It has been my experience that most soundtracks for movies
manage to fall into one of three catagories: 1) symphony pieces,
2) a collection of currently popular rock and pop songs, or
3) the rare album that actually features new music written
specifically for the movie. For this album, Jonathon Davis
(vocalist for Korn) wrote a number of original tracks
for the movie which fall in line with a more progressive,
goth-lite musical feel. For the film, he also provided the
signing voice of Lestat, but due to contractual problems,
he could not perform for the album, so he recruited other
vocalists to perform the tracks for him.
While the guest vocalists (including Wayne Static, Marilyn
Manson, Chester Bennington and David Draiman) manage to do
a good job, the songs don't feel the same as they did in the
movie. A few of vocalists seem to try and mimic Davis' style
of vocals, while others, like Manson, don't even bother and
turn the song into something more their own. Musically, the
original tracks are good, but the lack of Davis' vocals seems
to take away from what worked during the body of the film.
Along with the original tracks are a group of songs from
other bands (Deftones, Static-X, Papa Roach)
which have previously shown up on the band's own albums. Each
are well written in their own right, but when added to this
soundtrack, feel like filler. If you have any of the albums
by these bands, their tracks will feel throw-away as you proceed
onto the next track.
I will say that this soundtrack worked when it was in the
body of the film. It felt appropriate and well planned and
the songs by Davis were good in their own right. Even the
tracks from other bands seemed to fit, but the soundtrack
on it's own seems soulless as the strength of the movie, Davis'
vocals in the original tracks have been made legally absent.
Unless you've never bought any albums in the rock/goth genre
and you loved what you heard in the movie, I'd have to say
that you should pass on this.