golgotha Tenement Blues
      Dark, menacing and seedy - Scott Benzel's gravelly, sneering vocals give an atmosphere of imminent danger. Good if you'd like more subdued industrialism, or a softer version of Nine Inch Nails.

      Stone Temple Pilots - Big Empty
      Sort of a classic here, but not my favourite; this probably ties with For Love Not Lisa's contribution for the album's most listenable track. Something you can sing along to, but seems a little too Nickleback-ish to be on such a dark compilation.

      NIN - Dead Souls
      This cover of one of Joy Division's tracks is hypnotic in its simplicity of both rhythm and vocals. The instrumentals are not too heavy, with deceptively tranquil, hypnotic build-ups culminating in hazes of industrial distortion and back again. Reznor's vocal range is superbly explored from the quietest whisper to the most desperate screams. Possibly the best track on the album from one of the best artists still composing. It could turn you into a fan if you're not already.

      Rage Against The Machine - Darkness
      Any track from this band is always an odd choice, because the messages of each of their songs are all so pointedly topical and activist that to force them to adhere to any theme of a gothic comic book seems out of place. Vocalist Zack de la Rocha's passionate, crystal clear delivery of the band's politically-charged lyrics of greed and genocide in Africa makes one wonder that their addition to the soundtrack was mainly because of their fledgling success at the time, and nothing to do with the film at all. Still, it's a powerful and impressive song nonetheless.

      Violent Femmes - Color Me Once
      Gordon Gano's sleazy whines mixed with the nonchalant introduction of a cello lend a dirty sophistication to this lazy piece. I can't think of any other place I'd be likely to hear this other than a strip club or a horror movie. It's a good break in the angry, brooding, heavy set.

      Henry Rollins - Ghost Rider
      For me this was one of the more forgettable tracks, given that it was lumped in with Helmet and Pantera's contributions, all which tend to stick to their own formulae. The result is a bit of a saggy middle where three tracks are barely indistinguishable from each other.

      Helmet - Milktoast
      Has a hypnotic, foreboding bassline - perfect to imagine this as the theme for the film' protagonist in his element of mystery and stealth.

      Pantera - Badge
      Hardcore (even by today's standards), but actually with something to say. Think Rage Againt The Machine, but with pure, unadulterated fury. Rest in peace, Dimebag (guitarist and one of the original founding members). "Do you think this corruption will ever stop / What makes a person want to be a cop" - a nod to the ignored efforts of officer Sergeant Albrecht, perhaps?

      For Love Not Lisa - Slip Slide Melting
      One of the more listenable tracks out there, but could now easily be the most dated. The guitars are far too light, hollow and spacey-sounding to not get the crap kicked out of it by what their songs would sound like if the band were still around today. A little lighter than Guns 'n' Roses, a little heavier than Bon Jovi. You'll like it if you like that description.

      Jesus & Mary Chain - Snakedriver
      A track from one of the old-school shoegazers out there...this is one of the more subdued tracks, but with more of a gritty, nihilstic edge. Good if you like Black Rebel Motorcycle Club (whom are frequently accused of ripping off J&MC).

      My Life With The Thrill Kill Kult - After The Flesh
      This band has an extensive back catalogue of a variety of styles, and a huge cult following; their silver screen debut was actually in this film, with an onscreen performance shot amidst one of the key action scenes in the movie's climax. The frenzied, maniacal tone of the song fits the scene perfectly, and sits well with its short length. Good if you like anything related to psychobilly, or dark punk pop like My Chemical Romance or Aiden.

      Medicine - Time Baby III
      My mother told me she heard Indian-style warblings in singer Beth Thompson's lazy/ethereal vocals in this well-crafted dirge. Good if you like other alt-shoegazers like My Bloody Valentine.

      Jane Siberry - It Can't Rain All The Time
      The other end of the film's theme, softer and focusing more on the central love theme. Veteran folk singer Siberry (now known as Issa), collaborated with the film's composer Graeme Revell to produce this haunting , mournful piece that ends the album in an tragi-contented way befitting the mood of the film's final scenes.

      It's never easy to write a review of something old without commenting on how dated it might be, so it might seem obvious that the reason I've written a review of this is really to be nostalgic about how much I loved it...after all, why would I dig up an old product to write about that I didn't like?

      These are the CDs people remember.. :)


      [x-posted from ciao]

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      30.03.2004 07:12
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      The main reason I bought this soundtrack was because I wanted to own two specific songs: "Dead Souls" by Nine Inch Nails and "Burn" by the Cure. These songs had been stored on my computer and played countless times, but I wanted to be able to own them officially if that makes any sense. I am a fanatic collector at heart, I just hope I never have enough money to fuel this obsession properly. These songs are my favourites from the film and the soundtrack as I find they suit the scenes perfectly; the advantage of having seen the film so much is that even the poorer tracks can remind you of their place on the screen.

      Being someone whose taste in music is, while very poor, very specific, film soundtracks are usually something I can't buy. In fact, the soundtrack to the excellent 1994 film "The Crow" starring Brandon Lee, who became immortalised through his tragic death during the making of this film, was the first soundtrack I ever bought. The album features fourteen songs performed by rock bands of varying fame, rather than compositions created specially for the film, but this music suited the film's dark, gothic, violent and romantic atmosphere so well that nothing extra is required.

      TRACKLIST:

      1. The Cure - "Burn"
      2. Machines of Loving Grace - "Golgatha Tenament"
      3. Stone Temple Pilots - "Big Empty"
      4. Nine Inch Nails - "Dead Souls"
      5. Rage Against the Machine - "Darkness (of Greed)"
      6. Violent Femmes - "Color Me Once"
      7. Rollins Band - "Ghostrider"
      8. Helmet - "Milktoast"
      9. Pantera - "The Badge&quo
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      10. For Love Not Lisa - "Slip Slide Melting"
      11. My Life With the Thrill Kill Kult - "After The Flesh"
      12. The Jesus and Mary Chain - "Snakedriver"
      13. Medicine - "Time Baby III"
      14. Jane Siberry - "It Can't Rain All The Time"

      For anyone who has not seen the cult film, it is essentially the story of a man's quest for revenge on the murderers of his wife and himself, from beyond the grave. The film never appears cheesy however, and its permanenly dark streets and buildings create a look that is almost unique in a film. The soundtrack album certainly does it justice, and the tracks are ordered roughly into their appearance in the film. I would recommend this to fans of less mainstream metal and gothic and haunting atmospheric music, although there are obvious exceptions. Artists such as Rage Against the Machine, For Love Not Lisa and Medicine keep a slightly more upbeat feel than the rest, but they all manage to integrate perfectly. I'm sure perfect is a term that many fans of the film would apply to this soundtrack, although there are a number of tracks which I would not enjoy if they weren't so linked with one of my favourite movies. Even the poorer tracks will get in your head.

      It's also very possible that by listening to a soundtrack such as this, you become interested in a different musical style. I have expanded my taste to more electronic, 'moody' rock thanks to bands on the CD such as Nine Inch Nails and My Life with the Thrill Kill Kult, and I'm sure that avid soundtrack collectors could relate similar experiences through their own collections. I'll certainly buy the sound
      tracks to films which have such an impact and high quality music as this, I just haven't found anything to match it yet.

      I bought this CD from an eBay seller, if you were ever planning to buy a soundtrack but didn't want to dish out a large amount for something you may not thoroughly enjoy I'd always suggest the old auction site, and have been listening to it all day; it's going to get a lot of playing, and it's an album that has the very powerful effect of making you want to re-watch the film.

