When the first crow soundtrack was released, it was very successful because of the tone of the piece and the true sincerity of the artists involved. Full of a few heavy hitting artists, but mostly obscure artists, the soundtrack worked because the songs reflected the mood of the film very well and even dug deeper than the movie with the use of the Cure and Joy Division as reference points to the comic book.
Well, maybe this soundtrack does reflect of the mood of the film. Some of it sounds pretty slick (PJ Harvey and Tricky,for example) on the surface, but overall it's loud, confusing, uninspired, and totally uncalled for. Goldust Woman was an excuse for Hole to perform, a band savored only for their writing, reduced to doing a cover song because Courtney can't come up with anything on her own (sorry). Much of the album is uneven moving from the etheral cover of New Order's In A Lonely Place to metal rock pounding tracks from White Zombie and the Deftones to some misguided hip hop with Above the Law. While some of that does well to create atmosphere for the urban setting of the Crow, it doesn't hold a mood together well. Above the Law's track City of Angels is loud and quickly forgettable. On the first soundtrack, the final track was Jane Siberry's It Can't Rain All the Time, a haunting track that really gives the listener a feeling after seeing the film.
Much of the rest of the soundtrack is filled with recognizable names effortlessly, apathetically placing their songs in the mix. Like the film Crow: City of Angels, the soundtrack lacks any heart the first one had. The first had a very dark, simplistic, haunting look to it. The music was similar - immediately making listeners think of elements of the film and the story behind the film. This, like so many soundtracks, makes you think of nothing. And if nothing's what you want, then this soundtrack and the accompanying film should suit you fine.