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Twilight Soundtrack (+1 Bonus Track, "Decode (Acoustic Version)" by Paramore) Extra tracks, Soundtrack
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Twilight Original Motion Picture Soundtrack
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1. Muse - Supermassive Black Hole
2. Paramore - Decode
3. The Black Ghosts - Full Moon
4. Linkin Park - Leave Out All The Rest
5. Mutemath - Spotlight (Twilight Mix)
6. Perry Farrell - Go 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 - Bell's Lullaby
13. Paramore - Decode (Acoustic Version)
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Half the tracks have a techno-pop-rock sound, with varying themes mostly dark, mysterious and/or passionate. One of these is probably my favorite track, Perry Farrell's "Go All the Way Into the Twilight", which includes a rap by a girl who repeats, leaving no room for doubt, "...so take me, take me, take me!!" Paramore's "Decode" has the unforgettable line, "...the truth is hiding in your eyes, and it's hanging on your tongue, just pouring in my blood." The same band's "I Caught Myself" says it in a different way: "You got it, you got it, some kind of magic/Hypnotic, hypnotic, you're leaving me breathless." Whew! Linkin Park contributes a rock ballad concerning the singer's worries about how he will be remembered "...when my time comes." Lightening up a little, there's "Full Moon" by The Black Ghosts, melodious and eerie with ghostly sighs and echoes, appropriate to their name. "Eyes on Fire" by Blue Foundation is an odd song, with a slow, drawn-out melody and confident lyrics. "Flightless Bird, American Mouth" by Iron & Wine reminds me of an early 60's slow-dance, ending with some great piano. Star Rob Pattinson gets his turn to sing, backed by an acoustic guitar. In this song, "Never Think", which he co-wrote and arranged, the restraint and hesitancy in his voice reflects Edward's reluctance to plunge into a relationship with Bella, but he ends up declaring his love. The soundtrack wraps it up with "Bella's Lullaby", an orchestral instrumental which alternates in tone between darkness and light, thus summing up the entire story.
So, I recommend this CD, but be forewarned: one taste, and you will be hooked until the end of time...
I think the rest of the soundtrack is wonderful, however. I've heard "Leave Out All The Rest" is a bit of a departure for Linkin Park, and if this is true I'm not sure how I'd like their other stuff. But this particular song is great. "Full Moon," "Spotlight," "Tremble For My Beloved" and "Eyes On Fire" are great to hear in their entirety - in the movie the last two are given very short shrift. My two absolute favorites, though, are "Supermassive Black Hole" and "Flightless Bird, American Mouth." I downloaded these songs as singles long before purchasing the whole album, and have since purchased all of Muse's albums (haven't done that with Iron & Wine, though).
Unlike some reviewers, I neither absolutely love nor absolutely hate Rob Pattinson's song "Never Think". I just really like it. I can't understand most of what he is singing (very much like Bob Dylan), but I actually find his voice kind of soothing and the guitar work is wonderful. And, as others have noted, "Bella's Lullaby" is a lovely melody but just isn't a lullaby...it's not soothing enough as each note is very distinctly enunciated by the piano. I did end up getting Carter Burwell's movie score before buying this soundtrack, so I was already very familiar with this track (I recommend the score, as well).
All in all, I've been VERY happy with this purchase and am looking forward to both the score and soundtrack for New Moon.
I listened to the previews before watching the movie and thought it seemed way out of whack with the mood of the story...but after watching the movie, I could see that it does goes along. The movie was pretty teen angsty, which is why this soundtrack fits. The upside was that the song "Supermassive Black Hole" was extremely catchy and made me finally check out Muse...they're completely awesome. Really. Also, I loved that this song was chosen for the baseball game scene, which was my favorite part of the movie... And I already loved Iron and Wine, and the song that's on the album is blissfully dreamy.
After a while and much debate, I just got sucked into the whole Twilight obsession and just bought the darn album. Just give in. It's not worth fighting. :) It's fun to listen to any day. And if you're more into the instrumental, you should check out the movie's score soundtrack which was composed by the ever-dramatic, moody specialist, Carter Burwell--which was a pleasant surprise! I haven't heard his stuff in the longest, and I used to be obsessed with his music from Gods and Monsters. (off tangent, but yeah...)
So that's my take!