Music of the Week: Judgment Night Soundtrack
By Zach Patterson Wednesday, 3 Oct 2007

This is the time of the week where Zach picks a soundtrack from 1993 and writes about it. On the plus side, I have to say this is a pretty interesting album to say the least. I’ve never bothered to check out the movie, but I remember seeing that this album had a lot of artists on it that I liked mixed with various popular rap artists from the early 90’s as well. And while I wasn’t exactly scouring the internet and cd used bins for this one, when I happened to find it for $1 at a flea market mixed in with 98 Degrees, Sugar Ray, and a few other garbage albums, I felt compelled to finally give it a listen. What surprises me most about this soundtrack is how well some of the tracks work. Sure, there’s some tracks that just don’t seem to mesh (Mudhoney surf rock with Sir Mix A Lot? What the fuck?) or some that don’t seem to really know what to do (Cypress Hill and Sonic Youth literally sleep walk through their song together). But overall, there’s a ton of great stuff on this album. Helmet and House of Pain start it off with a fantastic heavy metal/rap combo, which is a nice segue to the laidback chill feel of Teenage Fanclub and De La Soul. Additionally, the collabs of Faith No More & Boo-Yaa T.R.I.B.E., Slayer & Ice-T, Living Colour & Run-D.M.C. are all pretty solid and don’t feel forced like you would think in some instances. My favorite song has got to be Dinosaur Jr. & Del tha Funkee Homosapien’s “Missing Link”. Whoever combined these two needs an award, seriously. It’s a perfect combination of J. Mascis’ soulful guitar skills mixed with Del’s silky smooth rapping. It’s worth it just for this song.

Anyway, I have nothing else to add except this is an excellent underrated soundtrack, and if you like any of the artists on either side of the rock/rap divide, it’s worth picking up. And it’s usually like a buck at most.

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