The movie Underworld: Awakening has a pretty gloomy mood -- from the battling supernatural creatures to the muted blue visual feel -- so it's no surprise that the Underworld: Awakening soundtrack features many goth and downbeat songs. While these songs weren't featured glaringly in the movie (no one "big single" getting lots of radio airplay), they also aren't that distinct on their own.

Almost half of the songs on the Underworld: Awakening soundtrack are remixes, while the rest are originals. The remixes are of varying quality -- done well on Evanescence's "Made of Stone" and the Cure's "Apart," but reducing Linkin Park's "Blackout" to mostly screaming -- and they all sound like the typical music you'd hear in an industrial/goth club.

This sameness of the songs here applies to the original songs as well. There's a consistently downbeat theme to most of the songs (as titles like "You Won't See the Light" and "It Rapes All in Its Path" indicate) and the overall effect is that nothing really stands out. Some of the songs on the Underworld: Awakening soundtrack are some better examples of this darker genre of music, but not enough songs stand out from the ones that come before or after the other ones here.

Overall grade: C
Reviewed by James Lynch

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