13 Songs, 41 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

There was nothing necessarily wrong with the soundtrack to 2002’s Tobey Maguire-starring Spider-Man. But surveying it 16 years later, there was something awfully homogenous about its lineup: Sum 41, Nickelback’s Chad Kroeger, Theory of a Deadman, Aerosmith, Pete Yorn. So it makes sense that the animated Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse—which features multiple cross-racial, cross-gender, cross-generational, cross-dimensional characters with Spidey powers—has a soundtrack that really upends the franchise’s own long-established aesthetic and cultural awareness.

While these songs were written for the movie, they often don’t sound like movie songs in the conventional sense. LA MC DUCKWRTH’s “Start a Riot” is a jump-up-on-the-table party-rap rager. Lil Wayne and Juice WRLD each offer introspective tracks (the former featuring a surprise appearance from the late XXXTENTACION) that use literal darkness as a metaphor for emotional pain. And Nicki Minaj turns up the patois over Caribbean vibes on “Familia”—a rare song that directly references the film—alongside verses from Puerto Rican trap artist Anuel AA and Zimbabwean singer Bantu. But where soundtrack tunes so often indulge in the audio-production equivalent of pyrotechnics, some of Spider-Verse’s best songs triumph for the exact opposite reason—Vince Staples’ closer, “Home,” and Swae Lee and Post Malone’s “Sunflower” ride the lowest of lo-fi beats to really let their lyrics shine.

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EDITORS’ NOTES

There was nothing necessarily wrong with the soundtrack to 2002’s Tobey Maguire-starring Spider-Man. But surveying it 16 years later, there was something awfully homogenous about its lineup: Sum 41, Nickelback’s Chad Kroeger, Theory of a Deadman, Aerosmith, Pete Yorn. So it makes sense that the animated Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse—which features multiple cross-racial, cross-gender, cross-generational, cross-dimensional characters with Spidey powers—has a soundtrack that really upends the franchise’s own long-established aesthetic and cultural awareness.

While these songs were written for the movie, they often don’t sound like movie songs in the conventional sense. LA MC DUCKWRTH’s “Start a Riot” is a jump-up-on-the-table party-rap rager. Lil Wayne and Juice WRLD each offer introspective tracks (the former featuring a surprise appearance from the late XXXTENTACION) that use literal darkness as a metaphor for emotional pain. And Nicki Minaj turns up the patois over Caribbean vibes on “Familia”—a rare song that directly references the film—alongside verses from Puerto Rican trap artist Anuel AA and Zimbabwean singer Bantu. But where soundtrack tunes so often indulge in the audio-production equivalent of pyrotechnics, some of Spider-Verse’s best songs triumph for the exact opposite reason—Vince Staples’ closer, “Home,” and Swae Lee and Post Malone’s “Sunflower” ride the lowest of lo-fi beats to really let their lyrics shine.

Mastered for iTunes
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Ratings and Reviews

4.5 out of 5
1.6K Ratings

1.6K Ratings

quadri b. ,

rate the music, not the itunes description

i’m disappointed to be reading all these reviews of people disregarding the album completely to talk about how stupid the itunes description is. yes, it is pretty stupid, but that’s not what you’re reviewing.

i would also encourage you to consider the fact that the soundtracks of both Black Panther and Spiderverse, which released in 2018, really stand out because of their connections to minority culture. so if you wanna talk homogenous, look at the majority of soundtracks (and movies) that exist today. the way that this album is diverse is not found within the album itself, but in the way that it stands out from among its peers. maybe that’ll make up for the crappy itunes description a bit.

as for me, i thouroughly enjoyed the album. it went perfectly with the movie itself. i wish it wasn’t so rare to hear movies play stuff like juice wrld in the middle of them, because i was really happy when they did. i’m super proud of the movie and the songs that go with it.

Mjharrell ,

All rap isn’t diversity

Even the description is political

misskaybird ,

Amazing, Spectacular...

Sensational, superior...all the Spider-Man adjectives!

I was surprised by how much I like this soundtrack. The usual music I listen to is a lot different from this, but this soundtrack won me over. The music worked so well in the movie that I decided to give it a full listen at home and it’s been on repeat since then. I love how there are different vibes throughout the soundtrack- some songs are emotional, some are chill, and some get you hyped just from listening. Awesome movie AND awesome soundtrack, can’t get much better than that!