- Released: June 6, 1995
- Label: Atlantic
Spin - 9/95, pp.110-111
8 - Very Good - "...who looks to a soundtrack...for enduring artistic statements? They're about surplus: throwing another bone in the direction of longtime fans and winning a few new ones with help from a giant media platform....[BATMAN FOREVER is] the sort of album where bands keep proving to be a little better than you'd assumed..."
Melody Maker - 8/5/95, p.35
"...something for everyone..."
Musician - 9/95, p.93
"...though BATMAN FOREVER bounces from Mazzy Star to Method Man to Offspring to Seal, it remains a remarkably unified piece of work..."
Producers include: Nellee Hooper, Bono, The Edge, Flood, Polly Jean Harvey.
Engineers include: Robbie Adams, Flood, Terry Manning.
Seal's "Kiss From A Rose" won the 1996 Grammy Awards for Record Of The Year, Song Of The Year and Best Male Pop Vocal Performance.
U2's "Hold Me, Thrill Me, Kiss Me, Kill Me" was nominated for 1996 Grammy Awards for Best Rock Performance By A Duo Or Group With Vocal and Best Rock Song.
Personnel: PJ Harvey (vocals, guitar, organ); Colin Devlin, Dan Hoerner, Jeremy Enigk (vocals, guitar); Dexter Holland, Michael Hutchence, Seal (vocals); Lenny Kravitz (guitar, Clavinet, drums, background vocals); John Parish (guitar, drums, percussion); Chris Bruce, William Jones, Dan Tomlin, Gus Isidore, James Johnston, Greg Bone, Noodles, Peter Devlin (guitar); Maurice Seezer (piano, keyboards, programming); George DeAngelis, Marcus De Vries (keyboards, programming); David Clayton , Greg Wells, Jamie Muhoberac, Amp Fiddler (keyboards); Jean-Marc Butty, Harvey Mason, Sr. , Ron Welty, Roy Dodds, Se n Devitt, William Goldsmith, Tim Simenon (drums); Carmen Rizzo (percussion); Don Hozz, Garry Hughes (programming); Dan Navarro, Gavin Friday, Rick Nowels (background vocals).
Audio Mixers: David Domanich; Flood; Lenny Kravitz; Mark "Spike" Stent; Prince Rakeem; Steve Fitzmaurice; Thom Wilson ; Tim Weidner; Bob Clearmountain; Brad Wood ; Tim Simenon.
Photographers: Herb Ritts; Ralph Nelson.
Arrangers: Gavin Friday; Lenny Kravitz; Maurice Seezer; Prince Rakeem.
The post-ZOO TV U2 seem like the perfect musical ambassadors for Hollywood's third installment of the Batman saga, BATMAN FOREVER. Just like Bruce Wayne, they are so constantly play-acting (is he Bono or is he The Fly?) that "reality" seems to veer with perspective; and just like original director Tim Burton's Gotham City, U2 now exists in a vacuum driven by old vices and new technologies. So, "Hold Me, Thrill Me, Kiss Me, Kill Me," the band's T. Rex-meets-Soul II Soul contribution to the album, holds up equally well as a U2 track and as the film's theme, exploring the dualities of superficial contentment and inner turmoil.
In fact, for such an eclectic and star-studded soundtrack, BATMAN FOREVER goes a long way towards clearly defining the film's atmosphere. The Offspring's cover of an old Damned classic strikes up a little rage and chaos; PJ Harvey exhibits some Led Zep-like blues lust; Method Man and The Flaming Lips add a touch of the diabolical; and Seal and Eddi Reader provide the few tender moments that the folks in Gotham share. The only thing that seems left unexplored is the roar of the Batmobile, and there's a colored glossy of that in the CD booklet.