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Music Review: Twilight: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack

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Let's get my bias right out of the way: I'm a Twilight fan. I didn't wait in a midnight Barnes & Noble line or anything like that, but started reading the books out of curiosity.  It didn't take long for me to fall in love with Stephanie Meyer's work and the timeless quality inherent in her writing.  It is a contemporary story, no doubt, but mark my words, this is a book that will be around a long time.  I wish I could say the same about the movie soundtrack.

The album, which drops today (and gives the under 18 crowd something to do?), is the first salvo in what will probably be a media blitz leading up to the November 21st Twilight movie release.  The soundtrack features 12 songs by a mixed bag of artists which includes Muse, Linkin Park, and Collective Soul. 

Most of the album is heavy on fast beats and electric sounds, which have little in the way of intrinsic value.  Muse, Blue Foundation and Perry Farrell, do little to distinguish themselves as artists and just end up making a lot of noise.  Paramore, Linkin Park, and even Collective Soul come off as hopelessly poppy.  The Black Ghosts and Iron & Wine have strains of Simon & Garfunkel, but in a bad cover band kind of way.  What I think was meant to be soulful longing ends up sounding whiny instead.

I only found two bright spots on the album.  MuteMath lays down a fun track, that does fast beats and electric right.  Rob Pattinson, meanwhile, offers an acoustic number which has heart and style, and as a result seems out of place.  This original song by Pattinson, does give me hope for the movie, however, since he also plays Edward Cullen.  Then there was Bella's Lullaby.

This is the one song which plays an important role in the story, and one the producers had to get right.  They did not.  A weak piano melody is overlaid, and nearly drowned out, with a symphonic backdrop.  There is nothing interesting or moving about it, and what should be the musical heart of this movie falls tragically short.

Ultimately, I don't feel like there was a lot of thought put into this music.  The whole thing smacks of a money making effort, with songs chosen based on what some marketing agent thinks teens will listen to and buy. Now I pray that I'm wrong, but I just don't see how most of these pieces will compliment the story or the movie.  

 

Twilight: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack, from Chop Shop/Atlantic Records

1. Muse – Supermassive Black Hole
2. Paramore – Decode

3. The Black Ghosts – Full Moon
4. Linkin Park – Leave Out All The Rest
5. MuteMath – Spotlight (Twilight Mix)
6. Perry Farrell – Going All The Way (Into The Twilight)
7. Collective Soul – Tremble For My Beloved
8. Paramore – I Caught Myself
9. Blue Foundation – Eyes On Fire
10. Rob Pattinson – Never Think
11. Iron &Wine – Flightless Bird, American Mouth
12. Carter Burwell – Bella's Lullaby

 

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  • twilightluver

    I however, think that you were a little bit too HARSH regarding the soundtrack, and overall, I think the majority of the songs in the soundtrack are great, but some do feel out of place in the movie… I don’t know how “Leave Out All the Rest” would fit, and “Tremble For My Beloved” is a great song, but still I can’t picture it in the movie. Eyes On Fire is amazing for Twilight, and the soft melodies in the song really fit well, and Paramore’s two songs, but I REALLY WANT MORE MUSE FOR this SOUNDTRACK!!! Only Supermassive Black Hole??? I know they could have put more…
    And No Coldplay??? I felt some great songs were left out. Bella’s Lullaby isn’t the best, but nonetheless a beautiful composition for the movie…

  • Twilighter

    your crazy… the songs were perfect for the movie! i LOVED Bella’s Lullaby. The movie was incredible! The whole enchilada was a success.

  • MikeyC

    Good review, I generally agree, I thought Muse worked amazingly, but yes, Bella’s Lullaby should have solely been piano, which I thought massacred the whole concept behind the piece.

  • sarahm

    i thought some of the tracks were great,especially bella’s lullaby and eyes on fire.

  • Ceed

    Hey guys! I’m planning to create some soundtrack music videos for this movie. Not official though but just for fun and a little bit just for practice for film cutting and editing. Anyone would like to recommend songs? I’l start with it when i got my laptop

  • http://www.myspace.com/xgrudgexgirlx Stephanie

    I see what you mean. The songs just didn’t …. fit.
    And personally, since I play piano myself, Bella’s song was a huge disappointment. I expected something beautiful as itself, but instead they used a medium composition – not amazing but not exactly easy – and spiced it up with electronics for people who are easily amazed. It just didn’t work.

