Sound — 9
Spiderman has always been a movie with ambitions. To stand out from the shadow of Batman, the producers do their best to make the film be different. One of those differences is the fact that soundtracks to Spiderman are not just soundtracks, but music inspired by the movie. Personally I'm very skeptical about that myth, but whatever. Spiderman 3 soundtrack is already here, featuring 15 inspired tracks. Even though the press-release claims that there are all-new original songs, I get suspicious with The Twist by Chubby Checker that was out in 1960... This one is definitely not Spiderman-inspired. The line-up of the soundtracks is stellar -- there are tracks from multi-platinum British Snow Patrol, Jet, The Flaming Lips, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Grammy-winning Wolfmother, The Walkmen just to name a few. The killer of the record are definitely Australian stars Wolfmother with their Pleased To Meet You. Most important there's that Led Zeppeling-like guitar riff that many bands would die to write. Vocalist Andrew Stockdale's strong falsetto screaming creates the passion long forgotten with rockers in 1970s and now called retro. Whatever you want to call it, Pleased To Meet You is the first song you remember after listening to the soundtrack. Pay attention to melancholic Scared Of Myself by Simon Dawes as it has a full-blown steel guitar solo towards the end. All the tracks are all very different -- from power ballad Signal Fire by Snow Patrol to girlish indie Small Parts by The Oohlas, but at the same time the CD sounds quite solid. The only tracks that fall out are the aforementioned rock-n-roll The Twist by Chubby Checker and Sightlines by Rogue Wave. Not to mention Coconut Records' Summer Day that has lyrics like Boo ba buh buh buh and Krispy koo coo quo. Or is that the duality featuring in Spider-Man 3 movie?
Lyrics — 8
You gotta be a really talented lyricist to write a song on a given subject. Wayne Coyne of The Flaming Lips deals with the matter quite professionally with a well share of humor. He has already been noticed in writing movie-inspired songs -- think of Spongebob & Patrick Confront The Psychic Wall Of Energy. The man has grown a little bit -- from Spongebob to Spiderman (hehe). His The Supreme Being Teaching Spiderman - How To Be In Love features lyrics like Honesty can kill the spider/ Muhammad Ali feels the same with anthem-like And I hear them call my name (Here comes the Spider-Man). Probably the best unserious poetry on the soundtrack. Among people singing on the record, I'd say Stephen McBeam from Black Mountain is a stand-out. His mellow meowing vocals in Stay Free remind you of The Beatles' Free As A Bird.
Overall Impression — 9
Usually those compilation soundtracks offer you a bunch of crappy songs from half-famous bands and the only chance to like it is to like the movie and think of it, listening to the CD. Surprisingly, but people who picked songs for Spiderman 3 did a really good job and the record sounds great even if you didn't watch the film. This is the best Spider-Man soundtrack by far comparing to two previous ones, thanx to such heavy-hitters as Yeah Yeah Yeahs or Flaming Lips. Produced by D. Sardy (Oasis, Jet, Wolfmother, Primal Scream) all together they just can't make a bad compilation.