"Mission Rather Easy: Take the fabulous Mission
Impossible Theme, a big budget and an array of acclaimed
international talent – and put together a bloody brilliant
soundtrack. Somehow they failed.
My expectations were so high about this soundtrack that I
overlooked the predictable, pedestrian rapping in Limp
Bizkit’s Take a Look Around; forgave Metallica’s I
Disappear, which features all that is annoying about heavy metal
and almost none of the band’s greatest redeeming feature
– Kirk Hammett’s brilliant lead guitar work; ignored
some execrable sonic detritus from Rob Zombie and Butthole
Surfers (now there’s a name that speaks volumes); and
shrugged off a particularly abominable piece of thrash (or is it
trash?) by The Pimps. But once I heard the royal talents of
Queen’s Brian May – still the world’s most lyrical
electric axe exponent – being wasted on a lamentable Foo
Fighter’s recording of the Roger Water’s-penned Have a
Cigar, my tolerance began to self-destruct.
The latter half of the album improves somewhat with offerings
from Hans Zimmer and the extraordinarily gifted Tori Amos (only
singing… what a waste of compositional genius), but remains
Rounding out proceedings is the Josh Abrahams version of the
Mission Impossible theme – a slick and energetic, but rather
unimaginative, effort that isn’t nearly as entertaining as
its Larry and Adam predecessor.
M:I-2 is hardly the worst soundtrack of the year so far, but
it’s definitely the most disappointing."