I suppose it's not the fault of the "Spider-Man" guys that this soundtrack will inevitably be compared to the music used in movies like Richard Donner's "Superman," but knowing that, you'd think they would have put forth the effort to do a better job. I'll be honest. We comic book fans are spoiled. John Williams composed what, in my mind, is the greatest theatrical score in history for that 1978 film. We now crave a good, distinctive score for each superhero, and that's not what we're getting here.
This album has two tracks from Danny Elfman's score on it, and while it's not a BAD score, there's nothing special about it. 20 years from now, no one will hear a snippet of this music and think "Spider-Man!" the way they do Williams' Superman score or even Elfman's own "Batman" from 1989. It feels very generic.
The rest of the disc is just so-so. It opens with the theme from the Spider-Man cartoon from the 70s and closes with a cover of the same song done by Aerosmith in a version infinitely inferior to the one done by the Ramones a few years ago. In-between are a sampling of songs, some good, some bad. The only ones that really stand out are Chad Kroeger's "Hero" (which is a good song, although we've all heard it 17,000 times by now), and the surprisingly good "Somebody Else" by Bleu, which I think really sums up the Peter Parker character very well. Those two tracks I can listen to over and over again. The rest of the disc -- I can take it or leave it.