The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 1 Soundtrack
by Shea Geyer (Pharmacy), published November 15th 2011
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It’s that time of the year again: Twilight season. Twi-hards will gather en masse to obsess over the books and how all boys should strive to be just like Edward Cullen. Bickering is bound to ensue over who’s better, so you must choose wisely: Team Edward or Team Jacob. Lines will form well before midnight on Thursday at movie theaters across the country as part one of the last installment is released. Good grief. But the release of Breaking Dawn also means the release of another soundtrack featuring artists that have many indie music fans screaming “traitors.” Rest assured though, The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 1 won’t have you questioning your loyalty with your favorite indie bands.
The soundtrack opens with The Joy Formidable’s “Endtapes,” which could have easily been on their debut album The Big Roar. Loud power chords, heavy drums and Ritzy’s prominent vocals are the recipe for an excellent song. Like many artists who are featured on the Twilight soundtracks, if a Twi-hard didn’t know who The Joy Formidable were before this soundtrack, they will probably soon be scrambling to find their music, which you have been listening to for over a year now.
Sometimes though, the Twilight soundtrack can catch you off guard and introduce you to artists who you haven’t heard before (gasp). Cider Sky happens to be that artist for me. Their song “Northern Lights” is electronic-based, but has a quiet, soothing feel to it. It’s almost like laying in a field of pretty flowers in the middle of the forest with no one but your sparkling vampire boyfriend. Just kidding. Realistically, it’s more like taking a stroll through the autumn woods as the falling leaves are twirling down in the setting sun. The chorus is a little cheesy: “I want to fly into this beautiful life/I think it’d be nice with you,” but this is Twilight we’re talking about here, so the music is expected to have some cheesy lyrics.
Although this soundtrack is quite laid back, and way more lovey-dovey, comapred to the previous Twilight soundtracks, I have two major issues: the wedding version of “Flightless Bird, American Mouth” and Bruno Mars. “Flightless Bird, American Mouth” did not need to be touched. It was perfect the way is was before Twilight capitalized on it. I don’t care if it was the first song Edward and Bella danced to together to at prom; just because they’re getting married doesn’t mean the song needs to be stripped of its painstaking emotion. Then there’s Bruno Mars. “It Will Rain” might as well be a continuation of ”Grenade,” and will be overplayed to the point where you want to throw your radio, laptop or any device playing said song off the top of the highest building.
Alas, the best song on the album goes to “Neighbors” by Theophilus London. It was quite unexpected to hear compared to the other music genres on the soundtrack, but the hip-hop feel is welcomed in a soundtrack mildly bogged down by quiet, conventional ballads.
Recommended Tracks: Neighbors, Northern Lights, Endtapes