We love a good teen movie here at MP! and new supernatural flick ‘The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones’ looks just the ticket as it heads to UK cinemas (read our review here). With Mirror Mirror’s Lily Collins and Misfits’ Robert Sheehan leading the film, it looks set to be a thrill ride of a film with romance and action aplenty as Collins’ heroine finds herself brought into a murky underworld as an important supernatural figure.
Fortunately they’ve also released a proper soundtrack to go with it and so we wrapped our ears around the accompanying soundtrack full of pop greats to see whether or not it was worth dishing out our hard-earned cash on it.
First of all, there are plenty of ace pop gems for us to take a listen to on the album – American singer Colbie Caillat’s promo song ‘When the Darkness Comes’ is full of a dark, romantic and relaxed vibe that echoes the film’s big romantic centre and is a great introduction for any non-US viewers who have no idea who the lovely Ms Caillat is.
The good tracks really shine on the album which is a big bonus for anyone who considers soundtracks to films to be a bit of a cheap money-grab – Disney alumn Demi Lovato’s newly released track ‘Heart by Heart’ is a big old ballad that will suit any pop sensibilities and is a solid enough addition to the soundtrack, while the LA Riots remix of AFI’s ’17 Crimes’ is a big dance and club song that should be part of the soundtrack of any club-aimed night out in the future.
Best of all is our very own Jessie J’s new track ‘Magnetic’ which we really hope gets included on Ms Cornish’s sophomore album ‘Alive’ – ‘Magnetic’ is a dubstep and bass heavy pop track which is easily the centrepiece of the album with Jessie unleashing some seriously cool vocals to make this a must-listen tune.
Is there anything bad on the album? Well, not bad per se, but there’s definitely some tracks that are less than stellar – Youngblood Hawke’s ‘Bring Me Home’ is saved from being terrible by the great instrumentals but the vocals do nothing for us and Zedd’s ‘Into the Lair’ is much too short. The biggest misstep might be Nathan Sykes off The Wanted and Ariana Grande’s duet which, while not bad, is a bit lacklustre and could have done with better production. However, it’s lovely to see Nathan’s vocals back in full force after his recent throat surgery, and it’s worth it just for that.
Overall, the ‘Mortal Instruments: City of Bones’ soundtrack is a decent enough offering and one that should sway people to go see the movie alone – after all with artists like Jessie J and Demi Lovato at the helm, it might just be the film of the summer. The soundtrack is available now on iTunes.
Listen to ‘Magnetic’ below: