||Batman Forever: Music Motion Picture / O.S.T.
Producers include: Nellee Hooper, Bono, The Edge, Flood, Polly Jean Harvey. Engineers include: Robbie Adams, Flood, Terry Manning. Seal's "Kiss From A Rose" won the 1996 Grammy Awards for Record Of The Year, Song Of The Year and Best Male Pop Vocal Performance. U2's "Hold Me, Thrill Me, Kiss Me, Kill Me" was nominated for 1996 Grammy Awards for Best Rock Performance By A Duo Or Group With Vocal and Best Rock Song. The post-ZOO TV U2 seem like the perfect musical ambassadors for Hollywood's third installment of the Batman saga, BATMAN FOREVER. Just like Bruce Wayne, they are so constantly play-acting (is he Bono or is he The Fly?) that "reality" seems to veer with perspective; and just like original director Tim Burton's Gotham City, U2 now exists in a vacuum driven by old vices and new technologies. So, "Hold Me, Thrill Me, Kiss Me, Kill Me," the band's T. Rex-meets-Soul II Soul contribution to the album, holds up equally well as a U2 track and as the film's theme, exploring the dualities of superficial contentment and inner turmoil. In fact, for such an eclectic and star-studded soundtrack, BATMAN FOREVER goes a long way towards clearly defining the film's atmosphere. The Offspring's cover of an old Damned classic strikes up a little rage and chaos; PJ Harvey exhibits some Led Zep-like blues lust; Method Man and The Flaming Lips add a touch of the diabolical; and Seal and Eddi Reader provide the few tender moments that the folks in Gotham share. The only thing that seems left unexplored is the roar of the Batmobile, and there's a colored glossy of that in the CD booklet.