FULL SOUNDTRACK LISTING: 2Pac (Can't C Me), Airbourne (Heads Are Gonna Roll), Alice In Chains (Them Bones), B.o.B (Created A Monster), Bang Camaro (Revolution), Beastie Boys (Sabotage), Black Sabbath (Paranoid), Cypress Hill (Get ‘Em Up), Helmet (Unsung), Iron Maiden (Aces High), Judas Priest (Painkiller), Kid Rock (I Am The Bullgod), Killswitch Engage (Reckoning), Korn (Blind), Mastodon (Divinations), Nas feat. Puff Daddy (Hate Me Now), Nirvana (Breed), Pantera (Walk), Public Enemy (Shut Em Down), Rage Against The Machine (Guerrilla Radio), Set Your Goals (Gaia Bleeds) (Make Way for Man), Slipknot (Duality), System Of A Down (Sugar), The Vanity Plan (Before I Die), Young Dre The Truth (Cheah Beah)
AT FIRST GLANCE: Now, I've never been great when it comes to deductive reasoning—however, if I had to venture a guess, this soundtrack appears to be the byproduct of one of EA Sports' summer interns carelessly leaving his iPod lying around while still playing in shuffle mode.
This slapdash slurry of mostly early-2000s rap-metal, hip-hop from no particular era, and a dash of metal-metal resembles a playlist that you might find on the laptop of a first-year university student who actually partakes in decent music—one who isn't into indie rock or, conversely, hardcore Drum and Bass.
WHAT'S HOT: Thug poet Tupac Shakur's appearance in the Madden series is a pleasant surprise. What is even more surprising, however, is that EA opted to go with one of his publicly lesser-recognized songs. Instead of going with "California Love" (as I'm sure most would've expected), they chose a track featuring funk legend George Clinton that stands up well on its own.
With that in mind, however, I have two concerns regarding this song choice.
For starters, I'm pretty sure this will end up sounding more like an instrumental track with the large volume of expletives that will have to be censored from the original version.
Secondly, I just hope that Madden fans unfamiliar with the hip-hop genre don't get the wrong idea that Tupac is just stealing John Cena's bit.
The Madden soundtrack, however, does contain a number of old favourites, including the Beastie Boys' "Sabotage," Black Sabbath's "Paranoid," and Rage Against the Machine's "Guerrilla Radio," which should make for some good listening.
WHAT'S NOT: While the soundtrack is, for the most part, tolerable, there are still a number of sore spots in this year's lineup.
Now, I'm going to come off as a bit of a hypocrite for saying this because back in Grade Seven—a time when my musical tastes weren't fully developed—I purchased Kid Rock's album "Devil Without a Cause," solely because "Bawitdaba" was on it. "I Am The Bullgod" was, likewise, one of the tracks from said album, and I can safely say that it won't be one of the tracks on Madden 10 anymore once I put the mute button to it.
(Seriously, "Bawitdaba" was a pretty enjoyable back in the day. Don't be hatin'.)
Also, I don't know much about Young Dre The Truth, so I'm basing my opinion of his song entirely off of my initial perception of his name and song title. If my hypothesis is correct, "Cheah Beah" is likely a garbled disarray of indiscernible English mistakenly passing itself off as a hype song.
And the name, Young Dre The Truth? Seriously, hip-hop artists of the 21st century, can't we just have names anymore that don't screw with the rules of proper diction?
This guy belongs in the same category as Soulja Boy Tell 'Em, for example. That's not a name, young man—it's a mothereffing verb. That's something you do. You are Soulja Boy and, apparently, you tell 'em.
But for crying out loud, don't turn the whole sequence into your rap moniker! You don't see me listing myself on B/R as "Nick Frost Writing Articles," do you?
Same goes for Young Dre The Truth. Are you "Young Dre" or are you "The Truth"? And if you're both, can't you be "Young Dre (a.k.a. The Truth)"? Or, "The Truth [COMMA] Young Dre"? What is this, amateur hour?!
OVERALL RATING: 8 / 10
HOW MANY SONGS WILL I END UP NOT MUTING?: 15 / 25