Is there one thing that makes this album rock? Yes, and it is called track number one. To hear Marilyn Manson's cover on "Tainted Love" is worth the price of this CD. Sure you could use Kazaa or some other P2P device to download the track, but while the Manson track is what you paid for, the rest of the CD comes along as a bonus, and a worthy one at that.
While most of the tracks have appeared else where, or have been around a while "The Metro" by System of a Down appeared on the Dracula 2000 Soundtrack, and Orgy's rendition of "Blue Monday" appeared on their excellent Candyass disc, this is the first time all of these tracks have been together, legally.
While the Smashing Pumpkin's cover of "Never Let Me Down Again" comes up strangely disappointing, the rest of the tracks on the disc stand out as well known 80s songs, covered and re-mastered by some of today's hottest names in rock.
The disc never really fails to disappoint, and the 4 out of 5 rating is only because a great many of these tracks have appeared elsewhere, are aren't dramatically new. It seems as though the producers of this album would have rather used old recordings from these bands, than have some new ones recorded. While Mest does make the cut on the CD, I would have liked to seen some more punk bands (since we know they do the best covers) of the likes of New Found Glory, Offspring, and maybe sprinkle in some Green Day for added flavor.
All in all, superior disc, and one of the best sound tracks in years.
-Erich Becker has 98 Red Balloons, one popped.