music reviews
This Month's Featured Equipment Reviews
ZenWave Cables and SurgeX ZenWave Edition Review
REDGUM BLACK RGi35ENR Integrated Amplifier Review
Linear Tube Audio MicroZOTL 2.0 Headphone Amp & Preamp Review
iFi Micro iUSB 3.0 & Gemini USB Cable Reviews
Marantz M-CR611 Network CD Receiver Review
10 Most Recent Music Disc Reviews:
Latest AV News
Music Software Forum Topics:
Most Popular Music Disc Reviews
Past Music Software News
 
Various Artists - "xXx" Soundtrack  Print E-mail
Music Disc Reviews Audio CD
Written by Dan MacIntosh   
Tuesday, 06 August 2002


artist:
XXX

album:
Music From And Inspired By The Motion Picture
format: CD
label: Universal Records
release year: 2002
performance: 7
sound 7
reviewed by: Dan MacIntosh

If you’re young, restless, angry, horny and hip, this music, inspired by the motion picture “XXX,” will give you more than enough wick to burn the candle of your vanishing youth at both ends. It’s divided into two CDs: One is comprised of hard rock, with just a taste of techno; the other is almost completely hip-hop. It’s a release that attacks various modern music varieties with an extreme sports-like intensity.



Disc One opens with a little of Rammstein’s bully pulpit angst rock, and “Feuer Frei” sets the mood by sounding just like Hitler performing at an Ozzfest. [Be forewarned, by the way, that some of this album’s hard rock experiments fare better than others.] So while “The Vienna XXX Mix” of Drowning Pool’s “Bodies” gives it a little more momentum than its original version had, “I Will Be Heard” by Hatebreed sounds like those “My brain hurts” characters on the old British Monty Python program, leaving it unintentionally funny. Queens Of The Stone Age’s boogie rock -- propelling the brief “Millionaire” -- offers one of the project’s welcome lighter moments. Mushroomhead’s “Before I Die” is an angry blast of punk-inspired metal, and “Get Up Again” by Flaw has surprisingly clear and melodic lead vocals. And as they might say at a liquor store, there’s your aisle of hard stuff.

The second half of Disc One tones down the groaning guitars, and replaces them primarily with techno-driving keyboards and much fewer angry axes. Moby’s “Landing” features breathy female vocals, whereas Gavin Rossdale’s “Adrenaline” -- on break from Bush -- is a song where Glen Ballard’s production techniques have the singer out from under his usual aggressive hard rock element, nicely placed into a chime-y guitar mood that’s quite close to U2 territory. Fermin IV’s “004” is Spanish language rap, which may be why it was included on this, the album’s island of (mostly) misfit tracks, instead of along side the full-blown rap attack of Disc Two. “Technologicque Park” by Orbital closes the first CD with an almost orchestral feel.

The second CD in this set is mostly a collection of self-centered raps. It carries with it an underlying mood of impending trouble. “Truth Or Dare” by N.E.R.D., featuring Kelis & Pusha T, is threatening, while “Are We Cuttin’,” which is by Pastor Troy featuring Ms. Jade, doesn’t sound like any pastor-ly advice I’ve ever heard. “Still Fly” by Big Tymers sounds like an off-key rendition of the “Gilligan’s Island” theme, only with quite un-“Island”-like lyrics, and “Connected For Life,” by Mack 10 Featuring Ice Cube, W.C. & Butch Cassidy, is an angry, semi-reggae offering.

The later half of Disc Two lightens the mood just slightly, and also varies tempos and musical approaches markedly. “Lights, Camera, Action! (Club Mix)” by Mr. Cheeks, featuring Missy Elliott & P. Diddy, relies upon melodic momentum rather than any angry words. “It’s Okay” by Postaboy, featuring Rashad, is a laid back rap, and on “Yo, Yo, Yo” by Dani Stevenson, an almost yodeled vocal provides its central focus over a semi-jazzy backing track. “Lick,” the album’s closer by Joi, is a naughty, semi-electro-boogie song that is more oral than aural. If Prince were actually a Princess instead, (s)he would sound right at home on this particular track.

This album is much like the movie that inspired it: an exercise in genre sampling, rather than one of daring originality. And just as this “new breed of secret agent” film won’t make your forget classic James Bond flicks, its soundtrack also won’t tempt you into trading in your full-length CDs from the artists represented here, either. But if nothing else, at least it provides a plentiful platter of various musical moods.








Like this article? Bookmark and share with any of the sites below.
Digg!Reddit!Del.icio.us!Google!StumbleUpon!Yahoo!Free social bookmarking plugins and extensions for Joomla! websites!
 

 
  home theater news  |  equipment reviews 
  blu-ray reviews  |  dvd  |  theatrical reviews  
  music download reviews  |  music disc reviews
  contact  |  about-us  |  careers   |  brands 
  RSS   |  AVRev Forums
  front page  |  virtual tours  |  dealer locator
  how to features  |   lifestyle & design articles
  Want Your Home Theater Featured on MHT?
   CE Partners: HDD  |  HDF  |  VGT  |  SD  |  DVD
   
  Advertise with Us | Specs | Disclaimer | Sponsors
  privacy policy | cookie policy | terms of use
  909 N. Sepulveda Blvd. El Segundo, CA 90245
  Ads: 310.280.4476 | Contact Us
  Content: 310.280.4575 | Mike Flacy