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
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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