Breaking Dawn Pt 1 Soundtrack – Let’s Discuss

November 8th!

Dear LTT-ers,

So it’s become a bit of a tradition (1, 2) for us to delve into the Twilight soundtrack after they’re announced because well, we love music… and I work in it. What isn’t to like about tearing apart the track listing and artists and see what we can learn about the film from it… aka make wild guesses and assumptions.

At first glance I’m intrigued this is definitely NOT the same vibe as New Moon and Eclipse with it’s “indie” (vom, I hate that word) esque sensibilities and thoughtful inclusions… this is almost more in the vein of the first Twi soundtrack minus the mid 90s vibe of Collective Soul etc. *shudder* I think the thing we need to remember going into this is that music in film is meant to enhance a mood or feeling in a scene and to help tell the story without being a total distraction (and come in under budget).

So we’re back at it again with the Chop Shop crew at the helm with Bill Condon so let’s see what they’ve brought us…

1.  The Joy Formidable – Endtapes
This is one I was excited to see because I’ve been listening to their album The Big Roar for the last year. Though they’re not my end all be all, I’m glad they were included because they’re the type of artist I would expect on a Twilight Sountrack. I’m assuming this will be some type of upbeat scene with driving or running or maybe when Bella gets out of the car at the gas station at the beginning of BD. Ya know, if we’re being literal.

Listen:

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2.  Angus & Julia Stone – Love Will Take You
Lovely little brother and sister duo on Nettwerk another lovely little label. Their music has been on a bunch of  CW shows and Greys Anatomy so this isn’t a big surprise of a pick… but they’re kinda snoozeville to me. They seem like one of those bands that was put together for the sole purpose of inclusion on soundtracks and tv shows: innocuous, girl with a baby voice, sounds nice in the background, easy to clear, that sorta thing. I’m sure they’re nice folks and all but Zzzzzzzzzz. I see this in some sort of chill scene maybe the morning after! Heh heh!
Listen:

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3.  Bruno Mars – It Will Rain
Ok, so I don’t hate it like UC hates it… she says she can’t even listen to it all the way through. It’s not awful… I wouldn’t kick it out of bed but I’m not ready to spoon with it either.

Some thoughts to settle the crowd down a little: All other lead singles (Twi excluded) haven’t even been featured IN the movie, only over the credits. SO if you hate it THAT much you can just run out before the credits roll. It’s probably a move to get more radio play for the soundtrack and in turn more moola. It’s not like Death Cab and Muse were being played 40 times during Ryan Seacrest’s morning show, so who better to choose as the single than the dude who’s basically PRINTING cash based off his publishing on his songwriting and chart topping songs this last year.

If it’s included in an actual scene, this feels like first dance or dance with Jacob material to me. Vulture is calling it Twilight’s version of “Kiss From a Rose,” I’m also feeling Robin Hood’s “Everything I do, I do it for you” or The Three Muskateers “All for Love.” All of these were massive radio hits which goes back to my theory on why this is the single: CASH. Der. Too bad they couldn’t get Bryan Adams, Sting and Rod Stewart to reunite one more time to create the BD song. I know my mom would have been pumped.

Listen to the actual song! Or buy it on itunes

http://youtu.be/fwr1hm_oBxE

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This is SO long we need a cut! Follow the jump for ALL 15 tracks!

4.  Sleeping At Last – Turning Page
A band (or dude as it turns out) I don’t know much about other than he’s another band that’s been featured on Grey’s Anatomy and Private Practice… which is fine and all but ya know. I appreciate that this dude seems to be a true independent who from the looks of it puts out new music every month. Snaps to him. This is one I’m happy to learn about, he sounds lovely.

Listen:

Wanna hear a bunch more from Sleeping At Last? Go to his website and listen and look at the pretty watercolors.

PS If you’re in LA he’ll be playing the Hotel Cafe on Nov 10th.
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5. The Features – From Now On
They’re like how the pre-“Only By The Night” Kings of Leon used to be. That like neo americana 70s rock sound. In fact they’re buddies/tour mates of KOL and on their imprint… so this makes sense since we all know the KOL/Twilight link.

This will be like some motorcycle riding, bar, Jacob running around in Canada, bachelor party type song.