  • Alyssa

    mmmmk there must be something wrong with you this movie was freakin great and liked rocked totally. The song Bella’s Lullaby totally went with the movie and all the songs rock and make sense with the movies… Maybe you should actually listen to the songs when you watch the movie. It made alot of sense to me and my family that saw it so i think there is something wrong with you no offense but i don’t understand how you think they did a bad job on picking the songs for the movie.. Maybe I didn’t think or pay attention to the songs in the movie but they mad tons of sense to me. So some advice before you judge a movie think about how teenagers would feel about the song. Cause the movie is like almost a complete teenager movie but adults can still watch it but it will be more teenagers than adults soo yea… thats all I gotta say soo yup..

  • Teegan

    Gosh i thought i was like totally lame after reading ur review… just coz i loved the music! i loved bellas lullaby, and i dont know much about music, but i do know what i like :) and after reading the other comments i must say that i am relieved that im not the only one out there who adored the music.

    p.s, they did well, im a teen and i would definitely buy the soundtrack :D

    xox merry xmas.

  • Kayla

    I couldn’t agree with you more. Not a very well planned soundtrack. I thought I was the only one thinking what the hell?! I mean come on, Linkin Park..how unoriginal. seriously.

  • Bella

    During the scene where Jessica is telling Bella about the Cullens in the cafeteria… what is the piece called that is playing in the background?

  • Hillary

    I like it!

  • Hillary

    It was awesome.

  • MMMM

    JUST THE BEST MOVIE EVER

  • Katy

    This review is overly critical and uninsightful. Music is the centrepiece of a film, but must also accompany the camerawork and script well. Although I thought most of the script and some of the acting (the weird staring) was questionable in Twilight, the music is what seemed to hold it together and is what made me enjoy the film. Even if you think some of the songs on the soundtrack were obvious choices, it doesnt really matter when watching the film because they fit well. Bella’s Lullaby is meant to appeal to a wide audience not just pianists or talented muscians. From an untrained ear its a beautiful piece of music which fitted perfectly with the nature of the film. An untrained audience is what the film is trying to attract in the first place. I dont think its meant to be complex or perfect either. As for Iron and Wine, if you dont compare them with other atrists they make great nice songs in their own right.

  • emily

    i wish bella would become a vampire so she could be with edward fore ever.

  • Cayte

    I loved the movie. I watched it once and I was amazed! Just because I had no flippin’ idea what even Twilight was about. So, I was just taken aback at how good it was and rushed though the first book… which then led me to buy the soundtrack. And wow… I can now associate all the songs there to the movie! Like… they were ment for it? And then when I was reading New Moon… so many of the songs just went with what Bella and maybe Edward were going through at that point and time… just amazing is all I have to say =]

  • tie-nee

    hi !!
    can someone pleease tell me if you know the name of the melody thats always playing..for example when she’s googling to find out he’s a vampire??
    the best music is never on the soundtrack !! ;)
    thank you..

  • birdygirl

    what is the song playing when bella goes into the forest and finds out the truth about edward?????

  • birdygirl

    i thought the music fit the movie perfectly bellas lullaby was the best

  • tie-nee

    birdy girl !!
    here you go..

  • lovergirl

    edward i like the way you are!!!!!!!!!!!
    i hope you can come to the philippines!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    and you know i’m a big fan of yours
    sometimes i’m dreaming that i’m kristen stewart but it is so impossible a guy like you?! hmmmmmmm….
    and sometimes i’m dreaming that ur olways at my side
    i don’t know why i’m so inlove in you
    it’s maybe because ur so cute or ur so nice
    but i think because of ur so gorgeuos

  • twilght fan not you me

    i love edward and every thing twilight omg love twilight not you ME !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! GOT IT ? !

  • Milly

    I think the twilight series is great! The movie was fantastic! I love twilight so much!! Also where can I find Midnight Sun( Edwards Version of Twilight)? I have looked everywhere but cant find it. Well thats all from me but I thought it totally rocked!

