Album: Stealth: Soundtrack
Street Date: July 12, 2005
Reviewed by: Kristen
The Stealth soundtrack is basically a compilation of modern rock songs, with a bit of soul and electronica sometimes infused in. With a whopping four Incubus songs on this album, it's a good buy for an Incubus fan, but aside from the Trading Yesterday track, this album is mediocre, at best. Despite that, there are a few other good tracks on here.
1. "Make a Move"- Incubus - The album's starter is, of course, a single from the soundtrack's most frequented artist: Incubus. "Make a Move," is a fast paced rocker, which has a killer riff throughout the song and brilliant vocals by Brandon Boyd. Definitely a good choice for the album.
2. "Admiration"- Incubus - More of a moody number, "Admiration" is Incubus's second song on the album, and my personal favorite. It has more of groove to it, and strings as well. The lyrics and vocals are also great here, with Boyd never missing a beat.
3. "Neither of Us Can See"- Incubus - Chrissie Hynde of The Pretenders appears as a guest vocalist in this song, and that's really the highlight of it. Although instrumentally the song is nicely arranged, the two vocalists don't really blend well together. And with that, they almost clash during certain parts of the song. While I do enjoy this song a bit, the clash just turns me off this one.
4. "(She Can) Do That" (Feat. BT)-David Bowie - Rock legend David Bowie makes an appearance with a catchy electronica-type number. The electronica vibe, I'm sure, is brought to this number by BT, but it somehow works. With Bowie's distinctive voice and the beat, this song has potential, in my opinion, to be a club hit. Although, the repetitive lyrics might start to annoy one with repeated listens, I'd still recommend at least giving this song a try.
5. "Dance to the Music" (Feat. will.i.am)-Sly and the Family Stone - Surprisingly, one of my favorite tracks off this CD. Will.i.am from the Black Eyed Peas guest vocals on this song, and it works extremely well. With the soul, funk, and hip-hop elements infused in this song, it's definitely a standout track.
6. "Bullet Proof Skin"- Institute - This band is your average modern rock band, but they are kind of good, and deserve a listen. The vocals by former Bush frontman Gavin Rossdale are a bit impressive, and the song itself is catchy. Stealth director Rob Cohen used a solo song by Gavin called "Adrenaline" in his last movie xXx, so it was fitting for the debut of Gavin's new band Institute to be on this soundtrack.
7. "(L.S.F.) Lost Souls Forever"- Kasabian - This song might remind one, at least vocally, of the band Cornershop. This British quartet really is not original, and this track would be the one I'd recommend avoiding from the Stealth soundtrack.
8. "Bug Eyes"- Dredg - One of the catchier songs from the album, even though it is very much your typical modern rock song. Instrumentally, this band reminds me of Trapt, which is a positive, in my mind.
9. "Over My Head (Cable Car)"-The Fray - Part of Denver, Colorado's rock scene, The Fray delivers an impressive rock number here. It's a bit on the softer side, but with piano thrown in among the guitars and soft, while rough around the edges, vocals, this song should break this band.
10. "One Day"- Trading Yesterday - Easily the best number from this soundtrack, "One Day" is the first official appearance of the band Trading Yesterday. David Hodges, formerly of the mega-successful Evanescence, leads this band. From an earlier version of this song, a new bridge, and different background vocals were added. Epic has a future major success here, with Trading Yesterday, with perfect vocals, inspiring lyrics and a variety of instruments (including strings, which doesn't come as a surprise, seeing that Hodges' arranged the strings on Evanescence's debut Fallen), "One Day" (which, will be a single for Trading Yesterday), is easily, as I said, the best track from this album.
11. "Different"- Acceptance - Another quality track, "Different" is another track from here that has single potential. Vocally this song is one of the standouts on the album, and instrumentally it's creative, although not using anything other than piano, guitars, bass, and drums.
12. "Nights in White Satin" (feat. Chad Smith)-Glenn Hughes - A cover of The Moody Blues' "Nights in White Satin," this song does not do the original justice at all. But, the problem here are not the instruments, which include the drums played quite well by Chad Smith of the Red Hot Chili Peppers and guitar masterfully played by John Frusciante also from RHCP, it's the vocal. The vocal is just a mess, and does nothing for this song.
13. "Aqueous Transmission"- Incubus - A track from Incubus's 2001 album Morning View, "Aqueous Transmission" is a groovy, heavily instrumental track that is a nice ending to the soundtrack. While I can't see where this song could possibly fit in the movie, I'm assuming it was just filler for the album; it's still a very fun addition.
If you're a fan of modern rock music, mainly Incubus, the Stealth soundtrack is for you, but if not, just steer clear of it. I rated it generously, because I absolutely adore a few songs on here and I think it was definitely worth buying.
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