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The Matrix: Music From The Motion Picture Explicit Lyrics, Soundtrack

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If you're going to pitch a movie about cyber-revolutionaries to plugged-in audiences, you'd best mind your MP3s and BPMs when choosing soundtrack selections. The cynical wireheads who flock to such high-tech conspiracy flicks as Brazil and Hackers are thrillseekers of the highest caliber, and The Matrix soundtrack meets this challenge faster than a speeding cyborg. The opener, Marilyn Manson's anti-consumerism rant "Rock Is Dead," paints an aural portrait of urban decay. Ominous sirens permeate the Propellerheads' drum 'n' bass track "Spybreak!"; mournful piano alternates with hard shiny beats on Rob D's "Clubbed to Death"; and Meat Beat Manifesto fills "Prime Audio Soup" with enough bleeps to make one imagine being trapped inside a motherboard in Hell. It may sound dismal, but the friction permeating this compilation of techno, grindcore, and heavy metal is energizing enough to make fans of these genres feel the same unity as a clandestine community of hackers. --Kristy Ojala
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Product Details

  • Audio CD (March 30, 1999)
  • Original Release Date: March 30, 1999
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Explicit Lyrics, Soundtrack
  • Label: Maverick
  • Run Time: 136 minutes
  • ASIN: B00000IFW8
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (322 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #27,986 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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This soundtrack has quite a bit of significance for me. It's the album that converted me several months ago into becoming a big fan of heavy rock and techno music. I used to detest the stuff, but that might have been because I never gave it enough of a chance. But 'The Matrix' was (and still is) my favorite movie, so I decided to give this album a chance. "Rock is Dead" (which I first heard in one of 'The Matrix' commercials and liked without knowing it was Manson) is a very memorable song (especially the guitar parts in the beginning and after the refrain). My only problem is that I wish he hadn't cursed so much since that makes the song "socially unacceptable" to some people with whom I'd wish to share it. For a tolerant audience, however, it's a great song. "Spybreak" is just awesome; very groovy, with cool use of sounds and electronic instruments. "Bad Blood" isn't a bad song, but it's not one of my faves, either. I love "Clubbed to Death", though. It provides a striking contrast to the rest of the songs on the album, and indeed it contrasts with itself, bouncing between piano solo and a more rhythmic section with various electronic instruments and strings (this part is played in the movie during the Agent training program; y'know, the one with the Woman in the Red Dress). "Prime Audio Soup" has some cool parts (also using nifty sound effects), although I think they drag it out a little too long. I like "Leave You Far Behind", although all I can really say about it is that it's very techno. As for "Mindfields"...I like this song, too, although the lyrics are a little repetitive. (I'd classify most of Prodigy's songs as instrumentals that use words more as sound effects than lyrics, actually.Read more ›
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While I will admit that I wished there was more of the musical score (especially the bit when they're returning from seeing the Oracle), the "Soundtrack" is worth it just for Clubbed to Death. This is one of the few songs in the electronic/techno genre that actually manages a cohesive theme throughout the song. Sampling a classical piano song, Rob D manages to weave a spectacular piece. It recalls some of the better Orbital and Underworld songs.
After listening to the soundtrack, and then watching the movie again, I found that a good number of the tracks on the CD are not actually to be found in the movie. The ones you'll remember from the film, tracks 2,4 and 5, and a couple others, are enough to satisfy. Supplemented with the score, the two together would be a wonderful representation of the movie.
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This CD contains most of the music from "The Matrix", both songs and instrumentals, that was not written by Don Davis and considered part of the film's score. I say "most" because the song that Neo was listening to when we first see him, asleep next to his computer, is unfortunately not included. I would have preferred the music and score from "The Matrix" to be boxed together in a 2-CD set, but this CD does have merit on its own as a nice introduction to contemporary metal and techno. I hadn't listened to metal in a decade, and the Marilyn Manson, Ministry, Deftones, and Monster Magnet are a lot more polished and techno-influenced than I remember metal being. So this has been an enlightening introduction to modern metal for me. But the strongest pieces on this CD are the instrumentals. Propellerheads' "Spybreak!", which was used in "The Matrix's" mind-blowing lobby scene, more strongly evokes a scene from the film than any other piece of music. It's a brilliant techno romp that would energize even the most sedentary soul. Rob D's "Clubbed to Death" is also excellent, and, even on its own, creates that distinctly aggressive but focused mood that made it such great soundtrack material for "The Matrix". Even the songs by Rob Zombie, Prodigy and Hive are heavily instrumental. Truthfully, the first half of this CD is a lot better than the second half. But it's a worthy intro to modern sounds and an evocative soundtrack for fans of "The Matrix" to remember the movie by.
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I can only suggest those that liked the movie to get this soundtrack. It's soundtrack constantly reminds me of the "Hackers" soundtrack which I would advise getting if you like the techno parts of the CD. I spent countless hours with this CD on repeat in my car and it kept me from stressing out over traffic. Out of the three movies released I would suggest this one is the best and not getting the others.
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By A Customer on June 8, 1999
Format: Audio CD
I almost enjoyed this soundtrack more than the film, which was also entertaining despite the fact that I was expecting the typical Hollywood-violence. The soundtrack defies the current "grab-bag" mentality labels seem to be using to assemble soundtracks. I think the selection of songs and artists was a logical and brilliant one.
I believe that the "rock-meets-electronica" combination is effective here where it has failed so many other times. The remix of Rob Zombie's "Dragula" is a hyper-kinetic anthem washed in a blood bath of synthesizer effects that is both intoxicating and danceable. While "Du Hast" by Rammstein propels itself along with its razor-edged guitar riffs and computerized blips (in case anyone does not speak German, the song is about renouncing wedding vows). But the most pleasant surprise to me was the instrumental "Clubbed to Death" with its nimble piano, dark strings, and propulsive bass beats. This song is the "diamond in the rough."
Other highlights include older tunes from the Deftones (who I may now have to purchase - their song "My Own Summer" kicks hard) and the Prodigy's "Mindfields" from their TECHNOlogical breakthrough THE FAT OF THE LAND.
I recommend this soundtrack HIGHLY.
Kinetic. Aggressive. Dark.
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