Fantastic Four (Los 4 Fantastico) / O.S.T.
Review Text The Fantastic Four soundtrack covers slightly more ground than the sets for summer 2004 blockbusters like Spider-Man 2, which were heavy on angry-guy rock. There's some hip-hop here, and representatives from pop-punk and adult alternative. The bulk is still post-grunge (the majority of it from the Wind-Up Records roster), but as the soundtrack to a summer blockbuster it's probably just trying to appeal to the widest audience. Velvet Revolver kicks things off with the Stone Temple Pilots-sounding "Come On, Come In," and Chingy drops rhymes about Dr. Doom in a Snoop-derived patois for "Relax." Joss Stone's "Whatever Happened to Heroes" follows the lead of her 2004 effort, Mind, Body & Soul, with a big, brassy chorus underpinned with smooth, modern pop. "New World Symphony" is one of Fantastic Four's more memorable tracks. It re-teams Israeli violin sensation Miri Ben-Ari with producer Kanye West, with whom she collaborated extensively on his acclaimed College Dropout LP. The cut also features Pharoahe Monch. The set also features a cover of Cheap Trick's "Surrender" by Simple Plan, Ben Moody teaming with Anastacia for the Evanescence-like "Everything Burns," and two songs from 2005 Wind-Up signee Megan McCauley, who also owes quite a bit to the sound and style of Evanescence. ~ Johnny Loftus