Sound — 7
Movie soundtracks have never been such a big issue, especially if the movie turns out not very successful. Dare I say they're one of the most underrated releases in music nowadays. Sometimes you can find such a great compilation of artists on one soundtrack, songs so different by nature and time they were recorded, but carrying some intangible common atmosphere. The guys at Lionsgate label decided to take it easy, not to spend CDs and spare places in the stores and just release Bug Original Movie Soundtrack available for download only. Too bad as the record is much more worth listening to than a lot of other CDs trashing music shops. You'd expect something very scary from a horror movie soundtrack, but Bug Original Movie Soundtrack is a nice exception from the rules. You won't find here any screamo or metal, instead it's a compilation of original songs putting you in a thoughtful mood. The music for William Friedkin's thriller was originally scored by famous Brian Tyler who wrote two instrumental tracks for the movie. The album starts with a very interesting track Learning To Drive. What makes it even more interesting is the fact that it is performed by Velvet Revolver's Scott Weiland -- not only a pleasant surprise, but also a very nice return to Weiland's past activity in Stone Temple Pilots. The song is a remake of the band's 1999s unreleased track, called the same way. According to Weiland, it is perfect to be in a film due to it's psychotic roller coaster ride in slow motion feel. The movie theme is written by Serj Tankian from System Of A Down. Despite it's well-known author, it's an obscure instrumental with only 1 minute worth of sounds. The CD has 5 previously unreleased tracks -- among which are Learning To Drive and Sean and Sara Watkins' No Way To Live. Other songs are as varied as 1964's Searching by Alvin Robinson or Los Tigres Del Norte's Viva Mi Sinaloa. For some strange reason there's a silly part being stuck in the middle of the album -- rock-n-roll from Susan Tedeschi with I Fell In Love, country Cowboy Boots by The Blacksliders and a couple other rarity tracks. I bet it was pretty hard to find those tracks a place in a psychological thriller.
Lyrics — 8
Album's title track Learning To Drive by Scott Weiland is Stone Temple Pilots at their best -- lyrics are on some mysterious subject, you got the feeling you almost understands what Weiland is singing about, you're almost close! You even get into the same mood with the artist, but no, you still can't get what the hell he means. All you are left with is make up your own meaning of the lyrics and pretend you understand what it's all about.
Overall Impression — 7
As Bug has been called the most bizarre film of the year, Bug Original Movie Soundtrack is one of the most bizarre horror movie soundtracks and one of the most pleasant too. Take out the ridiculous middle part, best liked by your grandma, and it could even be great! Trying to find something common in the songs on the CD, you can point out just one thing -- weirdness. Every track is in one or another way weird and unusual, even stupid Cowboy Boots by The Blacksliders.