Matrix Reloaded: The Album

The Matrix Reloaded: The Album

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Move over, Daredevil and X-Men 2. The soundtrack to Matrix Reloaded -- one of the most anticipated flicks of summer 2003 -- packs more punch than the competition. Not surprisingly, the mood is anything but mellow, with squalls blowing in from the likes of P.O.D., who check in with the hefty…  See more details below

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Move over, Daredevil and X-Men 2. The soundtrack to Matrix Reloaded -- one of the most anticipated flicks of summer 2003 -- packs more punch than the competition. Not surprisingly, the mood is anything but mellow, with squalls blowing in from the likes of P.O.D., who check in with the hefty "Sleeping Awake," and the Deftones, whose "Lucky You" appears alongside "The Passporter," the first recorded material from singer Chino Moreno's Team Sleep side project. While those tunes will appear on impending discs from the respective bands, Matrix Reloaded: The Album has its share of otherwise unavailable songs, notably Rob Zombie's typically gnashing "Reload" and a new version of Dave Matthews's "When the World Ends," which gets a deep injection of spaciness courtesy of trance king Paul Oakenfold. In addition to the sonic component, the disc contains a bevy of bonuses for Matrix diehards, including: trailers, a documentary on the making of the flick, a video game, and a collection of cheat codes to help crack the game's inner sanctum. David Sprague

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All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
The Matrix rewrote cinematic rules and became a pop-culture phenomenon in 1999, thereby granting its creators, the Wachowski brothers, the right to let their imaginations run wild for its sequel, 2003's The Matrix Reloaded. Too bad their imaginations didn't run as far as the soundtrack, since The Matrix Reloaded: The Album is of piece with the soundtrack to the original, relying on industrial, aggro-nu-metal, and dark dance music. In 1999, it was everything that was stereotypically cyberpunk, and even then, it was feeling a little out of date. Four years later, it really seems out of date, even if it contains several bands who didn't exist back then, since the sub-goth darkness of this adolescent-geared murk doesn't quite jibe with the sounds of 2003. Then again, this could have been a deliberate extension of the first film, a way to tie them together, since this 12-track collection (the second disc is given over to the evocative score) contains four artists featured on the first soundtrack (Marilyn Manson, Rob Zombie, Deftones, and Rage Against the Machine). Also, much of this is instrumental -- or, if it does have words, it plays as instrumental -- which makes it evocative and cohesive, even if overall, the music doesn't seem nearly as elegant, sleek, provocative, or muscular as the film itself. But, if anything related to The Matrix Reloaded had to be tailored for the red meat-craving teenagers that form part of its core audience, better have it be in the soundtrack than the film itself, and much of this is pretty good for what it is, even if the general aesthetic feels too retrograde for the film. The first half of the record, in particular, doesn't have a false step, but it unravels a bit in the second half, thanks the guttural wailing on Unloco's "Bruises," the always-irritating Zack de la Rocha on Rage Against the Machine's "Calm Like a Bomb," the always-insipid Paul Oakenfold's "Dread Rock" (though his remix of the Dave Matthews Band's "When the World Ends" is OK), and P.O.D.'s unbelievably awful "Sleeping Awake," written from the perspective of somebody who is asleep in the Matrix yet aware of Zion, which pretty much defies all of the Wachowskis' mythology. A pretty bad stretch, but the first half makes up for it, thanks to moody instrumental Linkin Park, good new stuff from Marilyn Manson and Rob Zombie, and good Deftones. All enough to satiate some of the adolescents who like how cool The Matrix looks and sounds, but, ultimately, this isn't meant for anybody besides that audience, while the film itself has a wide appeal, which makes the narrow vision of the soundtrack kind of disappointing.

