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In the outlandish dark comedy Super, James Gunn has created what is perhaps the definitive take on self-reflexive superheroes. When sad-sack loser Frank sees his ex-addict wife willingly snatched by a seductive drug dealer, he finds himself bereft and wholly unable to cope. But soon he decides to fight back under the guise of a DIY superhero called Crimson Bolt. With a hand-made suit, a wrench, and a crazed sidekick named Boltie, the Crimson Bolt beats his way through the mean streets of crime in hopes of saving his wife. The rules were written a long time ago: You are not supposed to molest children, cut lines or key cars; if you do, prepare to face the wrath of the Crimson Bolt...
Anyone seeing the cover of this CD could be mistaken for being under the impression that what they're getting for their money is Tyler Bates's score. What you actually get is just over 16 minutes of Bates's music and around 30 minutes of pop tracks by various artists.
So already I'm suspecting that I'm not going to be a huge fan of this release. And, surprise, surprise, after listening to it several times I can conclude that it's not one I'd want to listen to again. Even Bates's music is a little tired and dull. This collection of, on the whole, bland middle of the road artist tracks makes for a rather poor compilations album. I'm sure they work well in the movie, but not when listened to in isolation.
Cheap Trick's 'If You Want My Love' has a segment that sounds a little too close to The Beatles's 'While My Guitar Gently Weeps' and the only reason that this single stood out for me is that I bought several Cheap Trick albums in the '80s. The rest of the tracks just melt into one.
The full track listings are:
01 - 'Calling All Destroyers' - Tsar