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The Twilight Saga: New Moon - The Score Soundtrack

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On december 11 comes the highly anticipated release from academy award nominated composer alexandre desplat, 'the twilight saga: new moon the score'. Highly regarded desplat is the winner of numerous awards including 2008's 'film score of the year' & 'best original score for a drama film' by the international film critics association (the curious case of benjamin buttons), winner of the 2007 golden globe for best original score (the painted veil), and two-time academy award nominee (the queen & the curious case of benjamin button). The twilight saga: new moon is the second installment of the highly successful film franchise twilight, an action-packed, modern day vampire love story. The twilight saga: new moon original motion picture soundtrack featuring death cab for cutie, muse and australian only bonus track 'thunderclap' by eskimo joe has sold in excess of platinum sales since its release a month ago.
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Product Details

  • Audio CD (November 20, 2009)
  • Original Release Date: November 20, 2009
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Soundtrack
  • Label: E1 Entertainment
  • Run Time: 130 minutes
  • ASIN: B002Q4TKC2
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (134 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #85,825 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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By E. OMalley on December 5, 2009
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I must say first that I am stunned by the negative reviews for this score and the calls to bring Carter Burwell back (and to the reviewer hawking her own music while negatively reviewing this one...is this to give you more cred or what? It made me dismiss your review out-of-hand). Burwell did a nice score for Twilight and it was fine for that movie (although rather repetitive and insubstantial), but Alexandre Desplat brings the score for New Moon to a whole new level. This is a gorgeous score that gripped me from the opening title of the movie to the very end. I agree with those who state it is haunting - it is. It beautifully accents the sadness of love lost in this movie. When I first listened to the soundtrack and heard Desplat's "The Meadow (New Moon)" I was thrilled he was scoring this movie. BTW, in keeping with the soundtrack's goal to have all the songs unique to that album, "The Meadow" is not repeated on this one but the beautiful theme certainly is.

New Moon is a very different movie experience than Twilight, and Desplat elected not to listen to Burwell's score and just treat this score as its own entity. Do I wish he had listened to Burwell's work to use a theme or two? Not really. While I am curious how he would've improved "Bella's Lullaby" (which is pretty, but NOT an incredible piece of music) I don't think it is a detraction from this score that he didn't carry on with the themes. Yes, these movies are part of a series, but as they have different directors for each one with different visions I don't find it a problem that they have different composers with different visions either. Chris Weitz went with a dramatic, epic romance feel to the film and Desplat followed through with that in the music.
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The New Moon score is much more complex, more traditionally classical than Twilight's score. Alexandre Desplat really tells the story of New Moon and brings the emotions of Bella, Edward, and Jacob to life through his music. "Volturi Waltz" is disturbing, as it should be. "Bella Dreams" and "Victoria" are particularly moving. "Full Moon" in particular really brings the anticipation, anguish, hope, and love of the story together. The other reviews were correct to call this score haunting.
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I don't know what to say... But I'll try anyways. Every so often, a piece of music comes along that's so special... so beautiful and so provocative that it falls into the uppermost echelon of music I call "classic" or even "timeless." A few (of the many) examples are "The Time Machine" by Klaus Badelt "The Empire Strikes Back" by John Williams "Mr. Magorium's Wonder Emporium" by Alexandre Desplat and Aaron Zigman and "Braveheart" by James Horner. Well, it's time to add another one to the list... Twilight: New Moon.

Although this score is VERY unlike the superb original by Carter Burwell, it more than manages to hold it's own. Drawing from a rich and passionate well of romantic orchestra, Desplat makes good on creating a gothic soundscape not unlike the life-force of the "Twilight" series itself. The themes presented here of meaty, full of emotion and orchestrated in perfect balance. I'm a film composer and an orchestrator, and nothing in 2009 has inspired me to pay more attention to tone color and harmonic density more than this gem.

What can I say? This music is special... That's all there is to it.
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This is by far the best of the three scores that have been presented for the Twilight series. Unlike Twilight and Eclipse this is a stand alone album that you can listen to and enjoy as beautiful music.

I loved the soundtracks for Twilight and Eclipse but the scores were just background music with the exception of Bella's Lullaby (Twilight) and Jacob's Theme (Eclipse) which you could obtain from purchasing the movie soundtracks.

Alexandre Desplat has done a exceptional job on the New Moon score and should be given the chance to score the final two movies in the Twilight Saga series.
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"Twilight" is one of those words that makes me cringe and feel that "vomity" feeling in my throat..
But with it's questionable acting, sappy and predictable story line, and that "I would die without you" so why don't you prove it, story line.. the second film is the least vile of the series thus far.. but that's a lot like trying to pick your favorite kind of cancer.

But behind the cheesy lines and confused looks of.. is that lust? Did she have a stroke?.. anyway.. behind the.. um.. "Expressions" on Kristen Stewart's face likes a little treasure in the film's score. It's beautiful, it's emotional, lush and just completely amazing. While most composers try to convey the emotion of a scene that is.. Desplat almost seems to convey the emotion you SHOULD be feeling.. despite the lackluster effort put forth by the films itself. While the more action driven numbers are great.. it's the slow pieces that bury themselves inside you.. and you catch yourself humming along later.. and you're almost addicted to the strings and piano that, for me, make me enviviosn sunrises.. rolling landscapes.. and at times almost makes me wonder if maybe the movie was better than it was (very sneaky.. but I'm not making myself watch that crap again)

Whether you love or hate the films (there's really no medium.. you're either one or the other) the score is brilliant and completley amazing.. and hate or love Bella.. you'll LOVE this score.
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