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Product Details

Release Date:
05/06/2003
Label:
Maverick
UPC:
0093624841128
catalogNumber:
48411
Rank:
18269

Tracks

Disc 1

  1. Session
  2. This Is the New Shit @@Marilyn Manson  -  Marilyn Manson
  3. Reload
  4. Furious Angels
  5. Lucky You
  6. The Passportal
  7. Sleeping Awake @@P.O.D.  -  P.O.D.
  8. Bruises @@Ünloco  -  Unloco
  9. Calm Like a Bomb
  10. Dread Rock @@Oakenfold
  11. Zion @@Fluke  -  Fluke
  12. When the World Ends @@Dave Matthews Band  -  Dave Matthews Band

Disc 2

  1. Main Title @@Don Davis  - Don Davis
  2. Trinity Dream @@Don Davis  - Don Davis
  3. Teahouse
  4. Chateau
  5. Mona Lisa Overdrive
  6. Burly Brawl  - Don Davis
  7. Matrix Reloaded (Suite) @@Don Davis  - Don Davis

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Michael Fisher   Percussion
Nick Ingman   Conductor
Taz Alexander   Vocals
Scarlett, Washington & Whiteley   Guitar

Technical Credits

Ian Green   Composer,Programming,Engineer
Dave Matthews   Composer
Paul Oakenfold   Composer,Producer,Remixing
Marilyn Manson   Arranger,Composer,Producer,Engineer
Glen Ballard   Composer,Producer
Howard Benson   Producer
Charles Clouser   Remixing
Terry Date   Producer
Don Gilmore   Producer
Ben Grosse   Producer
Scott Humphrey   Composer,Producer
Greg Hunter   Engineer
Nick Ingman   Orchestration
Juno Reactor   Producer
Tom Morello   Composer
Tim Skold   Arranger,Composer,Producer,Engineer
Armin Steiner   Engineer
Tim Commerford   Composer
Ben Watkins   Composer
Brad Wilk   Composer
Danny Bramson   Executive Producer
Guy Oseary   Executive Producer
Mike Plotnikoff   Engineer
Rob Zombie   Composer,Producer
Deftones   Composer,Producer
Frank Gryner   Engineer
Chino Moreno   Composer
Rob Dougan   Composer,Producer,Orchestration
Mudrock   Producer
John 5   Composer
Linkin Park   Composer,Producer
Peter Craige   Producer
Debi Streeter   Music Administrator
Don Davis   Composer,Producer,Orchestration

