"Batman Arkham City — The Album" Featuring Coheed and Cambria, Panic! at the Disco, Daughtry, Serj Tankian, Crosses, and More — 4.5 out of 5 stars
Fri, 16 Sep 2011 10:15:20
Panic! At the Disco Photos
Panic! At the Disco Videos
"The strange will walk alone," laments Coheed and Cambria singer Claudio Sanchez at the beginning of "Deranged," the band's contribution to Batman Arkham City — The Album.
The line itself could be referencing Coheed's singular path as 21st century prog rock torchbearers or it could be nodding to Bruce Wayne's journey from a lonely lost boy into one of the most important heroes ever. Either way, it's a powerful, poignant, and poetic line from Sanchez, and it makes for one of the best songs of Coheed's illustrious career. There's an elegant haze rising from the guitar that shimmers alongside Sanchez's impassioned delivery. "We will burn this city down," he declares. The chorus is so incendiary he wouldn't even need a match.
"Deranged" is one of many standouts on Batman: Arkham City - The Album, the soundtrack to one of the most anticipated video games of 2011. In groundbreaking fashion, the album features songs all inspired by the Batman universe. This collection drops on October 4th, while the game hits shelves October 18th. Panic! at the Disco's "Mercenary" is an eerie exercise in alt rock theatrics complete a guitar swing and massive refrain about "collateral damage". It would've fit Tim Burton's original Batman or Christopher Nolan's The Dark Knight. During "The Years", Crosses strikes the perfect balance between The Cure's hazy rock hypnosis and a calculated modern glitch-infused doom-saying. Chino Moreno sounds utterly pristine as keyboards resound, bleeding out with him.
Blaqk Audio's "After Dark" is pop goth from the king of the genre, Mr. Davey Havok. The Danny Elfman influence filters through the electronics. There's a swaggering, beer-swilling stomp driving "Trophy Widow" from The Damned Things. It's as fun as it is fiery, and you can practically picture the Batmobile storming Gotham City's streets with this thrash fueling it.
Daughtry's "Drown In You" is an entrancing rock 'n' roll elegy that showcases Chris's darker side, illuminating how diverse and daring he truly can be. Of course, the chorus reaches heavenly heights, and that's why it works so well.
Serj Tankian's "Total Paranoia" is a horrific look at madness that could've been sung by Heath Ledger's Joker. Ultimately, this is the best soundtrack you'll hear all year rivaling even those of big budget films. There are going to be a lot of people walking along with the strange…
P.S. Here's a taste of Black Rebel Motorcycle Club's "Shadow On The Run":
Black Rebel Motorcycle Club - Shadow On The Run by WaterTowerMusic
Will you be purchasing Batman Arkham City — The Album?