The Crow (Soundtrack): Tipstor® Pick

Summary: The film’s aura of death and gothic unease, moods that are brilliantly underscored by this well-chosen collection of stark alt rock, dark metal, and industrial dirges. The opener, the Cure’s typically angst-ridden “Burn,” is about as sentimental as this album gets, bookended by Jane Siberry’s wistful “It Can’t Rain All the Time.” Sandwiched in between is a virtual primer on powerful mid-1990s alt and industrial rock, from Nine Inch Nails hammering Joy Division’s “Dead Souls” into its own image to the blistering snarl of Helmet, Pantera, and the Rollins Band. So-called pop-song scores often have a cheap afterthought feel to them; this one, a refreshingly integral part of the film itself, stands as a great album in its own right.

Album: The Crow

Artist: Medicine, Rollins Band, Graeme Revell, Nine Inch Nails, The Cure

Label: Interscope Records

REVIEW

The only things certain in life are death, taxes, and 90s movie soundtracks peppered with brooding cover songs. The Crow was a prototype of the latter, filled with exceptional reinterpretations that would become the urtext of anti-authoritarian mall goths: Rollins Band pound out Suicide’s “Ghostrider,” Pantera rip up Poison Idea’s “The Badge,” Rage Against the Machine “reclaim” Zack de la Rocha’s former hardcore-punk band Inside Out, and we’re treated to maybe the only good Joy Division cover ever in Nine Inch Nails heart-racing “Dead Souls.” Think of this as the evil cousin of the Singles soundtrack, the underbelly of 90s music, the sound of electronic-industrial noise-rock. Though The Crow is now more of a slice of gothic lore than a memorable movie due to the accidental on-set death of its star, Brandon Lee, its grungy, gloomy cultural relevance owes a great deal to its music.

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