Album – The Crow (Original Motion
Artist - Various
Key Players – The Cure, Nine Inch
Nails, Rage Against the Machine etc.
Produced By – Jeff Most, Jolene
Cherry, Tom Carolan
Release Date – March 29, 1994
Overview - This is the soundtrack for
the 1994 film. Based off a comic book the soundtrack has many cover
versions of songs all with a bit of a “modern” twist. The
soundtrack sold well, actually going to #1 on the Billboard charts.
The films star, Brandon Lee, was killed on the set before the film
was even completed.
FDF Comments (aka the songs)
soundtrack is 14 tracks long and begins with a re-written track from The Cure
called “Burn” has all the classic elements of a Cure song,
the extended intro with a solid deep bass line. Robert Smith's
classic delivery of lyrics and drums add to the darkness of the
Machines of Loving Grace “Golgotha
Tenement Blues” starts with a ringing bass and the guitars slowly
build over and electronic sounding drum track. A band known for more
heavier industrial sounding tracks, this is surprisingly laid back.
Stone Temple Pilots “ Big Empty” follows and this song is just
that classic STP sound. The big guitars and soaring vocal. It was
on the band “Purple” album and still garners a ton of radio
airplay. Nine Inch Nails
cover the Joy Division song “Dead Souls”.
Reznor does a fine job and uses a bit of the technology that Joy
Division would have used if available at the time. The bass and
drums are the standouts on the track. Rage Against the Machine
re-recorded, and renamed their inclusion on the soundtrack to
“Darkness”. Starting surprisingly slow and hushed for a band of
their reputation it quickly changes to what you'd hope and expect
from RATM. Once you hear the Morello guitar line you know what to
expect. “Color Me Once” is a track from the Violent Femmes. A
wild change of direction from the prior tracks. A very slow tune
with brushed drums and then heavier bass strikes make a hushed tune
seemingly grow. An extended guitar solo is the highlight. The Rollins Band
a track originally done by the band “Suicide”. The Rollins Band
is always heavy, without a ton of splash. You get what you get.
Buzzing guitars, deep bass and Henry's howl. Nothing to be missed.
“Milktoast” (or Milquetoast) from Helmet
came from their “Betty”
album and the rat-a-tat-drums and swirling guitars still get me each
and every time. The version here is a little different that the
original, mostly with the production values on the guitar. The
original sounds better to me personally. Pantera cover Poison Ideas
“The Badge” and its a rowdy one at that. What we'd want from
Pantera, the growling vocals and heavy instrumentation. I'll admit I
know next to nothing, okay nothing about For Love Not Lisa who play
the tune “Slip Slide Melting”. It fits well with the bulk of
this soundtrack with the big guitars and vocals. It has the grind of
Helmet and the speed of Pantera. We get our tech fix when My Life
With the Thrill Kill Kult play “After the Flesh”. Layer upon
layer of keyboards and distorted vocals is the norm here. The Jesus and Mary Chain
blast out their trademark drone on “Snakedriver”.
The big guitars along with bass and prominent tambourine plug along.
Oh, it gets fuzzed out later, don't worry! “Time Baby III” from
Medicine follows. The first female lead track. Sounds a lot like
the Cocteau Twins to me, with the layers of angelic voices, its just
the music is a bit more uptempo than what the Cocteau Twins were
known for. Closing out the collection is Jane Siberry with “It
Can't Rain All the Time”. Easily the quietest of all the tracks,
blending the light vocals with acoustic guitar and long keyboard
drones. The vocals do double up and it becomes more full
FDF Overall Take
- The soundtrack is coming up on 20 years
old already. It pulled in some pretty heavy hitters back in 1994 and
the covers make it interesting enough. Some of the tracks you still
hear to this day which is also a testament. A few shippable tracks,
but overall its worth your time.
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