A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this music.
What parents need to know
Parents need to know that this Spidey soundtrack is a mix of both moody and spirited tracks from a lineup of kids' favorite indie rockers -- including The Flaming Lips, Snow Patrol, and The Killers. There's nothing overly violent or sexual here, but one track does have some sexual connotations ("She's gonna put you on her mound"), which will probably go right over the heads of younger kids. Note: The soundtrack contains music "from and inspired by," suggesting that not all of the tracks on the album are in the movie itself.
What's the story?
Apparently Spidey's discovery of his dark side coincides with the discovery of his indie side. The SPIDER-MAN 3 compilation opens with an earnest ballad from Snow Patrol, "Signal Fire." You'll also find a high-energy track from The Killers ("Move Away"); a raucous offering from Wolfmother ("Pleased to Meet You"); and some more pensive, acoustic stuff like The Walkmen's "Red River." Things lighten up with the charming little ditty "Summer Day" -- a duet between actor Jason Schwartzman and heroine Kirsten Dunst, who can actually sing.
Is it any good?
Apart from Chubby Checker's "The Twist," the Spider-Man 3soundtrack features all-new offerings recorded specifically for the film from some of indie's hottest acts. By far the most anticipated track has to be The Flaming Lips' "The Supreme Being Teaches Spider-Man How to Be in Love." This melancholy tender song with its quirky title is one of the album's most appealing, and perfectly captures the superhero's struggles. While the many tracks on this CD can be a bit of a hodge-podge combo at times, there's definitely something reflecting all the movie's moods -- from mayhem to maudlin.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about how the tracks on this soundtrack are different than the first two Spider-Man soundtracks. Families can also discuss how the chosen tracks convey the movie's central themes -- the conflict between good and evil -- and the challenges Peter Parker faces as he battles with his black goo-induced character changes.
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