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Soundtrack (Film)
The Crow: City of Angels


2.0
poor

Review

by Herbie Chrost USER (20 Reviews)
February 24th, 2020 | 10 replies


Release Date: 1996 | Tracklist


The average "cash grab sequel to a cult hit" affair. There are some good songs such as the contributions by PJ Harvey, Filter, and Iggy Pop's re-recording of "I Wanna Be Your Dog" is fierce as a fireball. However, as a whole, the attempt to imitate the magic of the first The Crow soundtrack is completely lackluster. The deep cuts and b-sides that were chosen on that album never felt like forgotten scraps that were dug up. In fact, they eclipse the big hits in the tracklist because of how good they are. Even the covers are outstanding, with Nine Inch Nail's legendary rendition of Joy Division's "Dead Souls" being one of the soundtrack's obvious highlights. On City of Angels, Hole's cover of Fleetwood Mac's "Gold Dust Woman" is good, but it's only held together by Courtney Love's snarling attitude. The other two covers offer nothing special in either performance or interpreting the original song... Who decided Bush covering Joy Division was a good idea?

What gave the original The Crow soundtrack its unique, cohesive sound is the atmosphere its tracklist created. At times it's noisy and abrasive, some times moody and gothic, and other times contemplative and melancholic. With some smart sequencing, the end product was a potent collection of songs that can still be appreciated outside of the film's context. By comparison, City of Angels stubbornly operates on one note, completely missing the nuance of the former's success. It certainly succeeds at sticking to an aesthetic, but across its 70 minute run time, aggressive post-grunge and industrial metal songs just blend together. Too few songs lack any dynamics, as they are often just big and loud. Not only does this keep the listening experience from being totally engaging, but dates the soundtrack in a very unflattering way. It defines mediocre 90's radio rock even more than the already dated production.

That last point is ultimately what makes this soundtrack not work: it tries too hard to appeal to its contemporary rock audience. It's a shallow attempt at cashing in on the sequel to a movie that should have stayed singular out of respect for Brandon Lee's death.



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TVC15
February 24th 2020


10857 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

A glorified sound off I guess, but listening to this album kinda made me think more about what I think defines a great film soundtrack. Have still never seen this film but the quality of the soundtrack (and the film's already atrocious reputation) makes me want to keep it that way. Still a nice exercise in me trying to write more concise reviews, the opposite of my usual very long ones lol

parksungjoon
February 24th 2020


33733 Comments


oh shit youre back

gonna read

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parksungjoon
February 24th 2020


33733 Comments


having never watched the crow (or this), i feel like your review does a good job of informing me why this is lame

pos'd

Drifter
February 24th 2020


17614 Comments


Nice review, would pos but it wont let me on mobile 😊

TVC15
February 24th 2020


10857 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

Thanks y'all!



@parks I don't have a lot of nostalgia attached to The Crow since I didn't really grow up with it, but I've always liked it. It's unapologetically 90's but in a charming way and plenty of action that keeps it interesting.

parksungjoon
February 24th 2020


33733 Comments


yea the original seems like one of those fun cult films that i should get around to some day

BigHans
February 24th 2020


30957 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

I bought this CD when it came out because the first one was so legendary. Its pretty much trash.

onionbubs
February 24th 2020


13380 Comments


goood shit my dude didnt know there was a second crow lol

j heard the deftones song on it and its bad as fuck. bush covering joy division sounds like a nightmare

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Dewinged
Staff Reviewer
February 25th 2020


24907 Comments


The first Crow ost is a fucking classic. This? I didn't even know it existed, and it seems it will stay that way.

Happy to see you writing though, TVC.

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parksungjoon
February 25th 2020


33733 Comments


who tf negged



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