Twilight review by Misc Soundtrack

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  • Released: Nov 4, 2008
  • Sound: 9
  • Lyrics: 8
  • Overall Impression: 8
  • Reviewer's score: 8.3 Superb
  • Users' score: 7.3 (76 votes)
Misc Soundtrack: Twilight
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Sound — 9
Whenever a vampire-themed movie is released, there's always a hope that the filmmakers will do it justice by providing a suitably chilling soundtrack. Although the circumstances for the new movie Twilight are different - primarily because it's adapted from a teen novel series - the music is still a fairly important component. When the original Lost Boys was released in 1987, it might have only been half the movie it was without the eerie cover of People Are Strange (performed effectively by Echo & The Bunnymen) or the sexiness of Gerard McMann's Cry Little Sister. Given that Twilight is geared for the latest generation of teens that have a very different music scene, it's not surprising you get a very different mood with its soundtrack. While I haven't seen Twilight yet, I will say that the songs featured on the soundtrack have a laid-back, cool quality that do peek my interest in the film. If the songs are in chronological order in terms of Twilight's sequence of scenes, there is a distinct flow. The first half of the playlist has a darker, unsettling quality, and it pulls you in a bit more than the last few songs. It all starts out with the insanely cool, sexy Muse track Supermassive Black Hole. This is not a new song by any stretch of the imagination, but it has staying power and makes for a great opener. Paramore shows up for a few songs on the soundtrack, and you definitely see a different, more melancholy-tinged side to the band. Despite Paramore often leaning towards a pop rock sound usually, they take a convincing turn with the dark ballad Decode (which shows off Hayley Williams' impressive vocal range as well). The band's other track I Caught Myself isn't quite as dark, but it's still a solid offering. There's an interesting mix of artists, and although they all come from very unique genres, it makes for a good blend. It should also be mentioned that this is not a rock-driven soundtrack, and you'll be disappointed if you're expecting high energy. Perry Farrell delivers Go All The Way (Into The Twilight) that lies somewhere between trance and pop, and you barely even recognize that it's the former Jane's Addiction singer. The Linkin Park hit Leave Out All The Rest is also included, which at first seems like an odd choice for a vampire flick. Because it is so laid back and has the sufficient emotional undertones, it ends up working fairly well. Collective Soul delivers one of the more disappointing tracks, at least in terms of fitting in with the rest of the soundtrack. Tremble For My Beloved is a fine rock track and features an intriguing riff, but it sticks out like a sore thumb among the synth-heavy soundtrack. You can tell there is a love story involved in Twilight thanks to the ballad-heavy last half, but even those tracks aren't your usual happy, lighthearted fare. While Blue Foundation's Eyes On Fire is both gorgeous and haunting, you also get the traditional acoustic stylings of none other than the film's star Rob Pattinson. With a lilting voice like Damien Rice, Pattinson and his straightforward love song don't exactly mesh perfectly with the other tracks, but it's still impressive to hear the actor hold his own among established acts.

Lyrics — 8
Most of the songs on the Twilight soundtrack were not necessarily written with the film in mind, but they can still be interpreted as pertinent to the storyline of a teenage girl falling in love with a vampire. Linkin Park's Leave Out All The Rest is one of the tracks that can act as an all-purpose ballad (easily fitting any love story: vampire, human, or otherwise), while Muse's Supermassive Black Hole just has an otherworldly feel musically. Perry Farrell was one of the few that actually wrote an original song for the soundtrack (Go All The Way [Into The Twilight]), and interestingly enough, his lyrics aren't quite as effective as the other bands' previously written material.

Overall Impression — 8
Twilight is at its strongest when it delivers more of mysterious sound, which can be found in such songs like Blue Foundation's Eyes On Fire, The Black Ghosts' Full Moon, and Paramore's Decode. While the teen fans of heartthrob Rob Pattinson will be thrilled to hear that the actor can deliver a convincing love song, Twilight shines when its songs don't sound like the usual Top 40 playlist.

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    gurlyrockr96
    and if u say girls hav 2 wait long for a guy like edward, its because most of the guys nowadays are horrible people and can be cold.
    blocsox90
    _GoingBlind_ wrote: Harry Potter Vampires, This makes me feel old, I can't even join in the flaming or arguing. This soundtrack seems lame, Perry Farrel??? Seriously?? Come on now. I tried reading the first book....I guess since I am over the age 16 and have a penis I just wouldn't understand. But about the soundtrack.....they couldn't get some cooler music for this extremely HYPED up movie, guess they spent all the money on marketing.
    agreed lol
    lachlandavis
    The fact that there is a Muse song in it actually makes me want to go see this movie... lol
    <SpaceTime>
    Okay I have read the Twilight books so I can critisize them. They were written as an old lady's attempt to fulfill her stupid vampire fetish and are a waste of time.
    Spay
    gurlyrockr96 wrote: and if u say girls hav 2 wait long for a guy like edward, its because most of the guys nowadays are horrible people and can be cold.
    Meyer said herself there are no Edwards out there... But if you can find a Jacob, then go with it. Or whatever the hell the quote was xD I know exactly what I'm talking about kid. I hate the Jacob haters too >=( Jacob is between a rock and a hard place. Edward is a living manifestation of perfection to Bella. How in the hell do you compete with that? I can understand Jacobs frustration and depression.
    Uninspired_One
    good....
    Uranutan wrote: ispillmyheart4y wrote: Spay wrote: "When the songs don't sound like the usual top-40 list" This is what I hated about Twilight, the author just wasn't open enough to music. She's not even that good a writer either. She just got lucky in how vague she made her characters. /bitching DUDE WTF DONT U EVER DISS STEPHENIE MEYERS AGAIN. THE BOOK TWILIGHT IS BETTER THAN HARRY POTTER AND TWILIGHT IS BETTER THAN ANN RIGHTS BOOKS ABOUT VAMPIRES SO STFU!!!hahahahahahaha
    Uh, yes, they are very good books, but better than anne rice.....yeah no. As far as the movie goes, I loved all the books but i'm not convinced that the movie is going to be anything other than teen love movie garbage, I hope i'm wrong, but I don't see Twilight being a good movie.
    gurlyrockr96
    i think paramores songs sound similar to the next... it duznt matter if she's a jonas fan, beacause some of them like harcore stuff on the side. and btw twilight is a very good book unless ur not literate enough 2 read that much... i like it a lot and there r adults who like twilight. stephenie meyer has done a brilliant job and u shoudlnt say that unless youve read it, if ur saying that and havnt read it: ur bein an idiot. her characters are described 2 the depth that you think theyr real.
    Drhizzlshizzl
    the only people who I know that are obsessed with this stuff is all the ugly chicks at my school
    Spay
    XZoeX wrote: I don't want to be rude or anything but to the people who don't like Twilight,then why the hell are u reading reviews on it? and if u havent even read it, u shouldnt be able to say shit about it. Dont criticize something you no nothing about. And for all of u who are saying its for 12 yr olds,u are so wrong the people I no who love it are way older. someone also said we like it because Edwards a perfect guy but for those of u who actually no about it he's far from it and thats why bella and edwards relationship is so hard.
    Even though I find Edwards manifestation of perfection rather far fetched...and in turn bland... I just hate the writers writing style. Oh yes...vampires that are invicincible, the hottest things you have ever seen...oh hell...lets have them sparkle if you leave them out in the sun to long.
    m_daly_123
    twilight is literature's equivalent of music's fall out boy. a story (group) with no real substance, aimed specifically at teenage girls, using a "cute" guy (pete wentz..BARF!) to attract more readers, and totally ruining the a classic gothic character - the vampire (in FOB's case, they're just ruining music in general). the only thing worthwhile on here is mutemath, perry farell (the fact that he's contributing is hilarious in general), and muse (although if its a remix i'm not so sure about that).
    cornmancer
    Sorry bout the double post but the track listing doesn't seem that great. But then again I'm a classic rock guy.
    tugboat
    Apparently Claire De Lune (Debussy) is on there... Which makes me happy, but I really didn't like the book AT ALL and one song isn't going to make me go see it. God no... These tracks they listed here, though, REALLY aren't surprising.
    TheBurningFish
    darth awsome wrote: Id go see it just to see Muse get some recognition.
    I think the books have turned everyone into trendy fan-boys/girls (it's getting harder to tell with this generation).
    ChidoriChick
    THERES A SOUNDTRACK?!?!?!!?!?! *hyperventilating* OH *gasp* MY *gasp again* GAWD!!!! *faints on the floor while twitching*
    41plus182
    h2orowe wrote: God. Why does this have to be a popular book series? Are people really too lazy to pick up Crime and Punishment and read about an actual interesting character for once? Raskolnikov would axe murder Edward and Bella in a second flat. This is for 12 year olds who are "too mature" for Goosebumps, but not mature yet enough to read an actual novel. This is why America just isn't smart anymore. No one reads and when they do it's pretty much the same shit they have on TV. At least Buffy the Vampire wasn't disguising itself as literature.
    Everyone has different tastes. Get over it. It's no big deal.
    Zoso518
    I think they just did some really bad casting for the movie. but thats just my opinion. I hope it still is as good if not better than the book
    senselessbeauty wrote: I think this movie is going to suck. I don't know why. They made Edward ugly and his moves unrealistic. That's just my opinion though. Hopefully it's better than I think it is. the soundtrack sounds good though =) But I have to go see it. I read the books so it's an unwritten rule. =/
    Harvey_Danger
    Amour-Imbcile wrote: You can't say "she is not a good writer"
    Actually, we can do this very easily. Also: I'm glad she didn't use more Muse. I don't want them being tainted by being related to base garbage like this.
    savory_softy
    Look, I'm not bagging it, I'm an Anne Rice fan so I have no right to do so (though SHE'S the true master). But from an analytical point of view, reading this book over someone's shoulder for a minute, this book is easily movie translatable, in fact, I'd go as far as to say that the author had this in mind whilst writing it. However, I'll be arrogant about this, vampire movies should use nu-metal. As much as people hate it, it's got the right amount of metal inspired brooding-atmosphere and enough hard-rock element to please most. Plus, it's darker side can be sensual bordering on the erotic; perfect for the romantic-vampire image.
    XZoeX
    Even though I find Edwards manifestation of perfection rather far fetched...and in turn bland... I just hate the writers writing style. Oh yes...vampires that are invicincible, the hottest things you have ever seen...oh hell...lets have them sparkle if you leave them out in the sun to long.[/quote] Its fair enough if u dont like it, everyone has different tastes but it annoys me when people dis the people who do
    ezshredder
    Amour-Imbcile : Gee whiz people, calm yourselves You can't say "she is not a good writer" or this and that band sucks. I love the Twilight series, but that doesn't mean I'm some moron with another gushy teenage crush on the characters. I liked the book because it's unique, a whole different take on the traditional vampire idea. I've been reading books like Bram Stoker's Dracula and H.P. Lovecraft long before this kind of novel. Also, seeing as this is really about the soundtrack, I agree that she should have used more songs from Muse. I personally don't think Supermassive Black Hole was the best pick; Space Dementia or Time is Running Out would have been great. And do people constantly need to be reminded that just because youdon't like something that doesn't mean it sucks?
    A M E N ! ! ! +1000
    ezshredder
    Amour-Imbcile : Gee whiz people, calm yourselves You can't say "she is not a good writer" or this and that band sucks. I love the Twilight series, but that doesn't mean I'm some moron with another gushy teenage crush on the characters. I liked the book because it's unique, a whole different take on the traditional vampire idea. I've been reading books like Bram Stoker's Dracula and H.P. Lovecraft long before this kind of novel. Also, seeing as this is really about the soundtrack, I agree that she should have used more songs from Muse. I personally don't think Supermassive Black Hole was the best pick; Space Dementia or Time is Running Out would have been great. And do people constantly need to be reminded that just because youdon't like something that doesn't mean it sucks? A M E N ! ! ! +1000
    aig91
    Checked Seriously guys, stop spamming and flaming. The amount of spam and flame wars in these comments insane and unnecessary. Please stick to the topic that is being discussed.
    pyritmann
    are you people all serious, i cannot believe that this many people on this site like these books, they were written for teenage girls!! either theres a lot of teenage girls on this site or homosexuality is sweeping the world faster than I thought.
    3holepunch
    lachlandavis wrote: The fact that there is a Muse song in it actually makes me want to go see this movie... lol
    That song is seriously the only reason I would ever even consider seeing it.
    spunky_chooken
    Flariduh wrote: XXXjonasbros666 wrote: xoxomattyo wrote: How can you think paramore is the highlight of the sound track? and wtf paramore? if that's the highlight of this soundtrack, twilight must suck. ..Coming from someone named XXXjonasbros. I dont like paramore in the least...but seriously, with a name like that you cant question anything pertaining to music.
    agreed. definitely agreed
    Amour-Imbécile
    Gee whiz people, calm yourselves You can't say "she is not a good writer" or this and that band sucks. I love the Twilight series, but that doesn't mean I'm some moron with another gushy teenage crush on the characters. I liked the book because it's unique , a whole different take on the traditional vampire idea. I've been reading books like Bram Stoker's Dracula and H.P. Lovecraft long before this kind of novel. Also, seeing as this is really about the soundtrack, I agree that she should have used more songs from Muse. I personally don't think Supermassive Black Hole was the best pick; Space Dementia or Time is Running Out would have been great. And do people constantly need to be reminded that just because you don't like something that doesn't mean it sucks?
    bel_zep
    hmmm i wanted to watch it and i like muse but i can't stand paramore soo, i guess i don't want to see it now
    MusicalMinority
    Eh... To all the Twilight haters- just remember this author was weaned off of Shakespeare, Jane Austen, Emily Bronte, and Muse. Anybody with those tastes must have something good in them. And I was pressured to read it- it's not too bad, really. I mean, it's not going to fill in for a good novel, but hey... I know tons of people (mostly girls) who've started to read some good literature due to those books. Now for the actual soundtrack itself- disappointing, mostly, but I'm not big into the modern rock scene. Muse definitely deserve more tracks on there though- not only because they have amazing music, but also because that's the music Stephanie Meyer listened to primarily when she was writing the books.
    TheBurningFish
    Sharp531 wrote: Too much hype. The books are overrated anyway. They remind me of self-fulfillment fanfiction. I honestly didn't like Decode. I do love Muse though. Is it the version on Black Holes and Revelations? I remember hearing a rumor that it would be a remix.
    Usually in TV shows and films songs get mixed about at least a tad. And I've not read the books, nor do I intend to. All my friends and family are obsessing about them and from what I can tell, it's a modern romance novel that no one would read if it didn't have vampires in it. In my opinion, if you use vampires in a novel, you are plaigerising. No one would think twice about reading a Frankenstein spin-off. As for the sound track, the main theme of this whole thing, it's what I expected. I'm aware Meyer is a big Muse fan, and since the main audience is gonna be emo/"alternative" girls Paramore and the like were obvious choices.
    _GoingBlind_
    Harry Potter Vampires, This makes me feel old, I can't even join in the flaming or arguing. This soundtrack seems lame, Perry Farrel??? Seriously?? Come on now. I tried reading the first book....I guess since I am over the age 16 and have a penis I just wouldn't understand. But about the soundtrack.....they couldn't get some cooler music for this extremely HYPED up movie, guess they spent all the money on marketing.
    Phoenix-Kun
    OMFG I CANNOT WAIT FOR THIS MOVIE! It's going to be amazing, and this soundtrack goes ok with the book, i would have picked more alt. rock stuff, but i'm still going to pick it up
    Sharp531
    Metallicaloveu wrote: There's a lot of hype going for this film...
    Too much hype. The books are overrated anyway. They remind me of self-fulfillment fanfiction. I honestly didn't like Decode. I do love Muse though. Is it the version on Black Holes and Revelations? I remember hearing a rumor that it would be a remix.
    Death-Speak
    My wife and daughter already have a huge group going and have preordered their tickets for the movie at the iMax. Sound track look interesting. I may have to check it out.
    FearBefore
    CaRveItiNbass wrote: i hate twlight. i hate everyone that reads it and gets all obsessed with vammpires. that is all.
    Amen. Too much hype from little girlies wishing that every guy was like this Edward guy. Sorry to burst your bubble girls, but if you're waiting for that, you're gonna be waiting a looooong time.
    Spay
    "When the songs don't sound like the usual top-40 list" This is what I hated about Twilight, the author just wasn't open enough to music. She's not even that good a writer either. She just got lucky in how vague she made her characters. /bitching
    CaRveItiNbass
    i hate twlight. i hate everyone that reads it and gets all obsessed with vammpires. that is all.
    Flariduh
    XXXjonasbros666 wrote: xoxomattyo wrote: How can you think paramore is the highlight of the sound track? and wtf paramore? if that's the highlight of this soundtrack, twilight must suck.
    ..Coming from someone named XXXjonasbros. I dont like paramore in the least...but seriously, with a name like that you cant question anything pertaining to music.