As a note inside Cry Wolf explains, its track list is meant to represent MP3s downloaded by one of the film's main characters. There's some indie-minded stuff from the Sub Pop camp, including Low, Helio Sequence, and Rogue Wave. Emanuel's "Breathe Underwater" is emo-inflected punk-pop, while the bland alt-metal of Adema's "Planets" seems included because of its "I won't cry wolf" chorus lyric. For that matter, there's a flimsy, cutesy cover of Duran Duran's "Hungry Like the Wolf" by Sparklemotion, L.A.-based new wave revivalists who were last heard covering Cyndi Lauper on the Napoleon Dynamite soundtrack. The plot tie-ins don't stop there: the "Wolf" of the film's title dispatches his victims with a knife, so there's a coffeehouse acoustic version of Bryan Adams' "Cuts Like a Knife," and "Knife" from up-and-comers Miracle of 86. None of this music makes very much of an impression. The songs seem to fit into preordained categories, whether by plot association or genre requirement. The Sage Francis, Will Oldham, and Alias collaboration "Sea Lion" lends some bona fide creepiness to the set, but that's about it. With its "Owen's Westlake Mix" frame, Cry Wolf tries to add a modern twist to the teen movie soundtrack. But it doesn't go far enough and ends up coasting on formula, sort of like the glorified slasher film itself.
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AllMusic Review by Johnny Loftus