  • Jessica

    I think twilight is a great book series! It illustrates the meaning of true love! Stephanie Meyer is an excellent writer and Im so greatful she created the books! Also I thought the movie was excellent it was great the music was fab! I LOVE TWILIGHT!I LOVE TWILIGHT!I LOVE THE CULLEN FAMILY ( INCLUDING BELLA!!!v

  • Sammy

    I personally, believe that some of the songs were not chosen properly, and some of these songs did not work well with the movie. I overall think that the movie was great, but i personally would choose the book. They leave out a lot of stuff out that is in the book. I love the books!!!lol yep :)

  • Steph

    I loved the twilight soundtrack, especially Bella’s Lullaby & Rob Pattinson’s Never Think. I was a little dissapointed that they did not encorporate a lot more of the instrumental music, I found them much more moving and entwined with the story than some of the songs from the actual soundtrack no matter how enjoyable they were

  • DESTINIE

    i really loved twilight and edward cullen is sosososososososososososososooooooooossososososososososososososo HOT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I WISH I CAN MEAT THE WHOLE CREW OF TWILIGHT IN PERSON THAT WOUGHD BE MY LIFE TIME DREAM IF I COUGHD MEAT THEM I WOUGHD FANT IF THERE WERE A CONTEST TO MEAT THEM IN PERSON AND I DID NOT WIN I WOUGHD BE REALLY MAD.ps I LOVE EDWARD IS REALLY CUTE.

  • Chloe Fryns

    SO FRIGGIN HOT!!! I so wish i were bella. that would be amazing!!!!!!! I would marry him as a vampire, I would not care if sucked all my blood if he had to. I mean, just to have a vampire for a boyfriend like edward. HOT!!!!!!

  • Chloe Fryns

    i wish i can meat twilight

  • lilly

    i totally agree. i like some of the music but it dosnt suit the movie. i imagined more soft melodies. the song ‘a little love song’ by jose vanders i think fits amazingly with twilight.

  • Leah!

    bella’s lullaby… OMJ!!! it is soo good! Fave song from the film gotta b Supermassive Blackhole by muse. does anyone kno wat song is playin wen edward is suckin all the venom out of bella? the people who dont like the music so much, fair enough but i thought the music was amazing and the film is amazing!!!ps edward is like… SO HOT!!! (im only 13 n im obsessed w him xD)

  • Leah!

    Haha my friend made a stupid thing!!–> OCD (obsessive cullen dissorder)

  • rae

    i love twilight

  • Sandy

    Okay,

    This is jus the BEST movie ever… Not long after seing the movie I went to buy the books, Read em all in less then a week, They are totally amazing, happy ending, with great stories that keep you reading them for hours and hours without even noticing it! Who doesn’t want more, really !? More thriling stories, more adventures, emotions, MORE of the amazingly, stunning, gorgeous, lovable, HOT EDWARD!!! =D

    Oh just ONE QUESTION… What’s the song edward plays on the piano at his house with bella, cant find it and I just LOVE IT!!! !?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?

    Stephanie, THANK YOU, not only did you write the best books but without kowing it you brought alot of hope in my life, and in the lifes of others I AM SURE!!!! <3

    <3 TWILIGHT <3

  • Courtney

    You’re wrong.
    The song’s in the movie were amazing and fit in perfectly with the modd of the current moment! It really showed how their feelings were up and down. I love all the music, and you obviously don’t know what you’re talking about!

