The Twilight Saga: Eclipse OST

2010-10-14 09:47
 
The Twilight Saga: Eclipse OST
 
They're the perfect gateway for Twilight fans to open experience what we shall call "the shit " by bona-fide artists who aren't a product of extensive market studies or internet gimmicks. What we have here is far too accomplished to be passed over as "sparkly vampire crap".

Twilight (the first movie) brought us some rocking tracks from Paramore, Muse (who've popped up on every Twilight soundtrack since), a gorgeous Iron & Wine ballad, and even a self-penned track from Edward Cullen himself. And then New Moon came along, still my favourite of the three so far and an album I've returned to time again, like a junkie in need of a fix. Never have Grizzly Bear, Bon Iver or Thom Yorke, with his best solo track since… well, the last time he released anything, sounded so sublime, so attuned to the dark and dangerous emotions that dominated the Twilight Saga. And kudos to Howard Shore for keeping his score work spare, adding pretty little pieces of instrumental music to close out the soundtracks.

Eclipse is no different. It blows my mind, the calibre of talent that this franchise can attract: from Canadian indie darlings Metric, to Brit baroque-pop It Girl Florence & The Machine, grime-electro masters UNKLE to something I could only have conjured in my dreams – a collaboration between Beck and Bat for Lashes. Just HOW does the Twilight Saga soundtracks get to be so damn cool?

Sounding less morose and doom-laden than New Moon, Eclipse nevertheless ups the beauty quotient to a whole new level – and the opening track "Eclipse (All Yours)" by Metric is pure perfection. I've been a longtime fan on Metric singer Emily Haines (and anyone even remotely associated with the Canadian collective Broken Social Scene) so her presence here is both apt and amazing. But that's just one jaw-droppingly stunning track from a wealth of others. Sia, Florence & The Machine, raw-as-f*** blues-rockers The Black Keys and Jack White's other supergroup The Dead Weather create otherworldly moods and landscapes that, darn it, makes me want to watch the movie about a hundred more times.

What I've always loved about the soundtracks is how new/under-the-radar artists are seamlessly interweaved amongst the established names: Fanfarlo's "Atlas" is sun-kissed folk and LA unknowns Eastern Conference Champions make a strong case for the album's standout track with the dense, Radiohead-esque melodrama of "A Million Miles An Hour".

While Muse's over-the-top "Neutron Star Collision (Love Is Forever)" is perfectly placed in the Twi-universe, it's possibly the least interesting track, coasting by on theatrics and typically apocalyptic lyrics. Though it's the dubby Beck/Bat for Lashes contribution that forms the pulsating heart of this ensemble piece. Spaced-out, urgent and just a little creepy, it's magnificent. "Let's Get Lost" is what they called it. How thrillingly perfect.


Every year I dread the release of yet another Twilight movie because, as much as I try, I can't quite abide the mediocrity of this vampire saga. Pretty to look at, but frustratingly vapid on just about every other level. And then the soundtrack drops on my desk and time stands still as I lose myself in the creative majesty that, musically at least, the producers manage to assemble for these precious little accessories to the movies.

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Jax 2010/07/09 4:35 PM
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I totally agree with you. The Twilight Soundrtracks are AMAZING. My favorite track on the Eclipse CD is Florence and the Machines' - Heaving in your Arms.
Ady 2010/07/12 11:07 AM
Well I think the whole Twilight stuff is crap. And I have no Idea how poeple can stay awake for the entire duration of the movie. Yes there are some good scenes but damn you have to wait the whole first hour for it. It's even more of a dissapointment if you read everything then you would know what I'm talking about. This article alone is only talking about the sound tracks then the movie. Which further proves my point.
John the Saint 2010/07/12 11:22 AM
Real vampires DO NOT SPARKLE in sunlight!!!!!! The music is cool though...
Mel 2010/07/12 12:23 PM
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HEAVING in Your Arms?!?!?! Oh that is funny! It's Heavy in Your Arms...
Capital Q 2010/07/12 2:24 PM
They get it right to put out such 'quality' soundtracks because all the artists get paid by major labels to write songs - it's definite not for the love.
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