Listen:

One you’ve probs heard
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6.  Christina Perri – A Thousand Years
REALLY?
Hey UC, she’s from Philly! This ones for you.
My favorite line from her Wiki page: “She taught herself how to play guitar as a 16-year-old by watching a videotape of Shannon Hoon from the group Blind Melon performing on VH1.”
LOLZforever. Shannon Hoon.
So they’re definitely going for a Lykke Li/Anya Marina moment with this one. I’m like 98% sure this will be some sad times slow jam.

You probably know this from So You Think You Can Dance
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7.  Theophilus London – Neighbors
My favorite from this last years batch of emails from Atlantic/WMG based on this guys name alone. I mean just say it like 10 times fast. Cause it’s fun. Kinda like his music. Probs a song at the reception that we’ll hear 5 seconds of. But enjoy this guy cause he’s a good time.

Listen:

DUH, I picked this because it talks about rainfall in a humdrum town. Hello, Forks, Washington!

8.  The Belle Brigade – I Didn’t Mean It
Ok, NOW WE’RE TALKING. Welcome to my favorite off this tracklisting and one of my faves of 2011. Buy this now, listen to it, love it, spoon it, whatever, I don’t care it’s that good. Carpenters meets Capt and Tenille meets modern day Fleetwood Mac equals AWESOMEtown. Overlook the total nepotism of this brother/sister duo and just love them with me. Can’t wait to see them at Hardly Strictly Bluegrass this weekend!

Listen:

http://youtu.be/qoj_lzfYspM

Wanna cry? Of course you do!

I have no idea where they’ll put this and I can’t wait to see!
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9.  Noisettes – Sister Rosetta (2011 Version)
The title of this song makes me think of Rosetta Stone and then I wonder if Quiluette is available on Rosetta Stone and that’s how Taylor learned it. Quil Clout Lay!!

So apparently this song was on their 2006 album but they’ve reworked it for inclusion on this calling it the 2011 version…
Listen to the 2006 version:

PS she LIT-TRALLY says “queens of twilight” that’s us ladies!
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10. Cider Sky – Northern Lights
Ok, so I know nothing of this band even though apparently they’re from LA, there’s nothing about this band out there other than a Twitter and a Facebook where I am officially the 38th person to “like” them. Yea, THIRTY EIGHT. I’ll be watching for them to play a show local and I’ll let you know…
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11. Iron & Wine – Flightless Bird, American Mouth (Wedding Version)
I mean this is like a DUH for the soundtack since their first dance was to this song at the prom so I’m thinking it will either be their first dance at the wedding or it will be the song she walks down the aisle too. “Wedding Version” meaning they added lots more strings and quiet sobbing from the mothers of the bride and groom added to the background.

Listen:

Sing to me Sam… sing to me…
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12.  Imperial Mammoth – Requiem On Water
2nd band from LA I know nothing of… and that’s saying something. Cue me becoming their 68th “Like” on Facebook (Yes, 68. I sense a pattern here yall) so I can find out more about them or actually see them play live.

BUUUUTT because I have access to google I have found the dude’s webpage wherein we find out he likes apartment buildings and he composes stuff for shows like Make it or Break it, Chloe King and some Horse show, etc etc. So go watch his reel.

Listen:
Go to their website, they have two tracks up
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13.  Aqualung & Lucy Schwartz – Cold
Dude, Aqualung! This makes me think of college and The OC again… and that was many many moons ago, more than I care to recount. Matt Hales aka Aqualung is lovely so I’m glad to see him on here and then there’s Lucy Schwartz whom I guess he plays with on stuff… she creates music which has been featured in a lot of TV Shows: Grey’s and theme song to Parenthood, etc.

Listen:

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14.  Mia Maestro – Llovera
As in Mia Maestro from the film??? As in Mia Maestro who plays Carmen in BD?? So since Rob didn’t do a song Mia Maestro seems like the next obvious pick? I know we’re all thinking WHO THE HALE is Carmen again?? So thanks to the Twi Wiki it reminds us Carmen is from the Denali clan, is with Eleazar, knows a bunch of languages and later speaks up for and becomes good friends with Renesmee. Does anyone remember this stuff?