  • Alice

    hey guys,for everyone that is searching for songs that are not on original soundtrack that songs are on the TWILIGHT THE SCORE SOUNDTRACK,name of the songs are- 1. How I Would Die,2. Who Are They?,3. Treaty,4. Phascination Phase,5. Humans Are Predators Too,6.I Dreamt Of Edward,7. I Know What You Are,8. The Most Dangerous Predator,9. The Skin Of A Killer,10. The Lion Fell In Love With The Lamb,11. Complications,12. Dinner With His Family,13. I Would Be The Meal,14. Bella’s Lullaby (Twilight Soundtrack Version),Listen 15. Nomads,16. Stuck Here Like Mom,17. Bella Is Part Of The Family,Listen 18. Tracking,Listen 19. In Place Of Someone You Love,Listen 20. Showdown In The Ballet Studio,Listen 21. Edward At Her Bed.and birdy girl the song when bella goes into the forest is I KNOW WHAT YOU ARE

  • Lisa

    I completely agree with you! I did enjoy the movie, but I feel as though each scene could have been much better if the music didn’t sound like the soundtrack to an 80’s film that I would probably laugh at. A movie’s soundtrack is so important in creating the right tone for the scenes, so let’s just hope that the soundtrack for New Moon will be a lot better!!!

  • mizzy

    i like twilight…
    is that real???the vampire????

  • http://www.geocities.com/vampiricstudies/lounge.html Alice

    for mizzy,i have a great site about vampires

  • HANA

    I TOTALLY AGREE WITH U GUYS THIS MOVIE IS TOTALLY AWSOME.THIS MOVIE SHOWS THE TRUE MEANING OF LOVE.EVERYTIME I WATCH THIS MOVIE I FELL LIKE A TRUE GIRL.I WISH THAT THERS A PART 2 OF TWILIGHT.AND I WISH THAT ROBERT AND KRISTEN WILL BE TOGETHER LIKE BF AND GF

  • Twlight Freak

    I love twilight but the books are better.the movie was still good thow i think the music was great and the actors were Awsome!!!!!!!!!! i can’t wait till they all come oput they’re mine on DVD.

  • Twlight Freak

    UMMMMMMMMMM………………..just to let yous all no Edward is not real. OK and he is not going to marry u freaks losers GOSH !!!!!!!!!!! dream on losers
    I like Robert Pattison jsut to let u no he is the actor of edward(not real)

  • Fanfan

    I just wonder if anyone know what song they play in the movie right after Edward sucks out the poison from Bellas arm, and until she wakes up at the hospital? when she kinda like dreams

  • http://dfksdf blah

    when they’re in his room and they put on the music, and says ” “” is great to ..Whats the song? lol

  • Renee

    MY FAVORITE SCENE IN “TWILIGHT” WAS THE SCENE BETWEEN “BELLA” & “EDWARD”…WHEN “EDWARD” SAID “YOUR LIKE A DRUG TO ME,MY OWN PERSONAL HERION!”..AND THE SONG PLAYING MADE THAT SCENE STAND OUT..I COULD NOT STOP REPLAYING THAT SCENCE..IT WAS SO SWEET!

  • jessie

    no what i expected it to be after seeing it,

  • brooke sullivan:]]]

    i love twilight soooo fucken muchh!!! i read, breath, live and watch twilight every single day:}<3!

  • Vianca Urbina

    Personaly I thought everything was just great. Everything when just right & I think who ever dessagrees with me Just didn’t get in to the movie. I personaly watch it everyday since it came out, & it just gets even better cause you get it more & makes me feel like I’m the one in the movie. I loved the song by Paramore-“Decode” what I been having trouble is in finding the actual piano song Edward played on the piano on (TWILIGHT) I just can’t seem to find it. & it’s not “Bella’s Lullaby” Its not “River Flows in you” neither. I just Hope the rest of the movies are even better!!!!!!!!!

  • stacy

    OMG I LOVE THE MOVIE TWILIGHT!!!!!!!!!I LOVE HOW EDWARD PLAYS BELLA’S LULLABY!AND THE MOVIE ACTUALY MAKES U FEEL LIKE UR IN THE MOVIE!I THINK THAT BELLA SHOULD TURN INTO A VAMPIRE.SO SHE CAN BE WITH EDWARD.AND I THINK IT WAS AMAZING HOW EDWARD SAVED BELLA FROM THE VAN.AND IF THEY MAKE ANY OTHER TWILIGHT MOVIES I BET THERE GOING TO BE AS GREAT AS THE FIRST!

