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M:i-2 : Music From And Inspired By (2000 Film)

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This is quite an impressive list of today’s modern rock heroes. Limp Bizkit incorporate a sci-fi space groove into their patented rap-metal and deliver the Mission: Impossible 2 theme, ”Take a Look Around.” Former Soundgarden singer Chris Cornell contributes the Led Zeppelin-influenced ”Mission 2000.” Pink Floyd’s 1975 anti-record industry classic ”Have a Cigar” is replicated and then augmented with hard-rock screams and heavy-metal guitars by the Foo Fighters and former Queen guitarist Brian May. Tori Amos’s atmospheric ”Carnival” nicely complements the straightforward hard rock of Buckcherry. Powderfinger’s ”Not My Kinda Scene” captures a lazy desert vibe, while Biff Butler navigates the generic industrial-metal wasteland with his band, Apartment 26. For over-the-top mayhem, Rob Zombie’s got the market cornered with the sonically impressive ”Scum of the Earth.” And there’s even the rarely-heard-from-these-days Butthole Surfers coming back with the restrained (for them) ”They Came In.” –Rob O’Connor

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  • I am a real fan of Hans Zimmer’s work, so I automatically bought the soundtrack. Only to find that the CD contained anything but the musical themes from the film. To be fair, the fine print does read “inspired” by the film. Had they released two CDs, one for the marketing boys (the bunch of mostly unrelated tracks they did release), and a second CD of the actual soundtrack, as has occured with many other films, I wouldn’t mind, the former being just another example of new millenium merchandising reality. I can only hope the second CD is released sometime soon as the actual soundtrack deserves to be heard in its own right.

    Posted on January 14, 2010 - Permalink - Buy Now
  • The very beginning scene had a remake of “Iko Iko” that was very well done. After the movie I checked out the soundtrack only to find that the song is not there. Luckily I was able to find it on mp3, it’s done by Zap Mama and is worth checking out.

    Posted on January 13, 2010 - Permalink - Buy Now
  • This is the best soundtrack that i’ve heard since The Matrix. Metallica’s “I Disappear” is an awesome song(I’m a big fan of Metallica) and Uncle Kracker with Kid Rock is really cool, but in my opinion, Limp Bizkit’s “Take A Look Around” was the best track on this CD. This CD is a crowd-pleaser, unlike the soundtrack to The Crow: Salvation.The Crow: Salvation had some truly awesome bands, i.e. Kid Rock, Rob Zombie, etc. but all the songs were remakes or remixes or just plain un-origional songwriting. But not Mission:Impossible 2. After this soundtrack, I am ready to see this probably-awesome movie. The film stars Tom Cruise and is directed by John Woo, who directed Face/Off, Broken Arrow, and The Replacement Killers. Enjoy this soundtrack, you won’t be disappointed!

    Posted on January 13, 2010 - Permalink - Buy Now
  • I noticed someone in an earlier review gave this CD a very disparaging review simply because it was not the score.That’s exactly what it’s not. It’s the soundtrack, not the score. The score *is* being produced, and *will* be out soon.There’s a difference, you must realize, and this CD is a good one by itself… Don’t judge it just because it’s not the score.

    Posted on January 13, 2010 - Permalink - Buy Now
  • Recently, we’ve seen quality soundtracks for Scream 3, TheCrow: Salvation, Heavy Metal 2000 and many others. The soundtrack forM:I-2 is no exception. The headliners on this album deliver with great results. Limp Bizkit’s “Take A Look Around” is one of the most sophisticated songs they’ve ever done, and it gives Fred Durst an opportunity to shoot back at his critics. The chaotic, frenzied remix of Chris Cornell’s “Mission” (re-titled “Mission 2000″) is an intriguing stand-out. Another intriguing addition to this disc is the Foo Fighters’ cover of Pink Floyd’s “Have a Cigar” with drummer Taylor Hawkins on vocals. They add a bit of adrenaline to it for some splendid results. Buckcherry’s “Alone” and Godsmack’s “Going Down” easily dwarf the material on both bands’ albums. One of the best tracks on this album is Rob Zombie’s thundering “Scum of the Earth.” It’s great to see that he didn’t offer yet another remix of something from Hellbilly Deluxe. Metal gods Metallica offer the excellent “I Disappear.” While the song won’t dispel any notion that they’ve gone alternative, it supports the argument that they do it better than anyone else. Oddly, Tori Amos is on this disc. I don’t like her all that much (I enjoy Sarah McLachlan much more), but her song “Carnival” is a cool mix of sweet vocals and trippy electronica. The lesser known bands don’t fare quite as well. Only Powderfinger’s mellow “My Kinda Scene” and Apartment 26’s rollicking “Backwards” succeed in carving out a unique identity for these two bands. The Pimps’ “Rocket Science” is a blatant, pathetic attempt to cash in on rap-metal’s current popularity. For a Kid Rock song, “What U Lookin’ At” is pretty good, but the name on the CD and the booklet is Uncle Kracker (but the CD and the booklet also say it was produced by Rock). He sounds exactly like Kid Rock, lyrics, style, voice and all. If it’s not Kid Rock, then it’s completely derivative, if it is him, it’s not bad. Diffuser’s “Karma” and Tinfed’s “Immune” are decent songs, but they don’t present anything new or unique. For the most part, the soundtrack for M:I-2 delivers a great collection of hard rock and metal. Buy it. Now.

    Posted on January 13, 2010 - Permalink - Buy Now