Soundtrack (Film)
Iron Man 3: Heroes Fall


2.0
poor

Review

by Alex Beebe USER (126 Reviews)
May 1st, 2013 | 46 replies


Release Date: 04/30/2013 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Bizarrely inapt.

What kind of music do you think of when you imagine an action-adventure movie centering on a billionaire-turned-superhero explosively battling against his enemies in a robotic bodysuit? I would think that rock or possibly even light metal music would spring to mind for most, and the soundtrack for the first Iron Man film hit the nail on the head in that regard by featuring an assortment of AC/DC tracks that not only provided the perfect balance of sharp edge and playful energy for the big screen adaptation of the comic book character, but whose confident tone complimented the witty personality of protagonist Tony Stark.

Now, Heroes Fall claims that the collection of songs we have before us are all “music inspired by the motion picture,” however, I sure as hell can’t comprehend how a movie that looks to be absolutely action-packed could inspire a package entirely comprised of atmospheric indie pop songs as underwhelming and delicate as these. While the visceral atmosphere that artists such as Passion Pit and Awolnation offer in their songs could potentially be likened to scenes of aerial soaring in the film, whatever influence the movie had on these fragile tracks is sparse and difficult to grasp. Perhaps the inspiration lies in the themes of the songs and not the music style itself, as song titles such as 3OH!3’s “Bad Guy” at least acknowledge that there is indeed an antagonist in the film…no? Well, disregarding the slight potential significance of what the song titles may have in common with the movie, the name of the Awolnation track “Some Kind of Joke” at least does its job of accurately pinpointing what this soundtrack album is in and out.

As for the music itself, if the idea was to have a bundle of tracks from indie artists that make atmospheric music, then very poor choices were made in this case. The songs here aren’t necessarily of astoundingly poor quality, but they really just make absolutely no sense in the context of the Iron Man franchise; at least stylistically. Though even standalone and outside of the Iron Man tag, the majority of these songs are only decent at best. While that 3OH!3 song is a complete and utter joke that unquestionably shares nothing in relation to Iron Man on any level, artists like Neon Trees and Capital Cities inject their contributions with so much sugary production that it’s almost cringe-worthy to listen to them here.

One could argue that the intentions behind this move were to make a soundtrack album full of music choices that the common person wouldn't expect to be connected to an action film like Iron Man 3, but it really just comes off as painfully inappropriate for the movie it’s based on rather than unpredictable, and seems more like an attempt to cash in on the indie pop/rock genre's current resurgence in popularity on mainstream radio waves. The ebullient and uproarious pulse the Iron Man movies are known for is completely gone against with music that provides the exact opposite: tame and vapid indie pop that’s far too unsuitably reserved to convey any apparent “inspiration” from the upcoming third installment in the Iron Man film series.



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breakingthefragile
May 1st 2013


2962 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

Seriously. What the hell?

toxin.
May 1st 2013


12771 Comments


"an attempt to cash in on the current resurgence in popularity of indie pop in mainstream radio waves"

yep basically this considering the artists there (i dont' even know need to know the songs)

ViralOblivion
May 1st 2013


7679 Comments


Still excited for the movie

breakingthefragile
May 1st 2013


2962 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

Yeah I'm excited as hell to see this movie as well. Hopefully there will just be the score for the film's music, and there won't be any of these tracks making an appearance.

NorwichScene
May 1st 2013


1498 Comments


Saw it last night. Was good 7/10

Digging: From Indian Lakes - Able Bodies

ViralOblivion
May 1st 2013


7679 Comments


If any tracks do appear it'll be AC DC or something

breakingthefragile
May 1st 2013


2962 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

AC/DC worked really well for the first two films. I hope this soundtrack doesn't
mean they've done away with their songs completely.

ViralOblivion
May 1st 2013


7679 Comments


I agree movie will be good Shane Black is a great director he's good with characters

Rowan5215
May 1st 2013


27799 Comments


Haha suckers, saw it a week ago. But yeah it rules, best Iron Man movie so far and one of the best of the Marvel Universe.

breakingthefragile
May 1st 2013


2962 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

Okay so, apparently this thing is also a "concept soundtrack album?" Seriously wtf is up with this?

ViralOblivion
May 1st 2013


7679 Comments


Idk what that even is how do you put soundtracks into the database I wanted t add two myself is it different? Do I do anything
different?

breakingthefragile
May 1st 2013


2962 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

You search for "Soundtrack" and then you'll be brought to the Soundtrack artist page. Then you just add the album to the page like you normally would with any other artist.

ViralOblivion
May 1st 2013


7679 Comments


Fer sure thanks

BigPleb
May 1st 2013


37556 Comments


Who gives a fuck about this?

breakingthefragile
May 1st 2013


2962 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

Well, I heard it and thought it was pretty strange as far as soundtracks go, and I was inspired to write about it and share it with anyone who may be interested. You clicked on this page, so you tell me who gives a fuck about it. I was inspired to write about it, and that's all there is to it. If you give a shit, then great, added bonus I guess.

BigPleb
May 1st 2013


37556 Comments


Na man, I'm not criticizing you for reviewing it. Just very odd to see a soundtrack review on here.

breakingthefragile
May 1st 2013


2962 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

My bad, I misunderstood. I have a few other soundtrack/score reviews up. I think I'm one of the only people on the site that actually reviews soundtracks on and off. I think there's some great score music out there, so there should really be more soundtrack reviews up imo.

ViralOblivion
May 1st 2013


7679 Comments


I thought people did review soundtracks well I mean I thought it was not a out of the ordinary thing

ViralOblivion
May 1st 2013


7679 Comments


I might review a few but I've only done one review lol

BigPleb
May 1st 2013


37556 Comments


Great practice to write a few more! Its when you can be bothered, though.



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