“Twilight” soundtrack review

2 Dec

Twilight Soundtrack

By now you’ve made up your mind on “Twilight” – you’re either a fan or you aren’t.

There are a few of us who are somewhere in the middle – we love and hate it, and we mostly consider it a guilty pleasure.

What I’ve discovered I probably like more than either the book or the movie is the movie’s soundtrack.

I was burned on the last movie soundtrack I purchased.

I bought it thinking the songs sounded great in the movie – and they did. But as a soundtrack, as a cohesive whole, they just didn’t fit. It couldn’t stand on its own.

I worried the “Twilight” soundtrack would turn out the same. With bands as diverse as Mutemath, Linkin Park, Iron and Wine and Muse, I wasn’t sure the songs could jive.

Although the songs are all very different, they work to create and support the film’s dark, moody feel.

The soundtrack kicks off with Muse’s “Supermassive Black Hole,” one of the best songs of the 2000s. With its sexy lyrics and slinky music, it’s a great way to kick off the CD.

The first of Paramore’s two contributions to the soundtrack follow. “Decode” was written with “Twilight” in mind, and the band does a terrific job of nailing down an essence of the “Twilight” story with both music and lyrics. This song could’ve easily been a cheesy, fanfic-ish send up to “Twilight,” but it doesn’t sound that way at all.

A fun surprise on the CD is Collective Soul’s “Tremble for My Beloved.” The tune was originally released back in 1999 (!!!!), but it has held up surprisingly well and works well on the soundtrack.

Robert Pattinson, one of the “Twilight” stars, contributes “Never Think” (and “Let Me Sign,” if you happen to have the “deluxe” version). Both of his songs are interesting but aren’t really distinct enough to tell what kind of musical direction he’s going for. Still, his voice is really unique, so his tracks are a joy to hear.

Other outstanding tracks include “Flightless Bird, American Mouth” by Iron & Wine, “Eyes on Fire” by Blue Foundation “Spotlight” by Mutemath and “Full Moon” by The Black Ghosts.

The sole misstep on the album is, as much as it pains me to say it, Perry Farrell’s “Go All the Way (Into the Twilight).” The song feels like a mess, and it just doesn’t fit in well with the rest of the soundtrack.

Take away the “Twilight” context, and the soundtrack works surprisingly well as a stand-alone mixtape-of-sorts. Every good soundtrack should do that, I think, and the “Twilight” soundtrack definitely does.

If you enjoyed the music featured in the film, definitely pick up the soundtrack. You won’t be disappointed.

2 Responses to ““Twilight” soundtrack review”

  1. coffee January 17, 2009 at 4:25 pm #

    i don’t understand what is the appeal of Robert Pattinson (Edward); he has an unusually shaped nose

  2. sheenabarnett January 18, 2009 at 11:51 am #

    lol…ask a tween and you’ll get your answer 🙂

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