Google tells me Llovera is a form of the verb Llover in spanish meaning “to rain” and since Carmen is only around during the wedding scene of Part 1 this leads me to believe there will be a super awkward scene of Carmen singing (or playing a badly tuned cello) at the wedding when Bella and Edward are lighting the unity candle and that song is called LLOVERA!

OMG.

You heard it HERE first. This may have just become the best thing ever and what I’m looking forward to most because her singing a song called Llovera means we will like it or it will be SUPER AWESOME in that LTT kind of way (new tshirt design yall!). I kind of can’t wait.

Oh and Gil Birgmingham? You’ve been put on notice… Mia is about to take your place at the TwiCon’s with this song.
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15.  Carter Burwell – Love Death Birth

*Insert 80s guitar solo-esque score music here*

Ok, ok… it’s no secret I’m not Carter Burwell’s biggest fan… but COME ON. As far as score in Twilight films goes Alexandre Desplat is far and away the best one we’ve had… Twilight was MEH to me and Howard Shore phoned it in on the Eclipse score which was a total bummer.

Overall Thoughts -

– Were is Bill Condon’s “voice” in all of this… coming off of two films that seemed to have Directors with their own defined musical tastes (stories about them bringing artists into the editing room, picking the music themselves, etc) this leaves me wondering about how involved Bill Condon was… unless he just loves music from Atlantic/WMG artists… I can imagine David Slade actually listening to the Dead Weather or Chris Weitz being super into Thom Yorke (who isn’t?)  but Bill Condon listening to Angus and Julia? Not so much.

– Robert Pattinson is not on here. PTL and thank you.

– No Muse? Shock, surprise, did Stephenie Meyer cry? Seriously though, I am a bit surprised they’re not on here just based on the fact they’ve been on every other Twi soundtrack, who doesn’t have an extra track lying around to throw on here, who doesn’t like extra money, and Stephenie does site them as her biggest writing muse (heh) for this saga. Maybe they’re just over it.

– I’m grateful for the new artists to discover and excited to learn more about them… though I do feel a bit skeptical of the ones who have like 4 fans and have never played a live show. BUUUUT we shall see.

Can’t wait to hear these songs and see them in the film! Get here November 8th!

Music Nerd Alert!
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PS Remember the AWESOME/bad comments on last years soundtrack on the ChopShop blog and remember we wrote them a letter? That was gooood times.

SOOOO thoughts… any faves? Anyone you don’t know? What are you looking forward to most off the soundtrack?

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  • http://twitter.com/Shahyra Natasha

    WTF is wrong with all that raining on this sound track? Bruno Mars & Mia Maestro singing about the rain? I know it rains a lot in Forks but COME ON!!!
    Llovera I read as “it will rain” in Spanish. (yes I know 4 languages Spanish included)  So Bruno and Mia singing about raining wauw…….

    I am sorry but all that raining makes me sad ( hey I am a girl from Curacao after all )

    • MeadowLupine

      Wouldn’t that be hilarious if Mia was just doing a Spanish version of the Bruno Mars song? Add that to moon’s bad music at the wedding scene idea and you’d have something pretty awesome…

  • Late Convert

    Ahhhh, more things to listen to with headphones on, hidden in my office. 

    Had a funny moment last night. I found a hard copy of Twilight at the second hand book store yesterday (I originally read series on Kindle) and decided at $1 for a mint condition copy it was a bargain! Took said copy to bed last night and started reading (as you do…). Husband walked in and asked ‘are you reading it again?’ (as in, for the second time) 

    Ahhhh the joys of having a Kindle – he has nooooo idea how many ‘agains’ there have been.

    • Sisterpenguin

      Ah the joys of not having a husband – NOBODY knows how many agains there have been (actually, I’m not that sure anymore….)

      • MariaCecilia

        My husband is a wise man – he has never commented on the number of times I’ve read my copies. (Plus I may have sneaked around with them after he fell asleep a couple of times..) I on the other hand only make non-committal, faintly encouraging sounds when he talks about buying yet ANOTHER guitar. I’m magnanimous that way, what can I say..?

        • Sisterpenguin

          We already know that you is a fine woman, as evidenced by your taste in books and blogs ;-)

    • Anonymous

      Oh I can so related.  Even tried puttnig another book cover over it, but before I finished my youngest daugther caught me.  I didn’t get a kindle until after I read them 4 times.  Itching to start 5th, well, maybe not BD.  Haven’t decided.

