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Matrix Reloaded - Soundtrack

Review: 152
Date: 31 Oct 03


Rating: 4 Stars

Musicians: n/a

Tracks Listing:
Disc One
Linkin Park - Session
Marilyn Manson - This Is The New ‘Stuff’
Rob Zombie - Reload
Rob Dougan - Furious Angels
Deftones - Lucky You
Teamsleep - The Passportal
P. O. D. - Sleeping Awake
Unloco - Bruises
Rage Against The Machine - Calm Like A Bomb
Oakenfold - Dread Rock
Fluke - Zion
Dave Matthews Band - When the World Ends (Oakenfold Remix)

Disc Two
Don Davis - Main Title
Don Davis - Trinity Dream
Juno Reactor Featuring Gocoo - Teahouse
Rob Dougan - Chateau
Juno Reactor and Don Davis - Mona Lisa Overdrive
Juno Reactor vs. Don Davis - Burly Brawl
Don Davis - ‘Matrix Reloaded’ Suite


“What if tomorrow this war could be over? Isn't that worth fighting for? Isn't that worth dying for?” Stirring stuff from the lips of Morpheus as he rallies the people before the final battle at the beginning of Matrix Reloaded.

‘Matrix Reloaded’ followed in the present trend of Hollywood movies, where the sequel is better than the original. (Although I must admit to the plot being a bit too confusing for my associates Lang Reid and Dear Hilary, both of whom had their feathers thoroughly ruffled in the confusion of who was what, and where and when, Hilary kept on swooning over Neo though.) Harry Potter's magical second movie certainly outstripped it's predecessor; the Lord of The Ring movies just get better and better; Charlie's Angels get sexier and sexier, and Terminator gets more rowdy by the minute. Perhaps the only one not managing to keep up with the trend is the Star Wars pre-quells, but then that was quite a hard act to follow. ‘Matrix Reloaded’ was a huge seminal step forward from the first movie, setting the bar even higher for the others to follow. The same can be said for the double C.D. collection that goes under the collective title 'Music from and Inspired by the Motion Picture'. Knocking the soundtrack from the previous movie into a cocked hat.

The music is split between the two discs into inspired by and actual soundtrack. The first coming under the various artist category and the second mainly coming from the pen of the wonderful Don Davis.

Opening song is ‘Session’ by 'Linkin Park', one of those bands that perhaps us old metal dogs have been a bit sniffy about in the past, because of their cross overuse of sampling and rap vocals. But this short little burst fits in very well here giving off just the right amount of vibes to set the Matrix groove, opening the door to the experience if you like. Certainly a band worth further inspection.

Next song has a lovely quiet beginning with tinkling keyboards before slamming in with an almighty ‘More' and a kick like Agent Smith X 20 smacking right into the pit of your stomach. The guitars slam and the vocals go from choirboy-like to full blooded roar. It is, of course, the magnificent new champion of shock/rock 'Marilyn Manson'. By the end of this song you are right back in the Matrix.

Marilyn Manson is the perfect artist to have on this collection with his song titled 'This Is The New ‘Stuff’'. (It's not actually called that, but the Pattaya Mail is after all a family newspaper. Hilary went all peculiar when she saw what the real title was).

Fitting in perfectly with all these new young artists is that old codger of heavy metal 'Rob Zombie', who lets go with both barrels on the third song of the opening trio on 'Reload', affected vocals and sledge hammer guitars. It is music that Morpheus would of approved of in his youth. (Do they have youth in Zion or are you just there?)

Things are then slowed way down for three relatively forgettable tracks by 'Rob Dougan' - 'Deftones' and 'Teamsleep'. Probably something for Trinity to relax to when she is not racing a motorbike the wrong way up the highway.

Things are brought back with a bang to a more hard-edged sound with a couple of songs from 'P. O. D.' and 'Unloco', before 'Rage Against The Machine' weigh in with a slab of ‘Calm Like A Bomb’. 'Oekenfold' gives us ‘Dreadrock’, which sounds like an outtake from a bad seventies disco movie and doesn't fit in at all well here.
'Fluke' then gives us ‘Zion’, which at least keeps the theme going. The remix version of 'Dave Matthews Band' ‘When The World Ends’ is appalling and would of been better left off the album.

As the albino twins said: “We are aggravated. Yes, we are.”

The second disc is pure class, the actual music written for the movie. Three pieces of music from Don Davis, two from the pen of Ben Watkins, and one co-written by the pair. Plus the pulsating ‘Chateau’ from Rob Dougan. This music lives and breathes Matrix.

The ‘Main Title’ sets the scene; ‘Trinity Dream’ is the stuff nightmares are made of; and ‘Teahouse’ is the music from the dance ritual in the movie, where Neo and Trinity get it on, while Link and Zee give it the Hoochie Choochie. (Let’s hope we get more of Zee in the future.) ‘Chateau’ has the heaviest bass line ever, almost knocking you out of your seat as Neo does his Superman thing. Then with over ten minutes of ‘Mona Lisa Overdrive’ you can almost feel the Keymaker hanging on for dear life as Trinity weaves through the oncoming traffic. The ‘Burly Brawl’ brings out the best of Neo as he battles two, twenty, two hundred Agent Smiths. Any Army marching to battle with this as their battle cry would turn into a bunch of berserkers.

Then to finish off the music is the ‘Matrix Reloaded Suite’, where Don Davis is able to bring all the threads that musically tie the Matrix together during its nearly 18-minute length. Very impressive it is too, bringing out all the best parts from the related music, sometimes slow, some times loud, but always dramatic. A very impressive way to end this collection of songs.

The second C.D. also includes extras that you can view on your computer.
We now wait with great anticipation for the third and concluding part of this trilogy Matrix Revolutions. The movie should be great. Let’s hope the soundtrack is too.


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