Twilight: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack
The Twilight soundtrack is better than the movie. There, I said it. The movie is a poor adaptation of the popular book by Stephenie Meyer, but the background score does live up to the genre of the vampire saga and is cleverly used in sync with the storyline.
After reading the book, I was obviously expecting a lot of dark, sombre melodies in its cinematic adaptation. Not only did the background score live up to my expectations of a sexy vampire love story, it threw in many pleasant surprises such as Danish band Blue Foundation. Their “Eyes on Fire” with Kirstine Stubbe’s high-pitched melancholy vocals set the tenor for protagonist Bella’s thoughts. The lyrics (“I’ll seek you out, flay you alive / One more word and you won’t survive”) also tend to Edward’s dangerous position. This song literally makes one float in the electronic melody for some time after it ends. It is a pity that it took Twilight to bring this exceptionally talented band into the public eye.
The next song comes straight from Stephenie Meyer’s playlist released along with the book. It is not difficult to imagine why Collective Soul’s “Tremble For My Beloved” is part of that list. Though only the first 35 seconds of this alternative rock number have been used in the movie, this fast-paced track itself is super catchy with a chorus of “To a world where madness craves, to a world where hope’s enslaved / Oh, I tremble for my love always…”.
“Bella’s Lullaby”, originally composed by Carter Burwell, is fantastic. Many will disagree and argue that it could have been better, but in my opinion, the song is supposed to be one of those beautiful things that make you want to become vampire protagonist Edward Cullen’s inspiration and it does just that.
For Twilight fans, this is dark chocolate.
Samuel Beam, better known by his stage name Iron & Wine, renders his mellow, folksy voice to the prom dancing scene in the movie. His track “Flightless Bird, American Mouth” has been used in one of the most romantic scenes in the movie. Although the song is not even remotely associated with love or romance, somehow it fits quite nicely with the mood of the scene.
Other noteworthy tracks include Claude Debussy’s finest classical “Claire de Lune”, the aptly titled “Full Moon” by the Black Ghosts, Robert Pattinson’s “Never Think” where his untrained voice not only sounds pleasing but unconventionally alluring, and Linkin Park’s popular “Leave Out All the Rest” rolling in the credits. “Super Massive Blackhole” by Muse adds to the zingy rush of high adrenaline vampire baseball.
Verdict: Even if you are not glued onto anything to do with Twilight (the movie or series of books), listen to this album for its sheer variety and discover some little known gems in the process. For Twilight fans, this is dark chocolate.