    • MeadowLupine

      Omg, Late Convert, that’s hilarious because this is EXACTLY what I use *my* Kindle for! My partner gave it to me for my birthday because I was a lit major, but yeah, I use it to read stuff that wouldn’t exactly qualify as lit (namely, the Twilight series, over and over again)… I *really* wouldn’t want him, or anyone, to know how many times I’ve read these books. I’m not even sure *I* want to know…. He asked me what I was reading the other day, and I was all, “oh, nothing…”

      It’s funny, because I don’t think I’ve ever re-read any other book except once, and that has only happened a few times in my life. I wonder what it is about these? Maybe because it kinda reads like a journal? Maybe it has a meditative quality, because you get to be in Bella’s moments… I don’t know…

  • Anonymous

    I am not a music buff, I tend to listen to things that have been around for 30 years already, but I like it.  To me it sounds like all the other soundtracks with two well-er known artists, Bruno and Christina

  • Anonymous

    freakin obsessed with my kindle

  • Sisterpenguin

    Curse slow country broadband. It’s gonna take a while to listen to the newbies. 

    But one I am sure I won’t be buying on iTunes – Bruno Mars song, just bleah. I’ve tried a couple of times just to make sure. Bleah bleah. Is this the punishment for no Rob?And yeah, where the Hale is Muse?? Stephenie says thanks to them on the dedication page of Breaking Dawn (I did have to look that up). I only discovered them through Twilight (despite having worked in their hometown, whoops). Sigh…

    • Edible Art?

      Teighnmouth rules !!!

      • Sisterpenguin

        Really?? I guess it’s better than Exmouth…

        • Edible Art?

          Well I believe Teignmouth is where Muse hail from ? if you worked in Exmouth thats probably why u never heard of them !!!! :-) I spelt it wrong 1st time round and pronounced tinmouth. They must be the only rock band ever to come from Devon surely ?? 

          • Sisterpenguin

            Yep, Muse are from Teignmouth and I worked there, lived in Exmouth – commuting’s a wonderful thing. Just neither of them my ideal locations. Only other famous Devonian off the top of my head is Agatha Christie. Not really rock n’ roll…

  • MariaCecilia

    I’m exited! But unfortunately I can’t listen to the songs right now, I’m too busy.. But since I’ve only heard of a couple of the artists before it’s going to be interesting to find out more! (To be honest I haven’t been superexited about any of the earlier movie soundtracks, but found one or two new favourites on each one, and that’s enough.)
    Wait! Whaddayamean Robert Pattinson isn’t on the soundtrack??!! I thought you said he was making a new record? I thought this was it?? (Just kidding…;-)

  • http://memoramanda.wordpress.com operarose

    I saw the tracks were released but held off listening to them until you could “teach” me about them – glad I did! You have much knowledge of music, Moon. Your insights certainly help me digest the info. (and get past the Bruno Mars song.)

    Alexandre Desplat is the clear winner of the Twi-saga scores, but probably smart to not get overly involved with the series. Possibly Muse is doing the same. 

    • Anonymous

      I can’t get past the Bruno Mars song. Gag. 

      And I think Muse (and RPattz) are both interested in getting their music away from the Twi Series. As much as I love, I don’t blame them. 

      • The Old One

        Agree.

    • Stacey

      The lead singer of Muse is probably to busy changing diapers of his new baby and being married (?) to Kate Hudson. The movie producers probably asked him to write a new song about ‘deperate love’, ‘eternal love’, ‘love without borders’ and the Jacob approved ‘Puppy love’. Muse guy scoffed and said something like, “Sorry blokes, I’ve been up twenty-four hours giving bottles to the baby.” The last thing on that guy wants to think about is other people’s babies, particularly the demon variety.

  • blackgirltwihard

    Kinda excited about Christina Perri anything reminiscent of Lykke Li and Blind Melon…#sold. I read somewhere that Muse said something really wack about Twilight, which is why I bet they were left out. NM really had the bomb soundtrack to me…

  • HowToBe

    Was anybody else secretly hoping Adele would bust out something for BD? I know, I know. Combining my 2 favorite things would just bring about too much happiness.

