Artist: "Various Artists"
Album: "Nightmare Revisited"
Genre: Miscellaneous
Label: Walt Disney Records

Reviewer: KennyTheInsane
Posted: 10/17/2011

Review: An album released by Disney to commemorate the 15th anniversary of the movie Nightmare Before Christmas, with songs from the original movie covered by modern rock, alternative, and nu-metal artists. Now that you know the formula, I could probably stop right here, and you'd have a pretty good idea of whether this album is for you. But you clicked on a link for a full review, and by God you're getting one.

I would go as far as to say that this album is a lot of fun, but it's not for everyone. If you're one of those hardcore Nightmare fans, that still hasn't gotten tired of singing the songs with your friends after 15 years, and couldn't imagine a visit to Disneyland without your Jack Skellington hoodie, I'm not going to bother to recommend this album to you. You probably already illegally downloaded all your favorites tracks from Nightmare Revisited 2 years ago. And if you haven't, why not?*

If you've never seen the movie, don't write this album off too quickly. Besides just being a fun listen by itself, it can be a good crash course in Nightmare mythology, without having to sit and watch the movie. If you've seen the movie, but you aren't usually a fan of Korn or The All-American Rejects, you might be surprised at what you find yourself enjoying.

Some tracks, like "Making Christmas" by Rise Against, sound awkward at first coming from just one vocalist, instead of an ensemble of monsters. At the same time, other tracks like Marilyn Manson's dark nu-metal rendition of "This Is Halloween" somehow manage to sound more fitting than the original, despite the fact that Manson can't sing worth his own weight in black eyeliner.

There's also a few instrumental tracks by slightly more obscure artists, like DeVotchKa, The Yoshida Brothers, and Amiina. These are all either inspired by or remixed from the original score. They're a fun little addition, especially if you have a thing for eccentric instrumentals.

So, for the final word, is it an epic symphonic masterpiece? Not really. Does it need to be? Not Really, it's fan service, and a damn good piece of fan service. This will likely be a hit if you have a lot of 90s kids at your next Halloween party.

(*I-Mockery does not condone stealing music. At least, I don't think they do. It's just a user review! I won't survive in prison!)

Overall rating: WholeWholeWholeHalf
(Scored on a 0.5 - 5 pickles rating: 0.5 being the worst and 5 being the best)

Reader Comments

Oct 17th, 2011, 04:55 PM
but you might as well download it to get the tiger army digital only song.
Full of Country Goodness
Oct 19th, 2011, 09:19 PM
Yeah, I'll pull out the snob card on this one. A few of the songs on this album have incorrect lyrics. I had downloaded this last year sometime and it began to bother me after a few playthroughs. The one that comes to mind at the moment is the Marilyn Manson cover of "This is Halloween." The lyric "Red and Black and spider green" they sing as "Red and Black and slimy green." That's just the one I can pull off the top of my head, but it happens through more than one song. I thought it bespoke an overall lack of quality in the album. I mean if the arrangers didn't care enough to get the lyrics right, well then damn it.
Yeah yeah, nitpickish and snobbish, but I love that soundtrack. Hearing the Hot Topic crew cover it full of errors just didn't do enough for me to want to keep it.

And yes, the digital audio songs were the best, imo.
Gix Gix is offline
Oct 21st, 2011, 03:16 AM
i usually avoid hot topic
love both soundtracks but i have a deep passion for nightmare before christmas :P
Oct 24th, 2011, 08:39 PM
I like the movie a great deal, but I was underwhelmed by this album.
Nov 7th, 2011, 02:34 PM
Hot Topic ruined A Nightmare Before Christmas. Also, this album sucked.
Forum Virgin
Nov 27th, 2011, 06:43 AM
Other than Korn's offering, Tiger Army's song is pretty kick.