5.30.2011

New Track: "Rise Above" from Spider-Man Turn Off the Dark


For being the most expensive musical in Broadway history, Spider-Man Turn Off the Dark is a very troubling affair. With numerous changes to its crew, early critical reports about the songs and story, and injury after injury from malfunctioning stage and set pieces, it seems like this would be the time to put this musical in the dark itself. Yet the musical is now (finally) set to arrive on Broadway for the general public in mid-June, and the first song has been revealed via iTunes.

There had been reports that the music that U2 frontmen Bono and The Edge had composed for the show were lackluster and ultimately unrewarding. It was even reported that Bono had suggested the show "sucked," but it's interesting what people can accomplish with just a little more time acquired. After listening to the new track "Rise Above," it actually sounds kind of good.

The track doesn't have the typical sing-songy approach that most traditional musicals employ, but then again, this is not a typical musical. It does smell of modern U2-influence, but it doesn't really detract from Reeve Carney's vocals (who sounds suspiciously like Bono himself). "Rise Above" is purposefully pleasing and catchy, and if the rest of the Broadway musical provides this kind of poppy essence, we might have ourselves an intriguing listen.

You can take a look for yourself down below, and if you like what you hear, you can keep track of Spider-Man Turn Off the Dark, whose soundtrack debuts day-and-date with the opening of the show on June 14th (or so we hope).

Reeve Carney (feat. Bono and The Edge) - "Rise Above"

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