    • Sagalvr

      Yes! I was just thinking that too. Jinx! (Someone Like You is basically Jacob’s song in Breaking Dawn. Come to think of it so is Rolling in the Deep)

  • alice_av

    I only agree that Alexander Desplat has the best soundtrack of the Saga, The meadow still makes me cry…

    • Diane

      I agree – loved Alexander Desplat and LOVED The Meadow.  To me, The Meadow is what Bella’s Lullaby should have been.  So beautiful. 

      • alice_av

        I totally agree with you, Desplat should had done Bella’s Lullaby for sure.

  • TeamSwitz

    I LOVE being introduced to new music! I did not know I liked Indie music until the Twilight… well New Moon sound track came out. I pretty much listen to those soundtracks (still) non stop. I should probably just go out and get some of the artists Cd’s…mmmm good idea. Anyways I am pretty excited about this soundtrack besides Bruno Mars (which I do like him and the song but he is sooo not Twilight, but maybe I will be proved wrong!!!) and no Alexandre Desplat :( :( He is a genius not really sure what happened there… Overall I am pretty darn excited about everything!! 

    Oh and I am reading it again as well you gotta be all up to date and ready for when the movie comes out no shame ladies or gentleman ;) My husband just laughs at me cause I get totally stuck in the Twi world no matter how many times I have read them… I will not say my “number”….. 

  • Stacey

    It took me awhile to take in what exactly my feelings are about the soundtrack. Then I realized I was so fixated on why the heck Bruno Mars was on the soundtrack that I was ignoring the other bands. All I can do is shake my head sadly and ask why? Oh wait…Jacob is going to get ‘sad’ and strip off his shirt and morph into a wolf and start running in the rfain to this song. Just the thought is making me cringe.

    I do, however, love Joy Formidable and have been playing Whirring constantly. I was also pleasantly happy with those clips, Moon from Sleeping At Last and Theophilus London. My fingers are crossed that I will find some great new bands to enjoy. Remember last year when SnowWhite Drifted (WC Stacey) wrote a letter reviewing the Eclipse soundtrack for you guys? I learned an important fact…sometimes it’s worth springing for the deluxe edition. If I didn’t, I wouldn’t have discovered Bombay Bicycle Club and that would have been a darn shame! (They are terrific!)

    • Anonymous

      Wait, Deluxe Edition?  Bombay Bicycle Club?  Dang it! 

      Love Joy Formidables too.  I have to say I was ignorant of ‘Indie’ music until the Twilight CD’s woke me out of my sleep.  I don’t love the NM CD, but have the other two and will more thank likely get the BDP1 CD as well.  Luckily we have a great Alternative station here that lists the songs the play online, so has introduced me to tons of other alternative bands I like.  I normally just build my library by songs and makes mix CDs.  I know, pretty old school, but I hate commercials and love listening to a long stretch of music I love, uninterrupted.

  • Edible Art?

    Thanks for the guidance – I too have been introduced  to many new bands via twilight soundtrack albums (mutemath !!!) looking forward to this one but there are definatley a few boring blah sounding artistes on there sorry Julia and Angus Stone but no you would annoy the hell out of me im with Moon on that one !

    • The Old One

      I’m not a fan of baby voice singing.  Otherwise the song might have some potential, but I can’t get over that.

  • MariaCecilia

    Now I’ve listened, and it seems a nice, eclectic mix: too bad most of the tracks will only feature for 15 seconds judging by the way Eclipse utilised the soundtrack songs.. :-( 
    Present favourites: The Belle Brigade, Sleeping at last and The Joy Formidables. I already love Iron and Wine, and I beg to differ about the Twi composers – Carter Burwell and Bella’s lullaby did much more for me than Alexander Dúplats pretty but sentimental themes..I cry everytime I hear it and want to go climb a tree immediately!

    • Anonymous

      I too loved Bella’s lullaby by Carter Burwell, in fact it inspired me to start piano lessons and buy a piano (true!), however I also love the NM soundtrack -it’s in the CD player in my car as we ‘speak’ – and 
      The Meadow is a truly beautiful piece (thank you Mr Desplat).  Love all the soundtracks for their impact on my musical education.  I’m one of those people who can listen to a new song over and over and it grows on me until I love it then can’t remember why I didn’t!

