Part of what makes the film version of "Twilight" work is the fact that its music fits it perfectly. For fans of the film (and the book) this soundtrack provides those songs in a near perfect collection.
Opening with the "baseball" song from the film, Muse's "Supermassive Black Hole," the tone is set early for the remainder of the disc. The song is haunting, funky, and very listenable. From there the album roles into the first of two Paramore tunes, "Decode." Personally, I find this to be the strongest offering by Paramore on the album. The Black Ghost's "Full Moon" and the surprisingly good "Leave Out All The Rest" by Linkin Park follow.
The next three songs (and the track from Muse) are, in my opinion the best reasons to purchase this album. Mutemath's "Spotlight" is upbeat and infectious and is my favorite song on the album. Perry Farrell offers up "Go All The Way (Into The Twilight)" and this is followed up by 90's rockers Collective Soul's "Tremble For My Beloved."
Paramore's second (and weaker) track, "I Caught Myself," is next, and although it is good, it drags down the album's momentum. Blue Foundation's "Eyes On Fire" and Robert Pattinson's Chris Isaak-on-sedatives-like "Never Think" do very little to help repair the damage from Paramore, but don't entirely kill the album.
The album closes with the excellent "Flightless Bird, American Mouth" from Iron & Wine and "Bella's Lullaby" keyed by Carter Burwell. These two songs redeem the previous tracks and make for a well-rounded album.
Is it worth five stars? Not at all, but it is one of the best soundtracks to be rolled out in a long time. Fans of pop, emo and techno will find this album to their liking. Fans of the film will also enjoy this album. Recommended.
Pros: Skilled music Cons: Uninspiring (to me), very little diversity The Bottom Line: Let's face it; the bottom line is not impressed. Though I've not reviewed a soundtrack by Carter Burwell before, I've seen his name around plenty of times. Enough to know it when I spotted it. Surprisingly enough, I was referred to this soundtrack by a friend, whose musical tastes are a far cry from what we've got going on here. … more
Pros: Nice collection of songs, a few stellar tracks from lesser known artist, Robert Pattinson's songs... Cons: ...a few unnecessary remixes, Bella's Lullaby :( The Bottom Line: The Twilight Soundtrack is surprisingly good. I'm honestly looking forward to the indie-goodness that seems to be the New Moon soundtrack even more, however... Okay, I am painfully aware of the fact that I'm a twenty-two year old woman … more
Despite looking extremely cool, I have to admit that I'm a dork. I grew up on the outskirts of the small town of Oberlin, LA. I have since relocated to the Lake Charles, LA area.I love my home state … more
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Based on Stephenie Meyer's #1 New York Times Bestseller of the same name, TWILIGHT explores the complex intertwining of teenage romance and the dark world of vampires. Chop Shop Records compiled this soundtrack with songs that accentuate the film's already ethereal atmosphere. Featuring two brand-new songs by Paramore (including the single "Decode") and one new track by Perry Farrell, TWILIGHT is just as much an adventure as the film. Also included are songs by Muse, Linkin Park, and a contribution by one of the film's stars, Rob Pattinson, who portrays the character Edward Cullen.
Song List: Disc 1 1. Supermassive Black Hole 2. Decode 3. Full Moon 4. Leave Out All The Rest 5. Spotlight [Twilight Mix] (mix) 6. Go All The Way (Into The Twilight) 7. Tremble For My Beloved 8. I Caught Myself 9. Eyes On Fire 10. Never Think 11. Flightless Bird, American Mouth 12. Bella's Lullaby