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Matrix Reloaded: The Album 3.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 13 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This looks like a fine collection of songs. I'm really looking forward to receiving it in the mail. I loved both Matrixes (or Matrices for the grammatically correct). I definitely preferred the first Matrix, but that probably has to more with the fact that I watched it so much. You see, I am plagued with a chronic diarreah disorder. It's a pretty disgusting illness, so most people prefer to stay away from me, and they definitely prefer to stay out of my house. The place reaks and the bottom of the toilet seat is covered with fecal stalactites. I spend a lot of time watching movies by myself. Hence, I fell in love with The Matrix because it is one you can watch again and again. It's also nice to have on DVD, so I can pause it when I run to the bathroom to have a 4 alarm blowout. It doesn't help the smell being that I like to eat a lot of tuna and cottage cheese. This collection of songs looks like it highlights some of the best tracks from the movie, and I've heard a couple of them on the radio lately, so I think this album is going to be huge.
Guest More than 1 year ago
After watching the film, I wanted to listen to the soundtrack properly and this is great stuff! It's got some real corker's that I'm sure you will still be listening to in years to come. Hope they release more songs from the film that weren't included on this album.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The second MATRIX movie looks great. The soundtrack, in comparison, I'm not too sure about. Dave Matthews Band and P.O.D.? Give me a break... On the positive side, I like how some of the artists on the first soundtrack (Marilyn Manson, Rob Dougan, and Deftones) are back again. All in all, here's hoping the soundtrack for MATRIX: REVOLUTIONS provides some great listening.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Now'n days I'm one of the few people that does not dl every conceivable piece of music online through P2P software. However, after seeing the new soundtrack's roster on the web site I couldn't help but drool.....Deftones....Marilyn Manson......Rage Against the Machine! With a line up like that how can you go wrong. Well, I dl the CD and soon found myself deleting it. Can't judge a book by its cover. The names were hard rock the music was exactly the opposite. One of the few groups that held down their genre was my favorite local group from Austin, UnLoco. I know it would have been hard to do, but they could have at least scrounged up some never before heard Rage song instead of just taking it off of Battle Of L.A. Just compared to the energy the first Matrix soundtrack gave me I was expecting the same if not more from Reloaded. Hopefully the movie will make up for this lackluster compilation.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I can't get enough of this album. As a disenfranchised sophomore in an all-boys high school, I couldn't wait to get my hands on this over hyped piece of trash, and wow. Me and my posse of angry boys really got into the music and when we all put our trench coats on in the middle of May and saw the movie, it was so cool even though all of the fight scenes are the same boring block, block, punch, repeat and despite the fact that a football playing mouthbreather tripped me in the aisle and made me spill my popcorn, yo. But anyone who doesn't like the Matrix just doesn't get it, even though I needed a thesaurus for that last scene with the Architect. That's what me and my friends say. P.O.D. rocks.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Well, the Matrix 1 soundtrack was great, a mix of rock/industrial/electronic. Now it seems they have branched out, choosing more rock-like artists like POD, and Dave Mathews. Then they also chose some more trance-techno like stuff like the Paul Oakenfold and Fluke songs. I do not like Dave Mathews, or POD, and the Oakenfold song, the 30 seconds I heard sounded like it sucked. They tried something different, and it worked out better than if they stayed with similar sounding music. (similar to Matrix 1)
Guest More than 1 year ago
This soundtrack was decent, but was definately not up to par compared to the original Matrix soundtrack. "Calm Like A Bomb" by RAGE was definately a better choice than "Wake Up" which was featured in the first soundtrack. It went well with the movie (wake up) but "Calm Like A Bomb" is has a lot more energy in it, and the bridge is cool (the first 10 times you hear it). They should've gotten some "The Crystal Method" on here though! They would have made it a lot more (i hate to use this word) "hype". (They made the background music they played when Neo sees the woman in the red dress in "The Matrix" and the whole song is great. I think it's called Replacement Killers.) Anywho, that Dave Matthews Band song "When the World Ends" doesn't really fit with the other bands' songs on the CD, but the lyrics sort of make sense. I really just think it was a "stick-em-on-there-for-hecks-sake" thing. Yea, maybe it will attract more people to buy this album. All in all this album is pretty: average.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This album should be at the top of everyone's list, especially rock fans and music lovers. Terry Date and Charlie Clouser are awesome musicians, so just wonder what they do when they are together!One of my friends owns this CD, and it is just amazing how good it sounds...but, of course...Date and Clouser made it happen!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Ive seen the movie i cant wait to see the next one so i think this is the best soundtrack of all time because it reminds me of the movie.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed a few of the songs on the album, including "Furious Angels" and "Chateau" by Rob Dougan, "Burly Brawl" and "Teahouse" by Juno Reactor. These songs were directly from the movie and including the song by POD are something to get you in the mood.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Well. I'm not exactly into Marilyn Manson. In fact I listen to a lot more old-school type guitar and trance stuff. But I have always collected interesting film scores and soundtracks and so I decided to burn this one off of somebody. It wasn't bad. It made me want to check out the first Matrix cd, which was better (although, yeah, it does feel outdated now). I kept hoping someone would talk about how amazing Rob D was but only one or two of you mentioned him. Wow. Track 4 on all of the albums is by far the best music I have heard in a while. I love it. I'm very into cinematic, barren-wasteland type music that just wakes you up. My favorite two parts in the original Matrix were when Neo sees the woman in the red dress, and at the end when you hear the first few seconds of "Wake up": the only seconds worth listening to, really. The other tracks are good to drive to but not exactly what I want to listen to when I'm hanging out. I liked the Oakenfold, Fluke, and Linkin Park remixes (gag me, I never thought I'd tell anyone I liked Linkin Park) and some of the score on the second cd was good also. I can't wait to see how the Revolutions score turns out. I think the other songs could have been better but just . . . weren't. I think that Reloaded was a complete dissapointment, it seems like they were just trying to suck as much money off of the people as they could. Man. They should have gotten rid of those retarded rave and sex scenes.
Guest More than 1 year ago
great cd. everything except 4 dave mattews band or what ever. first 2 songs are the only good 1s
Anonymous More than 1 year ago