  • ISABELL

    TWILIGHT WAS THE BEST MOVIE EVER!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I LOVE THE MOVIE .I COULDN’T STOP WATCHING THE MOVIE!MY FAV ACTOR IN THE MOVIE WAS ALICE. I LOVE HOW SHE YELLED ”STOP”, WHEN SHE SAW THE OTHER VAMPIRES COMING!LATERS (;

  • zee

    ummm just in case anyone wanted 2 no the song that edward played on his stereo in his room to show bella is claire du lune:debussy

    oh yeah i just wanted 2 say that i love the movie and all the books…. but not in an obbessed way….

    and i reckon the songs on the twilight soundtrack are awesome….. especially claire du lune and bellas lullaby

  • sam`

    i love twilight lol

  • suz

    There is a point in the movie where a song is played that is listed nowhere..and i mean nowhere, not even in the credits.

    it’s girls’ voices…just singing “ha haha haa haha”…something like that with music in the background. it’s at the part where bella hangs up the phone with her mother in the beginning of the movie after telling her about her first day and into the parking lot scene where bella says she planned to confront edward but he never showed…all the way up to the part where the first man is killed by the nomads.

    anybody know what it is?

  • cottonlily

    I agree in part. Yes, the music was geared toward teens and tweens, but so was the whole movie. That’s what was disappointing to me. The books were loved by all ages. The movie was great but definitely marketed to that easily obssessed generation. Overall I think the tracks were great and they did suit the movie – just not the novel. Bella’s Lullaby especially was a disappointment. Again, I understand it was supposed to woo that younger crowd but it was more of a symphonic piece rather than the intimate piano melody described in Meyer’s first book.

  • katelyn

    i love twilight dont ever ghange plese

  • anne

    I think, that Supermassive Black Hole is great song for this movie moment – baseball! :)

  • Jek

    The movie was okay.. but boring sort of.
    I really hate paramore, they should have put some better music in the movie. Although some of the music are good for the certain parts.

  • laura

    oooommmmmmggggg!!!!!!!!!!!i love twilight sooo much and i have watched it ten tomes literally!my favorite part was when they were playin base ball and i also loved the part where edward(rober pattinson)says “and so the lion fell in love with the lamb.what a stupid lamb. what a sick masochistic lion.”i also think edward is soooo cute!i am almost done readin the whole series im on the book eclipse and its soo good and they are such a cute couple in the movie and book!i think that kristen and robert should go out

  • jessica

    i love the book and AND THE MOVIE AND I AM A HUGE FAN OF KISS THE RAIN AND OFCOURSE EDWARD CULLEN!!!
    JUST ONE QUESTION…WILL NEW MOON RELEASE IN INDIA!!!!?.. PLEASE PLEASE MAY IT RELEASE…EVERYONE HERE IS DYING TO SEE IT BUT THEY R NOT ABLE TO CUZ I DONT THINK IT WILL RELEASE BUT I WISH IT DOES!!!!

  • Brittany Z

    I like what you were saying at the beginning and I feel the same way; last year I made fun of my friend for reading a book about vampires, but then I found myself slowly being sucked in and by this time last month I started reading them and I can’t stop rereading them, they’re very good ! However, I did like the soundtrack, whenever I hear decode by Paramore it reminds me of the books, and I love the Muse song and the Mutemath song as well.

  • sara

    hay guys….after i have seen twilight i was wishing to be in Bella`s place….it is a great movie…
    u know why?coz i don’t have much time in life and i guess i can’t stay with my lover for a long time…i wish to turn to a vampire to be with him for the rest of his life coz i know he will be in a deep pain when i leave….i will really miss him…i wish to be Bella…

  • ira mittal

    yo! it ws awsum and specially the song bella lullaby but sum of the songs did nt suit to the movie………..over all it ws…..like……i am speechless.I LOVE TWILIGHT………

  • ira mittal

    hey yo!!!!hw many of u think tht it is the best movie eva!!!!!Well frm my side it is…….wat about u??????????

  • aaaa

    do you know what was the song played during the credits?

  • Jackie

    I think MOST of the songs fit well.. I dont like rob pattinsons song.. and thats about it i love every other song especially Collective Soul Tremble for my beloved

  • nourhan

    iiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiii llllllooooooooooooovvvvvvvvveeeeeeeeeeee thiiiisd boy he is beauteful iiiiiiiiiiiiiiii like him i whis he do mmmmmo!

