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Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark soundtrack review

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MAN ON WIRE Spidey's soundtrack has finally arrived
Jacob Cohl

Spider-Man: Turn Off The Dark

type:
Stage
Current Status:
In Season
run date:
06/13/11
performer:
Reeve Carney, Jennifer Damiano, Patrick Page
director:
Julie Taymor, Philip Wm. McKinley
author:
Glen Berger, Bono, The Edge, Julie Taymor

We gave it a C-

You’ll be safe from falling stuntmen, but the soundtrack to Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark, Broadway’s notorious mega-musical poses a more mundane risk: boredom. Composers Bono and the Edge — who break the cast-only rule to guest on several tracks — sprinkle some rousing, U2-style hooks amid the alt-show-tune gloom. But the duo’s lyrics are pop-rock vague, and their melodies swing from arena bombast to Broadway cheese as lifelessly as a swatted Spidey. C?

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