"Sucker Punch" Soundtrack Review – 4.5 out of 5 stars
Mon, 07 Mar 2011 17:24:41
A soundtrack album used to be like an event.
Films like The Crow became even deeper experiences for the audience by touting soundtracks rife with unreleased gems from marquee artists and tracks penned specifically for the screen itself. In fact, listeners were allowed to immerse themselves into the film even further by buying the music from the movie. Some films, like Last Action Hero and Judgment Night, became more well-known for their soundtracks than the actual on-screen action—well, there are few songs as amazing as Alice In Chains' "What The Hell Have I" from the former and Slayer and Ice-T's bullet-riddled collaboration "Disorder."
With rampant downloading and our "singles are all that matters" record biz mentality, few soundtracks carry that weight anymore. It's a sad thing too. This reviewer will never forget Korn's "Sean Olson" from The Crow: City of Angels or more recently Puscifer's "Rev 20:20" from Underworld…
Thankfully, Sucker Punch hearkens back to the good old days, and the film's soundtrack is not only one of the best soundtracks this year, it's also bound to be remembered as a classic. The film's star Emily Browning [Baby Doll] lends a noir-ish croon to Eurythmics "Sweet Dreams (Are Made Of This)" that could send a chill up Marilyn Manson's spine. Browning's take adds a lush darkness and vibrant vulnerability to the song reminiscent of Portishead's Beth Gibbons but with a flare all her own. The trip hop production below immediately sends listeners into the dreamscape of the film right before a riffed out "Sucker Punch" remix of Björk's "Army of Me" featuring Skunk Anansie repeatedly pummels via the psychedelic vocal delivery and careening, crushing guitars. Emiliana Torrini's take on "White Rabbit" proves equally haunting with a Middle Eastern-style outro guitar lead that evaporates into orchestral pomp.
Visionary Sucker Punch director Zack Snyder [Watchmen, 300] has his prints all over this. The way that Snyder manipulates colors, visuals, and cinematic intensity is similar to the mash-up of "We Will Rock You" and "I Want It All" featuring Queen and Armaggeddon aka "Geddy." Then Skunk Anansies' interpretation of "Search And Destroy" ravages and roars with a nearly feline ferocity.
The soundtrack's most intense moments also happen to be its most muted, namely the gorgeous translation of The Pixies' "Where Is My Mind?" from Yoav and Browning, and then Browning's deft, delicate delivery on "Asleep." Everything culminates quite fittingly with Carla Gugino and Oscar Isaac on Roxy Music's "Love Is The Drug."
This is the kind of soundtrack that needs to be listened to from front to back, and if it's any indication, the film is destined to be one of the most mind-blowing and magnificent screen event this year, perhaps even the decade.
Are you excited for the Sucker Punch soundtrack [Match 22, 2011] and film [March 25, 2011]?
Get the soundtrack here!