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ALBUM REVIEW: Snakes on a Soundtrack

Music Not as Good as the Film

By Marissa Vogt
NEWS EDITOR

‘Snakes on a Plane: The Album’

Various Artists

Released: Aug. 15, 2006

Label: New Line Records

This is one of those CDs that you play in the background and don’t really give much attention because there’s nothing really worth listening to. Too late you realize that even though most of the songs have no merit whatsoever, they’re damn catchy and now you’ve got them stuck in your head. And then you start to like it.

The main problem with the soundtrack to “Snakes on a Plane” is that it, like the film, is targeted at millennials, who are all too content to listen to mediocre songs that are some bastardized combination of techno, rap, and pop. If the songs weren’t so incredibly addictive, especially the first track, Cobra Starship’s “Snakes on a Plane (Bring It),” I wouldn’t have even given the album a second chance. But I’m glad I did, because a lot of the songs actually have quite a bit of energy in them, even if it’s not great music.

Unfortunately, the humor and sheer awesomeness of putting snakes on a plane fail to translate well across media, and the soundtrack, unlike the film, fails to live up to the hype surrounding the movie’s theatrical release. A surprising number of tracks on “Snakes on a Plane: The Album” are about snakes on a plane — bands will record songs about anything, it seems — but those lack the humor and spirit that made the film enjoyable. The film’s now-famous catchphrase, “That’s it! I have had it with these motherfucking snakes on this motherfucking plane,” is even incorporated into two of the tracks.

The album’s highlights include the track by Cobra Starship, “Ophidiophobia” by Cee-Lo, and the extremely chill closing tracks “Lovely Day” by Donovon Frankenreiter and “Hey Now Now” by Michael Franti & Spearhead. Trevor Rabin’s score, the final track on the CD, does a great job of setting the mood for the film, but there’s something missing without the snake’s-eye-view special effects. Still, the score is the best musical interpretation of snakes slithering through the cargo bay of an airplane that I’ve ever heard. And it’s definitely not the worst track on the CD — that honor clearly belongs to “New Friend Request” by Gym Class Heroes, a song about MySpace. WTF.

While it certainly won’t win any Grammy awards, “Snakes on a Plane: The Album” is, in the end, an excellent CD to play on a road trip or while hanging out with friends. Like the film, even if you’re just laughing at it, at least you’ll be entertained.