Friday, November 17, 2000 Volume 66, Issue 64



'Little Nicky' soundtrack is disappointing

Various Artists

Little Nicky Soundtrack
Maverick Records

** 1/2

By Chris Stelmak
Contributing Writer

When making a movie about hell, is there really any other choice than to make a soundtrack packed with metal?

The album's strength is its variety of bands. While groups on the album such as P.O.D., Incubus and Deftones have made their way onto the airwaves, groups such as Insolence, Linkin Park and Muse have received little notice.

P.O.D. works the album into a grind with its new single, "School of Hard Knocks." The rap heavy metal song has surprisingly soft verses, but pulls it together for a gritty chorus.

Incubus follows with the smooth single that made the band, "Pardon Me." The Deftones then do its duty with "Change (In the House of Flies)."

These two tracks are the meat of the album. The electric rock of Incubus and the acid rock of Deftones are some of the most interesting sounds that have hit the metal scene in the past couple of years.

Old timer Cypress Hill follows with a heavy helping of hip hop. It is not one of the group's best songs, but it adds a some variety to the album.

The middle of the album has lesser known artists: Insolence, Linkin Park, Disturbed, Ünloco, Powerman 5000 and Muse. While none of the tracks is amazing, they offer a look at some bands that do not get a whole lot of radio play.

The soundtrack then comes to a close on a lighter note with the big-name bands again. Filter's "Take a Picture" and an acoustic version of Deftones' "Be Quiet and Drive (Far Away)" show the soft side of metal and offer a solid contrast after a half hour of metal.

The soundtrack to Little Nicky is probably not the hottest album for the avid metalhead because it is a compilation of mainly re-released songs. However, it does have a fairly decent collection of tunes for those who have been out of the scene for a while. The soundtrack is worthwhile but it's definitely not heavenly.

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