Picks and Pans Review: Music from and Inspired by the Batman & Robin Motion Picture

updated 07/07/1997 AT 01:00 AM EDT

originally published 07/07/1997 AT 01:00 AM EDT

Various Artists

Let's hope the title's "inspired by" means much of this joyless stuff didn't make the movie's final cut. The album functions primarily as a sampler of music by unknowns—the electro-pop duo Moloko and neo-soul man Eric Benét—and superstars alike. So we have Smashing Pumpkins dabbling in gothic electronica on "The Beginning Is the End Is the Beginning," R.E.M. aping Sonic Youth's garage-band ethic with a noisy "Revolution" and Jewel theatrically sulking on the dirgelike "Foolish Games." R. Kelly's "Gotham City," an acoustic call for peace and unity, will make fans wish the formerly oversexed star gets back to bumping and grinding real soon. (Warner Sunset/Warner Bros.)

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