New Moon soundtrack

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New Moon soundtrack cover

New Moon, as anyone frequenting any type of mass media would probably know, is the second part of the filmings of Stephanie Meyers’ Twilight Saga. This part, directed by Chris Weitz, has its release on November 20, and apparently the soundtrack sizzled as it hit the audience. The New Moon soundtrack is more expansive in styles than its predecessor. Again responsible for the song choices is musical supervisor Alexandra Patsavas, and it seems she has been destined to lift several bands out of obscurity and into the mainstream. Acts such as Grizzly Bear and Lykke Li are present, having previously been cult status performers. Carter Burwell composed the score for the previous movie, but this time the Oscar nominated Alexandre Desplat of The Curious Case of Benjamin Button and The Queen fame is in charge.

One has to admit that Patsavas has compiled a pleasing combination of styles. None of its moping and/or trendiness is overbearing. However, the extent to which the whole thing is premeditated is a bit sickening. There is nothing particularly exciting about the material, as the target audience has been addressed sufficiently. Much of the material is brooding in different shades; the one piece present from the score, the closing track New Moon (The Meadow) seems to underline this in its melancholic simplicity. The pensive, slow tracks overshadow the more uptempo ones, giving the album an overall sleepy mood. In the midst of it all, Muse, one of the biggest bands around at the moment, get to shine. Their groovy I Belong to You stands out on the album despite not being one of the band’s strongest efforts, and seems uncannily like a stylistic continuation to Supermassive Black Hole, which made an appearance on the Twilight soundtrack. A major disappointment arrives as the Death Cab for Cutie song written for the movie and released as a single. Meet Me on the Equinox is a real slump for the band who have had a run of successful hipster-quirky ditties.

No hit like Paramore’s Decode pops out on this volume, but it is guaranteed that the collection will be etched in many people’s minds as the legitimate soundtrack to fall 2009. Mood-wise it serves the purpose well. It is to be hoped that it will also have the benefit of getting its listeners interested in the artists present, for many of them belong in the most interesting groups active in this day and age.

Track list:

1. Death Cab for Cutie: Meet Me on the Equinox
2. Band of Skulls: Friends
3. Thom Yorke: Hearing Damage
4. Lykke Li: Possibility
5. The Killers: A White Demon Love Song
6. Anya Marina: Satellite Heart
7. Muse: I Belong to You (New Moon Remix)
8. Bon Iver and St. Vincent: RosyIn
9. Black Rebel Motorcycle Club: Done All Wrong
10. Hurricane Bells: Monsters
11. Sea Wolf: The Violet Hour
12. OK Go: Shooting the Moon
13. Grizzly Bear feat. Victoria Legrand: Slow Life
14. Editors: No Sound But the Wind
15. Alexandre Desplat: New Moon (The Meadow)

3 Comments
  1. Click says

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  2. jessica says

    They are giving away 4 free tickets to New Moon movie and a copy of the book for email. you better get yours befour it runs out.http://myfreebiesandsamples.blogspot.com/2009/11/4-free-tickets-to-new-moon-movie.html

  3. jester says

    hey guys, another official statetment below…

    Further to yesterday’s opening of the ballot for the New Moon UK Fan Party, we have additional information for fans, and answers to some questions which have been posted on the fan pages.
    Bands
    Throughout the week we will be announcing the band line up for the event. We are very pleased to say the 1st band to be announces is BAND OF SKULLS
    Tickets
    Each ballot entry on http://www.ticketweb.co.uk/newmoon is for 2 tickets. All entries will be put into a random draw and successful entrants will be notified. Please note, in order to pick up your tickets you will be required to provide ID. If you see any tickets on the likes of ebay please do not purchase as they will not be valid.
    The Event
    There will be a red carpet at this event so fans who are unlucky in the ballot are welcome to come down to see the cast and soak up the atmosphere
    Competitions
    There will be a number of competitions for tickets. We will announce the UK sites and publications that you can win tickets through on all the official pages.
    Further information on the event and band line up will be announced throughout the week.

    Good Luck in the Ballot!

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