Music Review: Breaking Dawn Soundtrack
cipated movies of the winter. The soundtrack, almost as anticipated as the movie itself, will be released Nov. 8.
On the Twilight Saga‘s Facebook page, it was announced they would offer a free listen to the soundtrack from 11 a.m. Oct. 29 through 7:30 a.m. Oct. 30. The soundtrack received more than 23,000 “likes” and listens in the short time frame.
With a variety of genres and artists, each song exemplifies the theme of the movie — undying love comes at a cost.
British band, The Joy Formidable opens the album with “Endtapes.” It starts out slow and quiet, but builds with a progressive drumbeat into an upbeat tune that makes you want to move or sing along. However, the song leaves much to be desired when it ends abruptly.
The first single off the soundtrack, “It Will Rain” by Bruno Mars, has been topping the charts with its powerful and heartfelt lyrics. Incredibly intimate, the melody features Mars with only a piano singing about extreme heartbreak.
Christina Perri croons the second single titled “A Thousand Years.” The music video premiered online Wednesday, Oct. 26. Perri’s gentle, but raspy voice sings the relatable lyric, “How can I love when I’m afraid?”
Brother and sister duo, The Belle Brigade, offers the hard rock tune “I Didn’t Mean It” to the diverse collection of songs. From the powerful pounding of piano keys in the beginning to the loud chorus, the song will get your feet tapping whether you like it or not.
Iron & Wine, best known for the song “Flightless Bird, American Mouth,” recorded an exclusive version for the wedding in the movie. The piece of music was featured in the first film during Bella and Edward’s first dance at the prom. The new version is slower and stripped down to vocals and strings.
Carter Burwell, who is no stranger to the Twilight franchise, closes the soundtrack with “Love Death Birth.” He composed the score for the first film in the series in addition to writing and performing “Bella’s Lullaby.”
Other artists on the disc include one-man band Sleeping At Last, up-and-coming new wave artist Theophilus London and the duo Angus & Julia Stone.
Surprisingly, the band Muse is noticeably missing from the compilation.Twilight author Stephanie Meyer’s favorite band has been present on every soundtrack in the popular vampire franchise until now. So far there is no official reason given for the band’s absence.
Though this album has a more pop sound to it than its predecessors, it still gives little known or underground artists a chance to shine while giving bigger names a shot at stepping outside of their comfort zone.