Featuring new music from Platinum and Gold recording artists Velvet Revolver, Joss Stone, Ben Moody featuring Anastacia, Sum 41, Taking Back Sunday, Chingy, and much more.
There are four good reasons to pick up the Fantastic Four
soundtrack. The first three are kinda buried in the middle of the CD--and they all happen to be new songs. First, there's "I'll Take You Down," a nifty rocker by a combo called T.F.F. Never heard of them? They're an ad hoc supergroup featuring the Distillers' banshee Brody Dalle, Yeah Yeah Yeahs'
guitarist Nick Zinner, the Datsuns'
singer-bassist Dolf de Datsun, and Jet's drummer Chris Cester. Second, Joss Stone's "Whatever Happened to the Heroes" is a lot better than its obvious title suggests; it's a rollicking, old-school rock-soul track namedropping Joe DiMaggio (a hero in Stone's native Devon?) and Marilyn Monroe. Finally, there's "Everything Burns," which sees former Evanescence guitarist Ben Moody collaborating with Anastacia
on his first solo outing. It looks like an odd-couple combination but somehow it works--probably because Moody knows how to write bombastic power ballads. (It's certainly less icky than "Hero" from Spiderman.
) The fourth good reason is the very last track: "Kirikirimai" is a hyperactive rock/hip-hop hybrid that introduces Japanese band Orange Range to the American market. The rest of the CD, which mixes new tunes and recycled ones, is surprisingly solid with muscular but melodic contributions from Velvet Revolver, Sum 41, Simple Plan, and Lloyd Banks's infectious "On Fire." Just try to get its organ riff out of your head. --Elisabeth Vincentelli