WATCHMEN - Motion Picture Soundtrack

The unconventional nature of this long-anticipated comic book adaptation also spawned an unexpected soundtrack when it came to the choice of songs. Unfortunately this release does not feature the incidental music created by Tyler Bates, but rather time-defining tunes from a range of musicians and singers across the decades, reflecting the movie’s alternate history pattern. The only modern rock flavour comes from My Chemical Romance with a punky rendition of Bob Dylan’s Desolation Row, while the man does his own version of his seminal cut The Times They Are A Changing, and Jimi Hendrix’s definitive version of Dylan’s All Along The Watchtower also get a slot.
In addition to easy listening classics from Nat King Cole, Billie Holiday and Nina Simone, there are somber yet unforgettable cuts from Simon & Garfunkel, and Leonard Cohen, as well as Janis Joplin’s acoustic rendition of Kris Kristofferson’s Me And Bobby McGee. The groovy disco flavours of KC & The Sunshine Band is countered with the moody orchestral inclusions of the passionate Budapest Symphony Orchestra, and the hypnotically brilliant Philip Glass Ensemble (which I’m sure was also used in the amazing documentary Koyaanisqatsi).

6 / A
Paul Blom

0 1 2 3 4 5 6
- A
- B
- C

6 - Volcanic
5 - Blistering
4 - Hot
3 - Smolder
2 - Room Temp.
1 - Fizzled
0 - Extinguished

A:Multiple Listening Potential
B:Deserves Another Spin
C:Once Should Suffice

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