13 Songs, 41 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

There was nothing necessarily wrong with the soundtrack to 2002’s Tobey Maguire-starring Spider-Man. But surveying it 16 years later, there was something awfully homogenous about its lineup: Sum 41, Nickelback’s Chad Kroeger, Theory of a Deadman, Aerosmith, Pete Yorn. So it makes sense that the animated Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse—which features multiple cross-racial, cross-gender, cross-generational, cross-dimensional characters with Spidey powers—has a soundtrack that really upends the franchise’s own long-established aesthetic and cultural awareness.

While these songs were written for the movie, they often don’t sound like movie songs in the conventional sense. LA MC DUCKWRTH’s “Start a Riot” is a jump-up-on-the-table party-rap rager. Lil Wayne and Juice WRLD each offer introspective tracks (the former featuring a surprise appearance from the late XXXTENTACION) that use literal darkness as a metaphor for emotional pain. And Nicki Minaj turns up the patois over Caribbean vibes on “Familia”—a rare song that directly references the film—alongside verses from Puerto Rican trap artist Anuel AA and Zimbabwean singer Bantu. But where soundtrack tunes so often indulge in the audio-production equivalent of pyrotechnics, some of Spider-Verse’s best songs triumph for the exact opposite reason—Vince Staples’ closer, “Home,” and Swae Lee and Post Malone’s “Sunflower” ride the lowest of lo-fi beats to really let their lyrics shine.

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EDITORS’ NOTES

There was nothing necessarily wrong with the soundtrack to 2002’s Tobey Maguire-starring Spider-Man. But surveying it 16 years later, there was something awfully homogenous about its lineup: Sum 41, Nickelback’s Chad Kroeger, Theory of a Deadman, Aerosmith, Pete Yorn. So it makes sense that the animated Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse—which features multiple cross-racial, cross-gender, cross-generational, cross-dimensional characters with Spidey powers—has a soundtrack that really upends the franchise’s own long-established aesthetic and cultural awareness.

While these songs were written for the movie, they often don’t sound like movie songs in the conventional sense. LA MC DUCKWRTH’s “Start a Riot” is a jump-up-on-the-table party-rap rager. Lil Wayne and Juice WRLD each offer introspective tracks (the former featuring a surprise appearance from the late XXXTENTACION) that use literal darkness as a metaphor for emotional pain. And Nicki Minaj turns up the patois over Caribbean vibes on “Familia”—a rare song that directly references the film—alongside verses from Puerto Rican trap artist Anuel AA and Zimbabwean singer Bantu. But where soundtrack tunes so often indulge in the audio-production equivalent of pyrotechnics, some of Spider-Verse’s best songs triumph for the exact opposite reason—Vince Staples’ closer, “Home,” and Swae Lee and Post Malone’s “Sunflower” ride the lowest of lo-fi beats to really let their lyrics shine.

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Ratings and Reviews

4.4 out of 5
1K Ratings
1K Ratings
Definitelyarocker ,

Does it all have to be Rap

Honestly, it’s hilarious that the iTunes review talks about cultural diversity and than every song is a rap song. Diversity would be like having a rap song, then a rock song then a pop song. You know actually diverse music. Completely turned off from this soundtrack.

Mickiemowse ,

Variety? Not even close

So iTunes’ review mentioned the original Spider-Man soundtrack was homogenous compared to this one. Funny, because every song on here is some form of hip hop. No big deal, but don’t try to sell us on some false pretense that there’s some kind of variety when CLEARLY there isn’t. BOTH soundtracks are products of their time. In 2002, Emo-rock was all the rage. In 2018, anyone with a mumble is going to be at the top of the charts.

I digress.

As for the tracks here...They’re very much typical to most of this generation’s popular music—it’s simply OK.

Natolodeon ,

Really?

You can’t call the original soundtrack homogenous and say this one is perfectly fine. There is no variety in music here, just a bunch of regular sounding tunes that are popular today, just like the 2002 one. Have some double standards please