I was anticipating the release of the movie into theaters, when it occured to me. What's the sountrack going to be like? Around that time, I found the dirt on the Spider-Man 3 soundtrack. I was floored when the web page opened with an interestingly new sound for things to come. I sampled the songs available (3) in their entirety. The music was very different from what was on the previous soundtracks (spider-man; spider-man 2). Each song from begining to end I found to be very solid and catchy but with very few elements of what was "Inspired" by the movie. It is a soundtrack that if listened to with a opened mind, not open-ended questions about the content, can grow on you with each listening experience. The idea behind each soundtrack from those movies, is to appeal to the youth of their generation. They promote some very promising new bands that they feel wouldn't make it otherwise. But in this case, there is music that the more mature music fans can appreciate and understand. The continuity and the editing are very well done in not only the placement of each track, it maintains a certain eclectic mood throughout.The soundtrack is very "kid friendly" for those of you who are worried about any negative elements in content. It is a little more sophisticated than the previous releases, though at times can be a little bleak in the melody of certain songs. The begining of the soundtrack is a rip roar of musical energy from "Snow Patrol" and "The Killers", to the "Yeah, Yeah, Yeahs" and "Wolfmother". Midway through the soundtrack is a little bittersweet, silly and then melancholy with tracks from "Black Mountain", "The Flaming Lips", and "Simon Dawes". The latter half of the compilation kicks off with "Chubby Checker" in his most famous song "The Twist". Then it becomes eclectic insanity with very intersting tracks from independent bands like "Rogue Wave", "Coconut Records",(Jason Schwartzman and Kirsten Dunst doing vocals), and a well known band like "Jet". Finally, the last three tracks by "Sounds Under Radio"(unsigned), "The Wasted Youth Orchestra"(The WYO's), and the "Oohlas". All of which display a very genuine and distinctly likable array of music. So in closing, I feel that they completed a very difficult endeavour with "amazing" results. Enjoy.