  • Anonymous

    I think my favorite so far has been the Eclipse soundtrack. Actually, New Moon is number two and Twilight is number three. Maybe the pattern will hold and BD will be the best one yet. Maybe.

  • Anonymous

    Okay, these are the random thoughts that come to mind for me after reading this post:
    1. Um, my band has more facebook likes than these people. Which just pisses me off (visit us at http://www.facebook.com/loveaxe to like us. Maybe we’ll be on BD Part 2, cause apparently you don’t have to be a real band to be on this soundtrack)
    2. I saw the Belle Brigade earlier this year and wasn’t really feeling it. The genre is kind of my thing, so I wanted to like it, but didn’t. Even though the sister looks like Bob Dylan.
    3. I live in the Bay Area and am going to Hardly Strictly Bluegrass this weekend too!!! Let’s get drunk!!

  • Jean

    This taught me that we completely opposite tastes in music. Everything you loved I couldn’t stand and vice versa. I guess every musician needs fans :)  
    Maybe Iron & Wine will be the wedding band??

  • Anonymous

    Thanks hooker

  • 3hboyshouse

    Thank you Moon for keeping me up with the cool kids’ music!  I love having someone who can tell me which cool new music to listen to next.    
    I am really lovin’ The Belle Brigade.  I have a thing for lesbianish music.  Indigo Girls, Brandie Carlisle, etc.  I am getting that feeling from them.  It may just be her haircut though.  Srsly, I do love having someone who actually knows about music give me advice on new stuff!

  • Anonymous

    Thanks for your research, links and insight, Moon.  I would have been too lazy and waited until available.

    1. Love
    2. Nice sound but Julie’s voice, not so much.
    3. Not bad. I don’t listen to Bruno and not sure how it will fit into the movie. Maybe a song they will listen to while driving.
    4. May like
    5. Not bad, but still undecided.
    6. Don’t like jar of hears because it sounds depressing.  Let’s see what the soundtrack song sounds like.
    7. Me likey
    8. Like
    9. Like
    10. We will see
    11. Love
    Gave up after this one.  You are right, long list to review, but again, thanks. 

  • TeamSeth

    So OT and very late in coming (heh), but someone, some day was asking for that shirtless, wet, manip of Steve Jones and Taylor.

    I found it.

    http://hphotos-sjc1.fbcdn.net/hphotos-snc6/181730_10100712230566051_2002105_76438706_1617604_n.jpg

  • Anonymous

    Excellent music research Moon! Thanks!

    Jury’s still out (for me) on the selection of artists for this soundtrack. Some fav’s… but seemingly far and few this time.  I’m a tiny bit bummed.  But who knows… maybe the actual tracks will pleasantly surprise.

    Bruno Mars’ early release isn’t helping… not diggin’ it so far. Maybe because I keep getting Terence Trent D’arby flashbacks when I listen to it. Aaanywhoos…

  • http://twitter.com/ange_rivera Angela Rivera

    Hi guys! I have to say my favourite song in the soundtrack right now is Flightless Bird, American Mouth, I loved it in Twilight and will be a perfect strategy to keep us crying our eyes out on november! I have to ask: Is ‘It will rain’ the lead song as Paramore, DCFTC and Muse? It doesn’t sound so much like that, since the lead song it supposes to represent the whole mood of the movie, it sounds more like Jacob-Bella thing (my opinion) and I’ve heard so many radios that presented it that way

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  • Cyn

    Maybe the directors had some say, but most of the music from these movies is there because of Alexandra Patsavas. If you look into the other work she does – Grey’s Anatomy, for example – you can see that the soundtrack for all of these movies are hers more than anyone else’s. She has incredible taste.

  • MeadowLupine

    You are so awesome; thanks for doing this! Here are my thoughts:

    –The Joy Formidable remind me of Lush (I’m old), and a little of Metric. Definitely a Twilight sound there. Not liking the pretentious name though.

    –I’m with you a bit on the Zzzz of the Stone siblings, but she does have a unique timbre, even if it is a bit much at times.