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      25.11.2003 17:34
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      Being someone whose taste in music is, while very poor, very specific, film soundtracks are usually something I can't buy. In fact, the soundtrack to the excellent 1994 film "the Crow" starring Brandon Lee, who became immortalised through his tragic death during the making of this film, is the only film soundtrack I have ever bought. The album features fourteen songs performed by rock bands of varying fame, rather than compositions created specially for the film, but this music suited the film's dark, gothic, violent and romantic atmosphere so well that nothing extra is required. The main reason I bought this soundtrack was because I wanted to own two specific songs, "Dead Souls" by Nine Inch Nails and "Burn" by the Cure. These songs had been stored on my computer and played countless times, but I wanted to be able to own them officially if that makes any sense. I am a fanatic collector at heart, I just hope I never have enough money to fuel this obsession properly. These songs are my favourite off the film and the soundtrack as I find they suit the scenes perfectly; the advantage of having seen the film so much is that even the poorer tracks can remind you of their place on the screen. For anyone who has not seen the film it's essentially the story of a man's quest for revenge on the murderers of his wife and himself, from beyond the grave. The film never appears cheesy however, and its permanenly dark streets and buildings create a look that is almost unique in a film. The soundtrack album certainly does it justice, and the tracks are ordered roughly into their appearance in the film. I would recommend this to fans of less mainstream metal and gothic and haunting atmospheric music, although there are obvious exceptions. Artists such as Rage Against the Machine, For Love Not Lisa and Medicine keep a slightly more upbeat feel than the rest, but they all manage to integrate perfectly. I'm sure perfec
      t is a term that many fans of the film would apply to this soundtrack, although there are a number of tracks which I would not enjoy if they weren't so linked with one of my favourite movies. Even the poorer tracks will get in your head. It's also very possible that by listening to a soundtrack such as this, you become interested in a different musical style. I have expanded my taste to more electronic, 'moody' rock thanks to bands on the CD such as Nine Inch Nails and My Life with the Thrill Kill Kult, and I'm sure that avid soundtrack collectors could relate similar experiences through their own collections. I'll certainly buy the soundtracks to films which have such an impact and high quality music as this, I just haven't found anything to match it yet. I bought this CD from an eBay seller, if you were ever planning to buy a soundtrack but didn't want to dish out a large amount for something you may not thoroughly enjoy I'd always suggest the old auction site, and have been listening to it all day; it's going to get a lot of playing, and it's an album that has the very powerful effect of making you want to re-watch the film. Maybe when it's dark...

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        05.01.2002 05:04
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        Okay, for those that don't know, there are actually TWO (yes TWO) Crow soundtracks available. Even though this review thing is supposed to be about the instrumental version (for which there is already a review right here), I will write (type) a review for the other version.. First things first, the tracks are as follows: 1| THE CURE -- Burn 2| MACHINES OF LOVING GRACE -- Golgotha Tenement Blues 3| STONE TEMPLE PILOTS -- Big Empty 4| N.I.N. -- Dead Souls 5| R.A.T.M. -- Darkness 6| VIOLENT FEMMES -- Colour Me Once 7| ROLLINS BAND -- Ghostrider 8| HELMET -- Milktoast 9| PANTERA -- The Badge 10| FOR LOVE NOT LISA -- Slip Slide Melting 11| MY LIFE WITH THE THRILL KILL KULT -- After The Flesh 12| THE JESUS AND MARY CHAIN -- Snakedriver 13| MEDICINE -- Time Baby III 14| JANE SIBERRY -- It Can't Rain All The Time The first track alone is worth buying this CD for. It's the song from when The Crow is 'suiting up', putting on his make-up and clothes etc. So just imagine, you can play that track as you are getting dressed, and imagine that you are THE CROW! How cool. Ahem, well, that's what I like to to anyway! Well, this whole CD is like a big ride thru the whole 'Crow' experience. It kicks off with the greatest track from the movie, and ends - like the film - with a soft, gentle feeling. In fact, the last track 'It Can't Rain All The Time' is a complete contrast to the previous songs. It leaves the ablum ending on a very calm note, and just gently brings you down as the CD ends. In between those two tracks, you will find a mish mash of rock, metal, punk and all sorts. Some from bands like Rage Against The Machine, others from perhaps lesser known, but equally as talented, people. This CD is an absolute MUST for any Crow fan. It opitomises the film beautifully. So go and buy it now! Go go GO!

