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Music Review: "The Twilight Saga: New Moon" Soundtrack

By It's My Life on October 19, 2009 5:11 PM | No TrackBacks

Yes, we are counting the days until November 20 just like many of you. November 20, when we can finally see Bella and Edward and Jacob (and Jacob's wolf incarnation) again on the big screen in "The Twilight Saga: New Moon"! Luckily, we can get a little taste for now with the movie's soundtrack, which has just been released by Chop Shop Records/Atlantic.

newmoon.jpgThe CD has some moving, broody, romantic songs, especially "Meet Me On The Equinox" by Death Cab For Cutie and "Satellite Heart" by Anya Marina. (Actually, "Satellite Heart" is the only song that to us has a truly Bella feel to it, and not just because it's sung by a woman.) Our favorite is Ok Go's "Shooting The Moon," which is more upbeat on the surface but has a sweet, sad undertone to it. What's interesting about this collection of songs is knowing that Stephenie Meyer listens to music while she writes and creates her own "playlists" for the novels, and she lists these on her website. The only band that makes it onto both the soundtrack and Stephenie's "New Moon" playlist is Muse, who she's already talked about as artists who inspire her (and whose awesome "Supermassive Black Hole" provides the backdrop for the "Twilight" movie's baseball scene).

So why, you may ask, are these not the same lists? Well, keep in mind that when a movie soundtrack is put together, a lot of people get their 2 cents. The director, for sure. The producers, probably. Stephenie Meyer, hopefully. And then there's a music coordinator who finds the songs and get the rights to use them. Usually, this person has relationships with other music industry professionals who know that getting on the soundtrack of what's going to be a gigantically huge movie is a major score. So it's pretty political, with lots of trading favors and promises.

The experience of reading a book, or seeing a movie, is specific to each and every person. It's going to be a little different for you than for your best friend, even if you both loved it. For us, none of the songs on this soundtrack really captured how we saw the big moments in "New Moon." But you may feel otherwise. At the very least, you might enjoy this soundtrack for the songs on their own and because it will remind you of the movie once you see it. It might be even more fun to create your own soundtrack with choices that reflect your personal take on the "Twilight" stories.

And if you like to write, too...do you write to music? What artists and songs inspire you the most?

IML's Rating: B+




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