Monday, July 27, 2020

The Crow (Soundtrack): Tipstor? Pick

Summary: The film’s aura of death and gothic unease, moods that are brilliantly underscored by this well-chosen collection of stark alt rock, dark metal, and industrial dirges. The opener, the?Cure’s typically angst-ridden “Burn,” is about as sentimental as this album gets, bookended by?Jane Siberry’s wistful “It Can’t Rain All the Time.” Sandwiched in between is a virtual primer on powerful mid-1990s alt and industrial rock, from?Nine Inch Nails?hammering?Joy Division’s “Dead Souls” into its own image to the blistering snarl of?Helmet,?Pantera, and the?Rollins Band. So-called pop-song scores often have a cheap afterthought feel to them; this one, a refreshingly integral part of the film itself, stands as a great album in its own right.?

Album: The Crow

Artist: ?Medicine,?Rollins Band, Graeme Revell, Nine Inch Nails, The Cure?

Label: Interscope Records


The only things certain in life are death, taxes, and ?90s movie soundtracks peppered with brooding cover songs.?The Crow?was a prototype of the latter, filled with exceptional reinterpretations that would become the urtext of anti-authoritarian mall goths: Rollins Band pound out Suicide?s ?Ghostrider,? Pantera rip up Poison Idea?s ?The Badge,? Rage Against the Machine?reclaim?Zack de la Rocha?s former hardcore-punk band Inside Out, and we?re treated to maybe the only good Joy Division cover?ever?in Nine Inch Nails? heart-racing ?Dead Souls.? Think of this as the evil cousin of the?Singles?soundtrack, the underbelly of ?90s music, the sound of electronic-industrial noise-rock. Though?The Crow?is now?more of a slice of gothic lore than a memorable movie due to the accidental on-set death of its star, Brandon Lee, its grungy, gloomy cultural relevance owes a great deal to its music.


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