The songs on this CD are only about ten times more subtle than the average rugby or football anthem, which isn't saying much. But there's a nice tune or two. Dashboard confessional opens with their hit "Vindicated" (unpopular with Dashboard fans but big with radio playlisters), Jet's psuedo vintage "Hold on" is cute, Mardon's tastefully seductive "Woman" stylishly cool stuff.
But when you're not caught up in the big sound and energy web of the actual movie, the endless layered vocals lamenting the loneliness of Spider-man in a world that doesn't understand might become monotonously overemotional after a while.
The last two tracks are given over to the real Spider-man movie-style themes: Danny Elfman's "Spidey Suite" and "Doc Okc Suite".
Overall, a nice album, though it's really no more than a spin off - if you'll forgive the pun - from a great mass-market movie.
- Jean Barker
WHAT OTHER CRITICS SAID:
If you like cookie-cutter bands and weak, uninspired songs, please pick this up. Or if you really, REALLY miss soundtracks from the nineties, this should provide a nice little flashback. Otherwise, ignore the gigantic FBI warning on the back and try to download the Yellowcard and Ataris tracks. - Bill Hanstock for 411mania.com, who gave it 3/10
Train, Hoobastank and the rest bring on the musical pyrotechnics with dollar signs burning in their eyes.- Barry Walters for Rolling Stone, who gave it **
...the latest installment of the comic book saga leans heavily toward explosive tunes by strapping tattooed men who aren't afraid to cry...- Aidin Vaziri for Amazon.com
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