Review: The Twilight Saga: New Moon Original Motion Picture Soundtrack (2009) Various Artists


New Moon, the latest offering in The Twilight Saga, was one of the biggest movies of 2009. It is then quite fitting that a blockbuster film should have a hit soundtrack.

The New Moon Original Motion Picture Soundtrack has proved to be a worldwide hit and has received even better reviews than the film itself. All the songs are exclusive to the soundtrack and fall mainly into the genres of indie rock and alternative. All 15 tracks reflect the film’s themes and motifs to various degrees of abstraction, some more obviously than others. “Meet Me on the Equinox” by Death Cab for Cutie, for example, was written especially for the soundtrack, and the idea for the song was taken directly from New Moon itself.

Other artists featured on the album include The Killers, OK Go, Editors, and Bon Iver. Overall, the soundtrack has a dark and sometimes melancholy feeling to it. But don’t let this put you off – over and above this, the songs are soulful and touching. If you are a Radiohead junkie, Thom Yorke’s song “Hearing Damage” could soon become a new favourite. The remix of Muse’s “I Belong to You” was created especially for the soundtrack. If you are sceptical about remixes (as we all know not all of them succeed), do not dismay – Muse did not go overboard with this one.

The verdict? If you loved the movie you will find the soundtrack just as pleasurable as the idea of staring into Edward Cullen’s topaz eyes. And if you found that last sentence barf-worthy, you will find the soundtrack much more appealing than the movie. If you add it to your collection, this album will be the perfect beginning and ending to your iPod’s battery life.

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