Various Artists - The Twilight Saga: New Moon Soundtrack
Record Label: Chop Shop/Atlantic Records
Release Date: October 20, 2009
I really can't take this vampire thing anymore. When did teenage angst and melodrama have to be mixed with Van Helsing? Does anyone remember Teen Wolf? An American Werewolf in London? Does anyone remember when these movies were done right?
Yeah, I don't like anything about the Twilight series, so my noggin was sparked with curiosity, and bit of excitement, upon hearing about the movie adaptation's next installment having an accompanied soundtrack filled with Thom Yorke, Grizzly Bear, Death Cab For Cutie, Bon Iver, and so on.
What, with the first film's soundtrack containing cuts by Iron and Wine, Muse and Paramore, mixed with author Stephenie Meyer's open love for bands such as The Arcade Fire and Motion City Soundtrack, the track listing to New Moon's soundtrack shouldn't be a surprise to anyone.
The compilation starts with the movie's single, Death Cab for Cutie's "Meet Me on the Equinox," and it's nothing further from the structures that made up the band's last album Narrow Stairs. Band of Skulls drones in with "Friends," which leads way into Thom Yorke's "Hearing Damage," more electronic solo crooning, but a bit more accessible than Yorke's solo debut The Eraser.
Lykke Li is where the problem of the soundtrack lies. I can't listen to this music without thinking of where it will end up in the melodrama of some teenager metamorphosing into a CGI werewolf. "Possibility" is a beautiful song, but I can't help feeling its placement in the film would kill its blossoming melody in the end. The same could be said with Anya Marina's "Satellite Heart."
Sea Wolf's "The Violent Hour" is a catchy rocker, while it would seem two slayers of grandeur rock, The Killers and Muse, slow it down with their songs "A White Demon Love Song" and "I Belong to You (New Moon Remix)," respectively. OK Go switch their sound up a bit with "Shooting the Moon," vocally distant, layered with a forefront of instrumentation.
Of the two tracks I've been looking forward to, their results sum up my feelings for this horrid franchise's soundscape. Grizzly Bear's "Slow Life" is a bit different from much of this year's Veckatimest, but the guest vocals of Beach House's Victoria Legrand's counter to singer Ed Droste's chorus line is the key to the song's up and down beauty. As to the counter of Bon Iver and St. Vincent's Annie Clark's "Roslyn," the duo don't play off of each other as much as they drift in accompaniment for the song's duration.
The feeble, new-age music handlers for New Moon may have gotten away with a stellar line-up for their less than stellar movie franchise. Unfortunately for us, the results of the soundtrack are mixed, and more than likely, the elitist in me feels this is going to be a half-ass introduction of what many kids will think is "indie" and "hip."
I feel they may have gone for too much indie cred on this one. Terrible movies, but the first sold 2 million copies of its soundtrack. Girls I know who are obsessed with Twilight haven't picked this up, because as tragic as it is, most young girls don't know Thom Yorke, or Bon Iver, or Grizzly Bear. At least in the tween market, which Twilight is definitely in. On the plus side, those who do buy it may learn something about music. Bad luck to those who already bought their Taylor Swift tickets...
Sadly, I think the success of the album will turn on whether DCFC's single can get as much pull as Decode did. Which is highly doubtful. What's that song up to on Paramore's MySpace -- 70 million plays?
Admittedly, the Twilight soundtrack/movie music selections were good. I'll have to check this out. Initially, I was excited to see DCFC, but none of the other artists entice me to check this out. Good review, sir.
try divorcing the music from the movie in your mind. if you can do that, you might be pleasantly surprised. but god, it's tough, i definitely feel you on that one, Adam
I found it easy as hell. I'm just listening to some good tunes.
So what if it has that stupid Twilight title.
The Hope Floats soundtrack is awesome, and that was one cornball movie.
This is some gooooood stuff. Looooove it.
detaching from the movie was very hard, but my main problem with it is that the songs don't touch the back catalog of these great artists. Again, I'm looking at this from a casual listener, not one of us, who are discovering these bands for the first time. I'd rather give them some other cuts, that's all.