Soundtrack
Avengers Assemble


2.0
poor

Review

by Green Baron USER (111 Reviews)
July 16th, 2013 | 27 replies


Release Date: 2012 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Not so much a soundtrack as it is a compilation of boring mainstream rock.

Movie soundtracks are dying nowadays, and that's mainly because no one actually buys physical albums anymore. Even though many songs from movies become hits, they're not as effective. Does Death Cab for Cutie's "Meet Me on the Equinox" conjure images of "Twilight: New Moon" the same way that Simple Minds' "Don't You (Forget About Me)" immediately brings back memories of "The Breakfast Club"? There used to be many movies where a song was tied to its legacy, yet recently those songs have been lacking. The truth is, we haven't had a real soundtrack hit in a few years.

Now, Avengers Assemble is obviously not going to buck the trend. Even though "The Avengers" was a mega box-office smash hit, its soundtrack is not one for the airwaves. Its fourteen songs are all by bands that might have been in a high schooler's playlist in 2007. Take some boring mainstream rock groups from the 00s, throw in a few decent ones, add some new artists, and you got yourselves the Avengers soundtrack. Its ultra-talented lineup includes such great artists including Papa Roach, Theory of a Deadman, and... Black Veil Brides. Did Joss Whedon actually think that Black Veil Brides were a highly respected rock band that would be completely appropriate for his excellent movie? The most likely scenario was that it was a week before release date, and he asked his crew, "What bands to angsty teenagers like to listen to today? I honestly have no ***ing clue!"

The soundtrack starts off enjoyably enough. Soundgarden's "Live to Rise", the official theme song of the movie, and the grunge band's first newly recorded song in over sixteen years, opens up the album on a strong note. With a catchy chorus that features Chris Cornell crooning "Like the sun we will live to rise, like the sun we will live and die" over Kim Thayil’s infectious guitar riff, and subdued verses that truly bring out the emotion in Cornell’s passionate vocals, “Live to Rise” opens up the soundtrack on a high note, perhaps setting the standards a little too high.

Shinedown’s “I’m Alive” follows suit, and it’s pretty damn enjoyable, even if it sounds like every Shinedown song released in the last five years. It’s fist-pumping, fast-paced, mosh-worthy chorus is the song’s highlight, giving us the energy that was lacking in the band’s popular hits. “Dirt and Roses” by Rise Against, however, has somewhat boring verses, but makes up for it with a scream-filled, raging bridge and a catchy chorus. It may not be as good as Sufferer or even Siren Song, but it’s more enjoyable than most of the songs on Appeal to Reason and Endgame.

After that’s all done though, welcome to complete hell. Papa Roach are still playing the angsty teen card, with their contribution “Even If I Could” being repetitive, boring and unmemorable, just like most of their other work. Black Veil Brides are still doing the same monotonous, one-octave metalcore that got them infamous in the first place, and its cheesy lyrics don’t help either (“I will not walk away… If we stand together, we will be unbroken”). Scott Weiland lends a bland, soulless, off-key performance that does nothing except but prove how much he needs the rest of Stone Temple Pilots, while Evanescence remix a bonus track from their self-titled third album that was already bland and lifeless to begin with. Photek’s remix adds irritating dubstep noises inside the song, while drowning out Amy Lee’s vocals. Perhaps worst of all, Buckcherry hits a new low in terms of bland radio rock, as “Wherever I Go” is plagued with nasally and horrible vocals, a monotonous and seriously un-catchy chorus that will be emptied out of memory within five minutes of listening. In an album full of mediocre mainstream rock jams, “Wherever I Go” is easily the worst one.

So, as far as soundtracks go, Avengers Assemble is definitely in the bottom tier. The entire album is chock-full of mainstream rock songs by mainstream rock bands, most of them who haven’t been popular in the last five years. It may start out great, with excellent songs by Soundgarden, Shinedown and Rise Against, but past that, the album is forgettable, repetitive and bland. Some tracks may start out good, but don’t really go anywhere and just end up as wasted potential (Five Finger Death Punch’s cover of Faith No More). Even if the movie kicked ass, Avengers Assemble is a good reminder why modern soundtracks are nothing but a collection of mediocre songs that in the end, have nothing to do with its movie.



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RivalSkoomaDealer
July 16th 2013


779 Comments


A fittingly shitty soundtrack for a fittingly terrible film. Good review. Have a pos.

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Crawl
July 16th 2013


1616 Comments


Film was fine.

Gwyn.
July 16th 2013


15081 Comments


Film was kay
Only thing it had was tony stark and the action



Oh and the barrage of gay fanfiction from fangirls ofc

ShitsofRain
July 16th 2013


5893 Comments


and one good scene with hulk

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RivalSkoomaDealer
July 16th 2013


779 Comments


Film was the worst hero movie i've ever seen.

MrElmo
July 16th 2013


1953 Comments


Nah that goes to Hulk, this movie is probably a damn good popcorn movie

Crymsonblaze
July 16th 2013


7480 Comments


Film was great. One of the only good things Marvel has done in a long time

RivalSkoomaDealer
July 16th 2013


779 Comments


All of you are wrong.

menawati
Contributing Reviewer
July 16th 2013


16018 Comments


film was ok, hulk was daft tho

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RivalSkoomaDealer
July 16th 2013


779 Comments


They completely fucked up Hulk. None of the movies have gotten him exactly right but that scene at the end where he somehow learns to control his rage conveniently just because the plot needed him to was rather infuriating.

pizzamachine
July 16th 2013


12571 Comments


'twas a fun brainless action movie.

menawati
Contributing Reviewer
July 16th 2013


16018 Comments


yes br1nk thats what i meant, he went suddenly from reluctant but unable to control his transformation to suddenly being gung-ho and being able to Hulk-up at will, it was daft, movie was fun overall tho

Crymsonblaze
July 16th 2013


7480 Comments


"All of you are wrong."

Lol

It was an above average Marvel movie with great dialogue thanks to Whedon.

You want a shit superhero movie, watch Iron Man 2, Hulk, Incredible Hulk, Hellboy 2, Amazing Spider-Man, X-Men 3, X-Men Origins, X-Men First Class, Batman Forever, Nolan's Batmans (although I admit I'm in the minority on that), Superman 3 and 4, Superman Returns, probably Man of Steel, or last but not least, 300 (I'm counting it)

Crymsonblaze
July 16th 2013


7480 Comments


Having said that, this soundtrack is ass. Post-grungy ass

Irving
Staff Reviewer
July 16th 2013


7271 Comments


I suddenly want to go and have a shawarma

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Irving
Staff Reviewer
July 16th 2013


7271 Comments


For more on-topic discussion though, can I say that as the first new Soundgarden song in AGES, "Live to Rise" sucked major balls? It briefly made me lose hope in the upcoming (at the time) King Animal.

Thank God it ended up looking like they just passed the movie the B-side track lol.

PsychicChris
July 16th 2013


211 Comments


Only bothered with the new Soundgarden song. It was pretty decent I suppose.

But yeah, movie soundtracks have been pretty terrible for some time now. Tis a shame.

ChopSuey
July 16th 2013


2392 Comments


lmao this movie sucks BALLZZZZZ,

demigod!
July 16th 2013


44352 Comments


movie was awesome and fun as hell

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Ecnalzen
July 16th 2013


6531 Comments


Movie was a lot of fun, but the whole Hulk thing was pretty dumb; agreed.

This soundtrack definitely doesn't look promising based on the artists.



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