  • macey

    haha I just wonder how old most of the people on here are..

  • hailee hamilton

    I love all the songs from the sound track.but the one i liked the most was leave out all the rest because it was kind of foreshadowing for the next movie when edward leaves bella.

  • hailee hamilton

    I think that every i know loves the songs from twilight not just me.I always walking around sing roberts song’s he’s really talented.

  • anonymous

    O-M-G! lyke twilight is lyke totally like awsum! lyke yeah. lyke the soundtrack has lyke so many lyke gud songs. lyke ur so wrong. jease, get it strate! i lyke love edward. MARRY MEEEEE! lyke i woughd totally love to meat him.

  • sarah p

    i love the books as much as i love the film but i cant seem to find what the name of the song when edward has sucked the vennom out of her rist and the flash backs are playing doed any one know what that song is

  • Kaori

    I’ll admit that my friends were made when i told them when i liked twilight, but i don’t care. The songs on the soundtrack are awesome, my favorite song has to be i caught myself.

  • anonymous

    I personally thought the songs were the best part of the movie.

  • wunderkind

    Now I pray that I’m wrong, but I just don’t see how most of these pieces will compliment the story or the movie.

    That’s what the movie score is for.

  • natasha

    during twilight the music is awesome i think one of the best parts is baseball
    and when bella finds out edward is a vampire i just love the movie nealy every day i watch it theres something about it i do seek that it could be because jacob edward emmett and jasper are all hoti really want the cd for my birthday but thats in october the 16th how is there a way i could get it

  • kristal twilight fan

    i love this movie and the books the auther did a fantastic job with her imagination good on ya im kristal i live in south australia munno para i would like to talk to u guys in person or write ok thz bye =]’

  • kenzy

    all of the songs are beautiful becuse the film is very beutful i’v never see a film like twilight because it’s a genious film and it has a good story

  • itzel

    i LOVE twilight, love the books and movie and soundtrack EVERYTHING I really hope that stephenie publishes the 5th book :)

  • pancha

    i fucking love edward alrite bitches so he is mine….!!!!

  • chupitos

    i love dis movie it is so cutie…oh and i love edwar he is so fucking fine…..i just love him….

  • http://www.jeimusu.com James

    I enjoyed your article on the Twilight soundtrack. While I can’t comment myself on the quality of the music, I can say that the feed back I’ve received regarding my “unofficial” Twilight track has found a deep well of longing for some “heart felt” lyrics and melody. Many of the comments I’ve received are gushing with the words that you read from Twilight fans about the books themselves. Perhaps the album producers didn’t really understand the sentiment involved or depth of feeling that fans have for the franchise.

    My daughter is a big Twilight fan. My wife and I got the first two books for her at Christmas last year and she devoured them. I’m not a Twilight fan myself, but I do get swept away by emotion sometimes to the point that I weep. I think this is the kind of feeling that continues to draw in the Twilight fans. I knew when my daughter was excited with my song that I’d hit on something.

    Thanks for taking the time to read my comments.

    James.

  • paris

    i absoloutly hate some of ur music
    the rest of it is awsome well thats all that i wanted to say
    by the way im not telling about that proplem

  • deb

    Man – you were sooooooooo wrong!

  • renzo

    i read your book (the 4) 3 times and watched the movie (the 2) 10th times…!!!
    i love the bella’s lullaby also!!!
    and the decode , flightless bird, full moon … those are my faves!! but the what is the song when before bella got bumped into the car??? it says whooo whoo whoo whoo… please respond…

  • arica

    yea ur right they do…and a lot to, themovie was good, but the book is way better:]

  • jacob all the way

    Every one was raving of twilight and i though it was a stupid movie but then at my birthday all my friends wanted to watch twilight so under sufference i watched it and fell in love with it.I was team edward till new Moon and then jacob apears all grown up (which they show the change quite well) and then i became TEAM JACOB soooo HOT. have the bigest poster ever. The movie was great but i have to agree the books are better they give more detail to the story line and they miss the most importent parts.Twilight story line is awsome .GO WAREWOLVES

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