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          17.03.2001 09:35
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          This review is of the band soundtrack album as opposed to the instrumental soundtrack album. I first heard this album way back before I saw the film and really didn't care for it at all, but then after seeing the film (which makes no difference to my opinion of the album), and waiting another couple of years I decided that I really did need a copy. Then one day whilst perusing the sale section I found it on sale and finally went and brought it (at the same time as The Matrix soundtrack incidentally) and I am so glad that I brought it. Not having watched the film recently I couldn't really say how much of this album was actually in the film but really who cares? You can never really buy a band soundtrack album purely from what you see in a film anyway, with very few exceptions. This is an album you should look at if you want an album full of the darker side of alternative rock in the early nineties. The Cure – Burn Classic Cure, Robert Smith's distinct, slightly waily vocal cut across a landscape deep guitars. These screech into oblivion periodically giving a true sense of despair – which is really what The Cure are all about. The drums form a very prominent backbone to the track together with the rhythm section. Gets the album off to a superbly dark start. 9/10 Machines of Loving Grace- Golgotha Tenement Blues Follows on from The Cure nicely, it is a slow tempo guttsy rock blues tune, not the best or most distinct track on the album. Even with its incessant use of the lyrics "I never took the money" in the second half of the song. 7/10 Stone Temple Pilots – Big Empty This is a somewhat lighter shade of rock. The guitar is played in a way, with sliding notes, that gives a lazy atmosphere in the quiet bits. The whole track has clear leading vocals, even when the track builds up the guitars. The lyrics themselves seem to be a general lack of ad
          equacy affair. 9/10 Nine Inch Nails – Dead Souls This is one of their rock tracks. It's a fairly quiet affair with occasional build up of guitar. The drums are extremely prominent and are the driving force of the track. The vocals follow the backing track, usually approaching the chorus with gritted teeth vocals before going into shouted vocals during the chorus itself. 8/10 Rage Against The Machine – Darkness This is better than most of Rage's songs. It still has they're standard rap-rock style, but this track has some really nice quiet pieces of guiter/bass work. The loud bits sound like every other Rage track except the lyrics are different. These are quite good, but I've just gone off the style in which they're sung. 6/10 Violent Femmes – Color Me Once Here we re-enter the darker feeling tracks with a slow tempo tune that only has one loud bit, which is purely screeching sliding guitar work. The track as a whole has a meandering quality with vocals in the despair range again. 7/10 Rollins Band – Ghost Rider We're back in heavier territory now, the vocals are all shouted and his voice really breaks up at times. The tune itself is a relatively simple affair but with it's pounding repetitive theme the song really works. 8/10 Helmet – Milktoast This song falls into both metal and rock. We hear quite a lot of grinding guitar but it is never overpowering. The vocals are clear throughout. 6/10 Pantera – The Badge This is the heaviest track on the album (no surprise there). The pace just refuses to slack throughout the song with the guitars and drums an unstoppable force. The vocals are deep and very slightly cracked. 5/10 For Love Not Lisa – Slip Slide Melting Another up-tempo track. The while thing speeds through with continued guitar grind (but wit
          h a tune) before at halfway we get a quiet bit with oscillating feedback, after which it slowly rebuilds until a brief full on flourish. In the first half of the song I've not a clue what they're on about but in the second half it all becomes more sentimental. 7/10 My Life with the Thrill Kill Kult – After the Flesh The only industrial track on here. The tempo is high and uses samples a lot to great effect without aver repeating any of them too much. It's a very busy track with backing beats and a regular rift with only the odd variation. On occasion it alters to an entirely different rift on the backing making the track so much more interesting. The vocals have a satisfying amount of distortion without obliterating them. 8/10 The Jesus And Mary Chain – Snakedriver The overwhelming word that comes to mind for this song is droning. The guitars drone continually in the background, even through all the variations in the tune its just continuous. The vocals are generally clear but also droning. At the end it all descends into distortion. 6/10 Medicine – Time Baby III This is the first track on the album with female vocals. On the whole it's an indie affair, very much early nineties (not really surprising that). It has a soft, floaty feel, without being overwhelmingly light. 8/10 Jane Siberry – It Can't Rain All The Time This is the song that's played in the film all the time. It is completely traditionally singer orientated song. The vocals lead with only the odd instrument sneaking up in the background for most of it. She really has an amazing vocal range and it is a really beautiful track but it doesn't really fit on such a band driven album. 8/10 This I feel is one of the best band based soundtracks around even now seven years on, it has such a good cohesive quality about it. It doesn't stick over-rigidly to a si
          ngle genre, which really helps give much needed variety to the album. The only track I feel is out of place here, as mentioned above, is the Jane Siberry song it is, however, the one most deserving of a place on the soundtrack when considering the film – also it is a damn fine song. My personal favourite track is My Life With The Thrill Kill Kult but this is probably not going to be the case with most people, I just like the way, despite being a massively crowded track, it still manages to maintain a sense of order which is essential in making listenable music. Other stand out songs for me are those by The Cure and Stone Temple Pilots, both are completely different in style yet somehow both belong here due to the common emotion running through them.

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          Disc #1 Tracklisting
          1 Burn
          2 Golgotha Tenement Blues
          3 Big Empty
          4 Dead Souls
          5 Darkness
          6 Color Me Once
          7 Ghost Rider
          8 Milktoast
          9 Badge
          10 Slip Slide Melting
          11 After The Flesh
          12 Snakedriver
          13 Time Baby 2
          14 It Can't Rain All The Time