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The soundtrack for the upcoming "Stealth" is yet another classic case of a rock collection that doesn't exactly sync up with the theme of the movie. For starters, the main attraction here is Incubus, as they make four appearances (three of them being new material!), and their material alone doesn't seem to configure with what I've seen from the previews. Nevertheless, if you're a fan of alternative rock, or just Incubus, this eclectic little collection is worth checking into.
I'm a big Incubus fan, so I had to hear the new stuff. Hell, I wasn't even aware they were recording anything new these days. I figured they were on a break! The three new tracks, although not breaking the mold, are a pleasant surprise. You've probably heard "Make A Move" on the radio, and it's standard Incubus. "Admiration" and "Neither Of Us Can See" are a little different than normal, and seem to make less sense with this movie than any of the other songs. Likewise, "Aqueous Transmission," from their 2001 album, "Morning View," is an especially peculiar choice (albeit, an amazing, underrated song). However, Incubus aren't the only ones making worthy contributions. Dredg's new single "Bug Eyes" is nice to hear on here, as the group has hardly had any promotion in the past. The Fray also fight for what is arguably the best song on here (even better than the Incubus material) with "Over My Head (Cable Car)." You might not know these guys yet, but I get the feeling they are gonna be huge soon. I saw them open up for Weezer this past Tuesday, and let me tell you, they had me hooked from the first note. Very interesting, honest, and emotional pop-rock. Trading Yesterday's track, "One Day," was also another pleasant surprise, but one track that doesn't live up to expectations is Institute's "Bullet-Proof Skin." You may not know it, but this is Gavin Rossdale's (ex-Bush) new group, featuring Chris Traynor of Helmet fame on guitar (and Paige Hamilton, also of Helmet, producing). I wasn't a particularily big Bush fan, but the involvement of Hamilton and Traynor had me intrigued. Sadly, this song is a bust. Also, Kasabian's "L.S.F." is just annoying. Sorry, I just don't understand the big hype with these guys. This song sounds like something Fatboy Slim would do. Pass.
So, overall, a great little collection. If you don't get it for the new Incubus tracks, do it just to hear Dredg and The Fray (if you haven't already). It's quite an eclectic mix, there's something for everyone, really. As far as the movie goes? Eh, not really interested. A plane with a brain? As good as this soundtrack is, it doesn't make me wanna see the movie anymore than I did before.