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Twilight OST (Review)

Twilight OST

Review by Jack Foley

IndieLondon Rating: 4 out of 5

TWILIGHT has become a phenomenon… whether in book form, film form, or even film soundtrack form the fans just can’t get enough.

It’s little wonder, then, that music supervisor Alexandra Patsavas (of Gossip Girl, Grey’s Anatomy, The O.C. fame) has been able to assemble such a cracking line up of rock acts on the soundtrack.

We’re talking the likes of Muse, Linkin Park, ex-Jane’s Addiction frontman Perry Farrell and – most significantly – Paramore, who have penned two exclusive tracks for the soundtrack.

The result is pretty cool stuff – pumped up, suitably Gothic in places for its vampire theme and diverse enough to mix the big name attractions with some artists to look out for in the future. Paramore, in particular, will benefit, appearing twice and effectively so.

Muse kick things off with their still striking anthemic hit Super Massive Black Hole (its guitars still sound thrilling), while Paramore’s exclusive Decode follows.

In truth, it’s a pretty trademark slice of rock from the Tennessee five-piece – powerful, yet melodic guitar riffs and emphatic female vocals – but the lyrics reflect the themes of the film well and have proved a deserved attraction for fans.

The Black Ghosts’ Full Moon is another strong entry – a Brit-influenced indie effort that’s vocally reminiscent of Kasabian, and cinematic courtesy of its background strings. While Linkin Park’s Leave Out All The Rest is evidence of the band’s ability to mix power and emotion in their songwriting for maximum popular appeal.

Mutemath’s Spotlight (appearing in a Twilight mix) is a fast and instantly appealing slice of disco-indie and Perry Farrell’s Go All The Way (Into The Twilight) continues the dance-friendly focus, albeit with some added Goth-influenced synths. It’s a dark slice of disco made all the more striking by Farrell’s vocals.

Further highlights come from Collective Soul’s Tremble For My Beloved, Paramore’s brooding but melodic I Caught Myself (another of the exclusives) and Iron And Wine’s slow-building power-ballad Flightless Bird, American Mouth (surely one for the romantics and evidence of the film’s sensitive side).

Carter Burwell’s Bella’s Lullaby is an enchanting insight into what to expect from the film’s score, but sadly the acoustic Never Think, from the film’s star Rob Pattinson, is the one low-point. It may well work in the movie, but hearing it in stand-alone form, I’m inclined to think he should stick to acting!

That said, this Twilight soundtrack comes highly recommended – whether you’re planning to see the movie or not.

View photos from Twilight

Download picks: Super Massive Black Hole, Decode, Leave Out All The Rest, Spotlight (Twilight Mix), Flightless Bird, American Mouth, Bella’s Lullaby

Track listing:

  1. Muse – Supermassive Black Hole
  2. Paramore – Decode (written exclusively for Twilight)
  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) (written exclusively for Twilight)
  6. Collective Soul – Tremble For My Beloved
  7. Paramore – I Caught Myself (written exclusively for Twilight)
  8. Blue Foundation – Eyes On Fire
  9. Rob Pattinson – Never Think (written exclusively for Twilight)
  10. Iron & Wine – Flightless Bird, American Mouth
  11. Carter Burwell – Bella’s Lullaby (written exclusively for Twilight)