The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 2 OST – Various Artists
What we thought:
Here's at least one reason I will be very sad to see the Twilight Saga
come to an end. The official soundtracks have been a consistent treasure trove of exciting new musical delights, even when the mawkish movies which spawned them were not.
While the movies brought us sparkly vampires, dead-in-the-eyes performances and LOL sex scenes, the music has brought out the best in edgy, cool artists like Bon Iver, Grizzly Bear, The Joy Formidable, Florence + the Machine to name just a handful.
And Breaking Dawn Part 2
doesn’t disappoint, continuing in the tradition of soulful balladry, epic soundscapes and the occasional electro boogie-down to help lighten the heavy mood a bit. The only challenge will be trying to keep Bella Swan and Edward Cullen’s gooey faces out of mind while sitting back and losing yourself in these soothing sounds.
Also, the soundtrack is almost as incestuous as the Cullen's themselves.
For the first time since the very first Twilight
soundtrack, a cast member lends their talents to the soundtrack. Lest we all forget, Robert Pattinson contributed two of his own songs ("Never Think" and "Let Me Sign" on the 2009 Twilight
soundtrack) and here Nikki Reed (who plays his vampire sister Rosalie) adds some background vocal flourishes to her husband - and American Idol alum - Paul McDonald's weepy "All I've Ever Needed".
Ashley Greene (who plays Alice Cullen) has to live with the fact that her recently dumped ex Reeve Carney (who plays Peter Parker in Broadway's Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark
) also appears, with the sparse and moody "New For You".
Basically this is a very tear-stained collection. And because it went over so well for Breaking Dawn Part 1
, Christina Perri's "A Thousand Years" gets a new lick of paint and additional vocals from Broadway Once
star Steve Kazee - but it’s pretty much the same thing, and still very pretty.Best track:
"The Antidote" – St Vincent
It's one of the few tracks with a pulse, and it's kinda exhilarating to see the return of one of the artists who appeared on the still-superlative New Moon
soundtrack (incidentally, the worst of the movies in the Saga).
Feist's "Fire in the Water" is also a worthy standout that soundtracks the scene from the movie everyone will be talking about.Worst track:
"The Forgotten" – Green Day
They may be the biggest drawcards for the album, but Billie Joe and Co are simply phoning it in with this dull, one-note track. Do not want.Sounds like:
Two vampires making love for the first time: Not as bad as it may seem.Listen to a live stream of the album here: