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Review: Twilight: Eclipse – The Soundtrack

Keegan Forte is blogger from New York City. On her Blog, Music Is My Forte, she writes about concerts and music industry happenings. You can follow her on Twitter at @keeganforte.

There are three groups of people that exist when it comes to Twilight: Team Edward, Team Jacob and Team Who Gives A Shit.

But a fourth party has quickly become a vital part of the scene and it’s of course, wait for it, Team I Love The Indie Music Soundtrack. Although I’m absolutely Team Edward (duh) and actually a fan of the movie, it’s really the music that has spiked my interest. The soundtracks for Twilight and Twilight: New Moon were great, the former being much better, but Eclipse trumps them both.

Although New Moon did a bang up job of piling on well-known and widely loved indie artists, the songs individually as building blocks to a soundtrack were weak, which when put together only made it crumble into oblivion. As for Twilight (The Original Motion Picture) it was majorly different from the two later albums – but good different. Yes, it encompassed the dark, melodramatic teen [vampire/werewolf] angst of the Twilight Saga, but done more so with hard rock bands like Linkin Park and Paramore (both of which whom I love dearly).

Sia

This new soundtrack for Twilight: Eclipse comes at perfect timing, where indie crazed music fans are at their peak of loving what they love most. Artists like Band of Horses and The Black Keys are now critically acclaimed rockers opening for biggies like Pearl Jam. Vampire Weekend is currently on a sold out North American tour and Sia has seamlessly shifted herself into the indie genre, tightly grasping the ears (and hearts) of all music heads alike. Hipsters beware, has too much indie gone too mainstream?? That’s a can of worms that we’ll open at a later date if and when the time is right.

Back to my point – which was, errr, oh right, Twilight: Eclipse (The Soundtrack) equals b-a-n-a-n-a-s. Not only have a bunch of well-known and widely loved indie artists been compiled together again but this time, unlike the last, the album took the movie’s theme and ran with it. It is described best as dark and dramatic with a bit of happiness (which is only ripped away from you and replaced with more darkness and drama). But also unlike the last album, each individual song is worth some chatter.

Although a few do have their faults, as a whole the album gets a loud hip-hip-hooray from me. Here is a brief breakdown of my top 6 songs (in very specific order).

6. The Bravery “Ours” – Typical Bravery. Awesome.
5. The Black Keys “Chop & Change” – I will never get enough of their old school, classic sound.
4. Cee Lo Green “What Part of Forever (Johan Hugo Remix) – Bonus Track. Sometimes just sprinkling a mellow song with some dance beats can make a world of a difference.
3. Beck & Bat For Lashes “Let’s Get Lost” – You will get lost in this song. Pun very much intended.
2. Florence + The Machine “Heavy In Your Arms” – It speaks for everything the film stands for. It’s dark and emotional and her voice is phenomenal. The soul in her vocals really shines through on this one.
1. Sia “My Love” –Chills and tears followed by repeating the song 6 times.

Now form your own opinion and stream Twilight: Eclipse for . The album drops June 8th and is, of course, available on pre-sale.

Keegan Forte I want you to leave here everyday with a good sound in your ears with something new to listen to, a song that defines your day or week or life, a quote that will get you by and, of course, a desire to come back for more. As it says in Time Out New York’s book “1,000 Songs To Change Your Life:” “Music is everywhere we turn, unavoidable and inescapable. It provides a soundtrack for adolescence and adulthood, Saturday nights and Sunday mornings, relationships and break-ups, lives and deaths. Its simple ubiquity makes it the cultural air that we breathe.” …see full bio

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  • Comment by 1st birthday party cakes posted July 01, 2010 at 18:12

    I worship Twilight, especially the newest one.

  • Comment by Sang Magnus posted July 02, 2010 at 14:59

    Oh my goodness I cant wait to catch this movie! Going this weekend for sure.