For those of you who know about this Spiderman musical then you'd probably be aware that "Spider-Man: Turn off the Dark" has finally opened in the U.S. after a tumultuous preview period and endless tinkering. So what's the fuss all about? Well I'll tell you what, it just involves the score of the musical being done by U2's Bono and The Edge.
I know what you're thinking, you take one look at the album cover and include the info about the score being composed by Bono and The Edge and you're unsure how this is a musical exactly. I mean shouldn't it be labeled "Original Broadway cast recording"? That's usually the case for musicals right? Well the soundtrack does document the performances of stars Reeve Carney, Jennifer Damiano, and Patrick Page, my favorite of which being "Rise Above 2" which is just so haunting in the way it's sung. It blends very nicely into the Spiderman theme that his powers are a gift and a curse.
Like all soundtracks, it serves as a preview to the movie (hence it's released earlier) and at the same time to set the tone and mood of the movie so you can more or less get a feel of how this musical will be like by listening to it's soundtrack.
With the track listing, the plot comes across pretty easily and it's basically the Spider-Man origin story, with the Green Goblin as the show's villain, just like the first Spiderman movie. The atmosphere is also somewhat like the first movie with a rock approach (well it's Bono after all) combined with Carney's adept rocker voice helping them soar.
There is a great U2 sound in "NY Debut (Instrumental)". The first part of the song is reminiscent of U2's "Pride (In The Name Of Love)" sound, "Boy Falls From The Sky" (great guitar, featuring Reeve Carney) & "Picture This" (great melody & vocals by Bono). "Turn Off The Dark" is a stand out track and works as a well fitting closing title track.
My personal picks are are "Rise Above 1" which features Reeve Carney singing the chorus while Bono handles the verses, brilliant mix of talent of both a veteran and a new young hero of music so to speak. "Rise Above 2" is kind of like the side B of this tune which like I mentioned earlier is a haunting reminder of Spiderman's view of his duty as a hero.
I'm very sure anyone would appreciate the music more after watching the Broadway musical, I wish it would come to Singapore because I'd definitely go. On overall, this is a good CD release, a recommended CD listening & a must for Spider-man & U2 fans.
Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
Perhaps Bono and The Edge might consider being the sound of "The Amazing Spiderman" reboot due out in 2012.
Music from Spider-Man: Turn off the dark is out in stores
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