    –I also don’t hate the Mars song. I’m not a big fan of mainstream pop, but I do appreciate the amount of emotion he infuses into the vocal line. And the melody/atmospherics are nice and melancholic. I think this is definitely going to be a song from Edward’s perspective, even though I think the mood of it kinda fits Jacob’s grief. I like the verses way better than the chorus and bridge, and can see the lame factor others are seeing in those. I *really* don’t think it’s as bad as “Kiss from a Rose,” though *shudder* or as cliche as “Everything I do…” If he’d re-written the chorus and bridge, I don’t think people would hate it as much as they do.

    –Thanks to your link I checked out more of Sleeping at Last, and a few of his songs are really sticking with me (“Homesick,” “Page 28,” a few others). I know that I’m being really really prejudiced with this, and have given myself several talkings-to about it, but I’m having a little difficulty getting past the “Christian band” thing… Even if they say they’re just Christians in a band, not a Christian band per se, it still affects the listening experience for me. I’ve told myself that Stephenie is a Mormon and I’ve read her books just fine, so why can’t I get past it with Sleeping At Last? Hmm… Maybe because with Stephenie I can kinda look past her sometimes conservative leanings and just enjoy her deep character development (though the “tree hugger” comment Charlie makes to Bella never fails to annoy the crap out of me), but musicians just can’t seem to help putting something in there about God/Jesus when they’re religious? Maybe? I don’t know, but I’m trying to give them a try. I’m just hearing the lyrics differently than when I knew the Christian thing. Like when he says something is “made for stronger hands,” I’m now wondering if he means Jesus or if he just means he isn’t strong enough for something, y’know?

    –Re: The Features, yeah it’ll be some sort of motorcycle-riding or party song or similar. I keep wondering what they’re going to dance to in the streets of Rio…

    –Really liking the Christina Perri, especially this track you put up. Her songs are a touch formulaic for me, but beautifully delivered, and that makes up for it for me. (Also, I knew someone once who coulda been the subject of this song, so it really resonated for me.) I’m so glad she’ll get to do a love song for Edward and Bella as I’m sure it’ll be really genuine, not only because she’s a fan of the books, but because her music just has that quality.

    –LOVin’ the Theophilus. Ver ver nice. I hope “Neighbors” is just as cool AND expressive. That he managed both at once so well in “Humdrum..” is remarkable. Cast gotta be dancin’ to one of his tunes. Would fit the aforementioned Rio scene…

    –Really like The Belle Brigade too, and that they did Hardly Strictly increases their cool factor exponentially for me (I’m envious you got to go this year!). Nothing like siblings for that close bluegrass blend… and I love how kick-ass, don’t-give-a-damn butch the sis is (hot!).

    –Yep, guess I’m a Queen of Twilight. Haha. The Noisettes have a great punky/jangly sound, nice and frenetic. The lyrics remind me a little of “Sister Rosetta Goes Before Us,” that old standard song… wonder if there’s any tie to it. Here’s probably the best version ever of it: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QTmWiGYIQjg
    And I’m guessing this is the Sister Rosetta the Noisettes are referring to: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sister_Rosetta_Tharpe

    –I also have found bupkis on Northern Lights.

    –Ditto the “duh” that of course “Flightless…” will be in the wedding. IMO, Sam Beam is still one of the coolest of all the Twilight soundtrack choices. He’s a *masterful* lyricist, and really down-to-earth-performer (I’ve been lucky enough to see him live).

    –I can’t get the Imperial Mammoth page to play me the tracks, but I am chalking them up in the “pretentious band name” category with The Joy Formidable…

    –Haha, Aqualung and Lucy Shwartz remind me of college too. I’m kinda in-between about them. She obviously has a lovely voice though, so I’ve got open ears. Matt just reminds me too much of all the other shuffley-footed arty boys I’ve known in my life, but, still, I have open ears for “Cold.”

    –Okay, so there are some great clips up out there of Mia Maestro singing, and she is REALLY GOOD (I’m speaking as a voice coach here too, so know what I’m sayin’). She’s clearly had a lot of classical training, and I bet Llovera will be in that vein. She KICKS ROB’S ASS at singing (I know, probably not hard to do), and I’m really looking forward to hearing her track. I’m sure it will be very beautiful. I was a little surprised to see this in Part *1* though, as it would have made sense to have her singing a lullaby for Renesmee in Part 2. Actually, my first thought when seeing her name on the list was that it would be a lullaby to Renesmee…. Hey, I bet it could be still, actually!! It could be something played when Edward falls in love with the child whose thoughts he begins to hear. See, now *that* would be perfect, to have Carmen’s voice come in there to kind of foreshadow how much everyone will love this child…
    Though your bad solo/unity candle scene does kinda sound unmissable…
    Oh, here’s a Mia clip. The song is kinda sucky and not the right genre for her voice, but really, trust me, the girl can sing, I can tell:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wyTu7dwa6F8

