Greatest hits: album reviews

The Watchmen (Soundtrack )

PUBLISHED : Friday, 05 June, 2009, 12:00am
UPDATED : Friday, 05 June, 2009, 12:00am

From looking at the track list, you'd be forgiven for mistaking The Watchmen: Music from the Motion Picture for yet another greatest hits compilation of the 70s and 80s or a random play list generated by an online music player; anything, in fact, other than the soundtrack to possibly the most anticipated hero movie of the year.

You may wonder how well golden oldies and hero movies can work together, but in this twisted story, the chemistry is so evident that the two media give a new layer of meaning to each other. The songs are classics in their own right, but played back-to-back, they evoke vivid movie moments.

To remain faithful, songs mentioned in the graphic novel are featured, including three Bob Dylan works: The Times They Are a-Changin', Jimi Hendrix's cover of All Along the Watchtower, and album opener - and the only new recording - the new punk rock version of Bob Dylan's Desolation Row by My Chemical Romance. The stylistically diverse songs mesh together to create an emotional roller coaster. One minute you're listening to a loud, energetic rock number, the next you're drowning in the sombre Hallelujah or the broodingly romantic Unforgettable. Essential listening for superhero lovers.