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The Amazing Spider-Man 2 (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)

Exciting score has electro feel, plus some catchy pop songs.

What parents need to know

Positive messages

This mostly instrumental album has a few songs with lyrics that refer to the need for a "hero" in a tumultuous world -- and the strength and sacrifice it takes to be a hero. The Neighbourhood song "Honest" has lyrics about harnessing your strength, being yourself, and embracing change -- certainly positive messages for listeners of any ages.

Positive role models

There's a positive role model in your friendly neighborhood Spider-Man! The Pharrell track "Here" and Alicia Keys/Kendrick Lamar song '"It's On Again" herald specific qualifications of a hero -- such as perseverance, sacrifice, and bravery.

 

Violence

There are references to fighting on a few songs. The Alicia Keys/Kendrick Lamar song "It's On Again" is essentially about the personal sacrifice and alienation a "hero" faces to fight a mighty adversary; lyrics about "David and Goliath," "a freedom fighter," and "battle wounds" evoke scenes of strife and perseverance. On the LIZ track "That's My Man," she sings "Saving your girl, it's a task, so kick his ass." The Phosphorescent track "Song for Zula" has some violent imagery as it relates to the clutches of love; lyrics include "And I could kill you with my bare hands if I was free." 

Sex

There are some light references to love and romance, with slightly evocative imagery in a few songs, like feeling "electrified" and "out of breath" in "That's My Man."

Language

"That's My Man" by LIZ has the word "ass" in the hook, referring to the hero needing to "kick his ass."

Consumerism

This is the soundtrack to a film in the massive Spider-Man franchise.

Drinking, drugs, & smoking
Not applicable

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know The Amazing Spider-Man 2 (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack) is a tense, thrilling, and epic companion to the superhero movie of the same name. The mostly instrumental score is paired with a handful of radio-ready pop songs that play on the familiar theme of the hero rescuing the damsel in distress.

What's the story?

THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN 2 (ORIGINAL MOTION PICTURE SOUNDTRACK) is the companion album to the latest entry in Marvel's seemingly endless Spider-Man movie franchise. For the score, prolific and beloved composer Hans Zimmer formed an eclectic group of contributors, dubbed the Magnificent Six, that included Pharrell, Johnny Marr (from The Smiths and Modest Mouse), Michael Einziger (from alt-rock outfit Incubus), and dubstep producer Junkie XL. In addition to the mostly instrumental suites that are featured throughout the film, the album also includes six pop songs by stars like Alicia Keys, Kendrick Lamar, The Neighbourhood, and indie folk-rocker Phosphorescent.

Is it any good?

QUALITY

The score itself is fresh and action-packed, successfully incorporating hardcore electro breakdowns and dubstep drops into rich and engaging orchestral pieces. While Zimmer's controlling hand is clearly visible, it's also apparent that other talented and diverse artists contributed to the sound and composition, giving it a modern feeling that matches the sleek and futuristic aesthetic of the movie. The pop songs at the end of the album are obviously geared towards radio play, but that doesn't take away from the fact that they're catchy tunes by an exciting and diverse collection artists, including the haunting drone of indie rockers The Neighbourhood and Phosphorescent, the playful and soulful anthem "That's My Man" by rising star LIZ, and the sweet ballad "Here" by Top 40 king, Pharrell Williams.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about the influx of electronic sounds and styles into film scores. What do you think of more traditional composers like Hans Zimmer incorporating elements of electro and dubstep into their orchestral arrangements?

  • Why do you think film studios often enlist pop stars to produce songs for the soundtrack, even if they aren't used in the film or only during the credits?

  • Super-producer Pharrell has worked with a wide variety of artists in the past year and throughout his career. How have his various collaborations helped him gain more exposure?

Music details

Artist:Various Artists
Release date:April 14, 2014
Type:Album
Label:Columbia
Genre:Soundtrack
Topics:Superheroes, Adventures
Parental advisory:No
Edited version available:No

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Teen, 13 years old Written byjohnstewart August 20, 2014

i dont think kids should be listening to dubstep

(most of these songs are dubstep) but that's just my opinion. LOVE THIS SOUNDTRACK
Adult Written byclarence August 6, 2015