I was more disappointed in this newer soundtrack than the previous one which had 2 discs(the new songs on the 2nd disc). Many of the bands failed to capture the feeling of the original songs, and ended up ruining these classics.
DeVotchKa – Overture: I’m not even sure what they tried to do with this one..Sounds more like this was being played at a Mexican party.
Danny Elfman – Opening: This is more true to the classic opening, even though it’s not the same narrator as the movie, and he says more than the original narrator.
Marilyn Manson – This Is Halloween: Manson actually did a pretty good job in his version of this piece.
The All-American Rejects – Jack’s Lament: I like this band, but they did a terrible job on this song
Amiina – Doctor Finkelstein/In the Forest: This piece is just odd..It’s not that bad, though. It’s somewhat eerie. Reminds me of Edward Scissorhands a bit.
Flyleaf – What’s This?: They slaughtered this song. It has no feeling similar to the original.
The Polyphonic Spree – Town Meeting Song: Reminds me of Rob Dougan when the man sings(he doesn’t really fit the feeling of the song), but it is interesting when the girls sing.
The Vitamin String Quartet – Jack and Sally Montage: This was actually a nice piece to listen to.
Sparklehorse – Jack’s Obsession: This one shouldn’t be in the soundtrack at all..There’s almost no talent or any real feeling in it at all.
Korn – Kidnap the Sandy Claws: This was an interesting piece to listen to, not too bad
Rise Against – Making Christmas: This song was pretty cool – it has a nice beat and most of the vocals are nice.
Yoshida Brothers – Nabbed: I’m not sure why this is in the soundtrack. It doesn’t sound like anything that I’ve heard from the movie before.
Rodrigo y Gabriela – Oogie Boogie’s Song: Another Mexican-style piece.
Amy Lee – Sally’s Song: Lee’s good at singing anything that has a sad/slow rhythm. It’s a good piece for the soundtrack, enjoyable to listen to.
Montage Rjd2 – Christmas Eve: Another strange piece..Reminds me of Zombies Ate My Neighbors.
Plain White T’s – Poor Jack: Not too bad. At certain parts this one is really good.
Datarock – To the Rescue: Another strange piece..Some parts are almost like 70’s music.
Shiny Toy Guns – Finale/Reprise: Very creepy at the beginning, but pretty cool overall.
Danny Elfman – Closing: Not part of the movie, but interesting to listen to.
The Album Leaf – End Title: True to the original, enjoyable to listen to.