We Listened to All the Twilight Soundtracks, So You Don't Have To
The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn
I hope you enjoyed the vaguely interesting soundtracks of the last three films because the first part of the final chapter (NOTE: As I was writing about the first half of a final part of a film series, I was legally mandated to type "the first part of the final chapter") is one gigantic bag of "Meh." Sure, Iron & Wine shows back up, and yes, the band everyone thought that were going to break out, The Joy Formidable, own the credits with their energetic song, but it's not enough to counteract the audible yawn that is Bruno Mars' track and a Angus and Julia Stone collaboration.
Seriously, this whole thing was as pointless as breaking the two films apart, but it still sold more than 100,000 copies its first week. BONUS: Supposedly, Evanescence lobbied to get a song on the soundtrack and was denied, as payback for ruining Daredevil.
The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 2
And so we reach the end of our journey. Four years, five films, five soundtracks, three terrible Muse songs. On Tuesday, we received the latest Twilight soundtrack and it pretty much makes up for the last one, as we're treated to St. Vincent's second song for the franchise, a James Vincent McMorrow song and an appearance from Feist. Add in a track from the newly renamed POP ETC (That's the Morning Benders to you kids who really loved 2010's Big Echo) and you have the series' strongest output since the Eclipse soundtrack.
Sadly, it's not all sunshine and Annie Clark, as marketing gurus decided this was yet another opportunity to shove Ellie Goulding down the public's throat, and we are treated to the most bizarre inclusion in the whole damn series, as aging pop-punks Green Day show up to say, "HEY! Buy one of the three albums we're putting out this year, and try not to think about Billie Joe's meltdown!"
I don't think we should spend too much time thinking over the choices behind albums that are made to sell merch to people who would buy anything, but I think we should be thankful they decided to branch out from the market-tested norm and provide their audience with some rather interesting tracks. I think the real question is how they made it through five soundtracks and no one worked the Twilight Sad into the mix.