CD Reviews - July 1996

Peter Gabriel

I originally bought this after hearing "In your eyes". I just couldn't get enough of that song. Sure, I'd heard "Big TIme" and "Sledgehammer" on the radio alot before, but those songs just to work unless you hear them with the rest of the album. Gabriel has a penchant for powerful lyrics, and here he managed to thorugh some outward environmentalism, pure love, slef-esteem building and more all in one. "Don't give up" could just about make it on a church youth CD. It's an excellent song about keeping going even when the going gets really tough and it seems like there is no more hope left. Even "Sledgehammer" and "Big Time" eventually grow on you.

Mission: Impossible
Music from and inspired by the motion picture

This would have been much better if they would have left off the 'inspired by' part. The three excerpts from the Danny Elfman score are great action-adventure musical faire. U2 also performs will in their version of the theme to Mission: Impossibe, and the Cranberries' Dream just sounds like something you'd hear sitting down at a bar after doing something important. The rest of the songs are very forgettable. I guess drawing your inspiration from a second rate movie gives you second rate music.

Mysterious Ways: CD Single

Mysterious Ways is a song so good, it's almost impossible to go wrong. The ethereal remixes on the single add a nice mysteriuos edge to the song, while the Solar Plexus mix gives it a nice powerful, danceable feel (very similar to what they played in concert.)

Independence Day
Soundtrack by David Arnold

I was afraid they'd pull something like they did for Mission: Impossible with this one. (ID4 did have REM's great "It's the end of the world as we know it (and I feel fine)" along with another song, so it might have been possible.) Luckily, they gave us the actual score. This is the first David Arnold score, and it's a good one. He seems to be influenced by the great John William's Star Wars adventure scores. Thus he delivers a quality action score with a touch of space and patriotism, along with a reurring theme that I even found myself humming as I was leaving the theatre.

Roll the Bones

Roll the Bones is a fatalistic classic from the 90s. Rush go all out, even experimenting with RAP on the title song. It's just goofy enough to work. "You bet Your Life" has the great background line: "anarchist reactionary running-dog revisionist; hindu muslim catholic creation/evolutionist; rational romantic mystic cynical idealist; minimal expressionist post-modern neo- symbolist...." On "Heresy" they mone about "all those precious wated years Who will pay?"On Dreamline, they ponder being "only immortal for a limited time" All through, it keeps with the basic theme of taking chances. Is it fate or is it a metter of your decisions, or is it a mixture of both? You are left to think. To be sure, Rush has added some of their most listenable music, complete with a great instrumental piece.

Police, The
Every Breath You Take: The Classics

Wow! They've relreleased a new 'digiatlly remastered' version of the classic police songs. Finally we get the original version of "Don't Stand So Close To Me" (But just in case you got hooked on the remix, that's here too) Also, one other new mix is included. Otherwise its the same as the previous greatest hits release. The cover is also redone, and this time around its much more readable thatn the strange yellow, red, and black mix. As for the music, its's the classic police stuff. Starting from the hollow "roxanne", it progresses up through "don't stand so close to me", "King of Pain", and "every breath you take". If you like Sting or the Police, this is a must have. Through the 14 tracks, you can here the evolution of this key 80s band.


Like the movie, the soundtrack opens with the Muffs' great "Kids in America" Quickly afterwards, it mellows out with "The Ghost In You" by Counting Crows and "Fake Plastic Trees" by Radiohead, with the teen anthem, "All the Young Dudes" by World Party and a few other forgetable songs in between. After a little more progress, we pass by a really awful Bestie Boys song, and a ska party piece "Where'd You Go?" by the Mighty Mighty Bosstones. Surpergrass contributes their neuveaux-Beatle, very British sounding "Alright" (Why on earth was this video included at the end of the Clueless video - these have to be some of the ugliest guys in music.) The Cd ends with Jill Sobule's "Supermodel", another great materialistic anthem. This soundtrack works best with the music. The songs echo the 90s 'pseudo-deep' hollow materialism. They songs that work the best are the ones that realize that they are nothing more than hollow teen fodder, like the first and last songs. Whent hey try to get serious they just bog done with fakeness as you realize they're not antything near it.