Scream was one of those rare teen phenomenons -- a huge motion picture that failed to generate a hit soundtrack. The producers attempted to rectify that situation with Scream 2, filling the soundtrack with alt-pop, hip-hop and urban stars, adding a couple of up-and-comers and Nick Cave's omnipresent "Red Right Hand" for good measure. It reads better than it plays. The two best moments are covers, with the Jon Spencer Blues Explosion tearing through Dr. John's "Right Place, Wrong Time" and D'Angelo successfully tackling the wonderful Prince obscurity, "She's Always in My Hair." Other bands -- Dave Matthews Bands, Foo Fighters, Everclear, Collective Soul -- sound like they're contributing material that wasn't good enough to make their own albums. A few cuts, such as the Eels' "Your Lucky Day in Hell," are passable, but there are a couple of atrocious moments, which both figure heavily in the movie itself: Less Than Jake's plodding, smarmy cover of "I Think I Love You" and Master P's frighteningly incompetent title track, whose main hook is his ridiculous "UUUUUHHH!" trademark, repeated after Silkk Tha Shocker lethargically murmurs "Scream." It was supposed to be the hit, but instead it set the tone for an uneven, disappointing album.
AllMusic Review by Stephen Thomas Erlewine