Title - 'Sound of Superman' (Rhino)
Artist - Various
Containing 14 tracks from up-and-coming power pop-rock bands, all loosely collected around the theme of Krypton's favorite son 'Sound Of Superman' is a spiritied, if not odd little gathering to say the least! Ranging from reinventions of super-powered classics to all-new songs dedicated to Clark Kent's alter-ego, Rhino's unique disc salutes a legend and sends young WMG-affiliated bands souring to new heights. The Academy Is… turn in an energetic reading of R.E.M.'s "Superman," while new versions of the Flaming Lips' "Waiting for a Superman" and Donovan's "Sunshine Superman" are mostly disposable renderings of their earlier versions. Sound of Superman sticks pretty much in the preteen appealing guitar rock vein - braver cover choices would have been to revisit 1975's funky "Black Superman Muhammad Ali" or Johnny "Guitar" Watson's "Superman Lover."