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The soundtracks to "Scream" and "Scream 2" were diverse mishmashes of modern rock, hip-hop, soul and electronic, placing bands like Sugar Ray and Collective Soul alongside D'Angelo and Master P.
By the time we got to 2000's "Scream 3," cock rock was in full bloom, with the soundtrack reading like a who's who of early-2000s, post-grunge adolescent angst and rage (Godsmack! Sevendust! Staind!). Mom and dad may not have understood you, but that soundtrack sure did.
For "Scream 4," we get a combination of high-energy bar rock and commercially-minded electro-pop tailor-made for teenagers of both genders. The raucous bar-friendly rock of The Novocaines ("Cup of Coffee") and Locksley ("On Fire") recall The Caesars, The Datsuns and countless other "The" groups that appropriated and, in some cases, updated the Nuggets box set for a new generation. It's not hard to picture these tracks alongside someone running, or getting murdered or running to avoid getting murdered.
On the flipside, we have groups like the Swedish electro-pop band The Sounds and the goth rock of The Chain Gang of 1974, whose post-Nine Inch Nails tracks blend '80s synths with churning guitars. Norwegian singer Ida Maria's "Bad Karma" sounds like a bluesier version of Aerosmith's "Love in an Elevator" (or, to expand a bit, any 1980s power rocker seemingly composed to fill stadiums and arenas en masse).
The obvious highlight: Say Hi's "Devils," a bluesy murder ballad in the vein of Tom Waits that haunts as much as it sways. The obvious lowlight: Raney Shockne's pointless cover of Harold Faltermeyer's "Axel F," aka the "Beverly Hills Cop" theme song. We can only hope this song is accompanied by a meta-satiric scene showing one of the characters making cheesy 1980s references. Otherwise, there's no excuse.
1. Something To Die For - The Sounds
2. Bad Karma - Ida Maria
3. Cup Of Coffee - The Novocaines
4. Make My Body - The Chain Gang Of 1974
5. Don't Mess With The Original - Marco Beltrami
6. Yeah Yeah Yeah - The Sounds
7. Run For Your Life - 6 Day Riot
8. Axel F - Raney Shockne
9. On Fire - Locksley
10. Devils - Say Hi
11. Denial - Stereo Black
12. Jill's America - Marco Beltrami