    –Okay, now we come to the comment that made me start this reply…. YES, there is someone else who does NOT like Carter Burwell!! (I’m NOT crazy!) I’ve heard several people go on and on about how happy they are that he’s back! He absolutely butchered what could have been Bella’s Lullaby!! It’s not a lullaby at all!! Can we please have the brilliant Alexandre Desplat go back and re-do it? Please? As for Shore, honestly, I’ve only seen Eclipse a few times and can’t remember his work on it too well, but *do* like “Jacob’s Theme” on the soundtrack, a lot. Shore I’m sure would be miles better than Burwell though. *unhappy face* Desplat did an absolutely beautiful job on the New Moon film, and I’m so glad we got to have him for that one at least, but how nice would it have been to have him in the end of the story? I’m crossing my fingers that Burwell will at least not mess Breaking Dawn up as much as he did Twilight. Hmmph.

    –And a PTL Rob’s not on again here as well. Haha, didn’t know anyone else felt that way. I hope he and Billy Burke stick to their day jobs, because they’re both amazing actors. Now, I don’t think they’re *horrendous* singers, don’t get me wrong, they just are both missing something skill-wise. As for Rob, he’s obviously a skilled guitar player, even if he needs to work on his too extreme dynamic shifts, and I *really* appreciate the passion in his voice–I actually like “Let Me Sign” for that reason… But the singing… whew… first of all, he slurs all his words together, which is something that is totally fixable if he works with a vocal coach. And he takes on affectations from other singers, it seems, which takes from the genuineness of the performance for me. But the main problem for me is with his control and pitch. He clips notes off early due to loss of control of them, sings flat, has volume come in and out, etc., again, all control issues. But I’m going on way too much, I think, because I’d love to see him work with someone and get some of this stuff in hand so he can better do what he obviously loves doing.

    –I’m not as big a Muse fan as Stephenie is, but yeah, I guess I am a little surprised not to see them here. They’ll probably be in Part 2 though.

    –Here are the bands I’ve ended up loving the most from past soundtracks:The Black Ghosts (and “Full Moon” was used PERFECTLY in the film), Blue Foundation, Iron and Wine (who I already loved, but will include anyway), Radiohead’s “15 Step,” Thom Yorke’s solo work (“Hearing Damage” was also used perfectly), Lykke Li (again, perfect use of “Possibility”), Alexandre Desplat (New Moon theme was perfect), Metric, Florence and the Machine, Sia, The Black Keys, Bat for Lashes (mentioning in part because I was already a fan) and finally, Shore’s “Jacob’s Theme.”
    “I Belong to You” is my favorite of the Muse contributions, but I’m on the fence about putting them on the “love” list; I like it a lot, I’ll say that.

    –Looking at the list of new artists, I think the ones who are contenders for being loved by me as much as the above-mentioned are: 
    –Sleeping At Last, maybe, if he doesn’t get too sleepy (and I’m not worried about him bringing in the big J for a soundtrack song). I think he’s capable of something really beautiful and hope he pulls it off for Breaking Dawn.
    –Christina Perri, because of her passion and genuineness.
    –Theophilus, because of that sexy mix of cool and vulnerable expressiveness he seems to have down.
    –The Belle Brigade, if they go really bluegrassy.
    –I already love Iron & Wine, but I’m sure this version of Flightless will be gorgeous.
    –I bet Mia Maestro is going to do some gorgeous classical-leaning vocal piece, and HOPE they make her sing a lullaby to the baby! (when she’s born, when Edward first hears her, when Bella and/or Rosalie are protecting her, whenever!) If they don’t on this soundtrack, I hope they do on the next!
    –and Cider Sky and Imperial Mammoth will just remain mysteries to me for now I guess.

    Okay, I went on waaaay too long, but I think this must be a compendium of all my thoughts on the Twilight music, haha! Thanks again for your post, themoonisdown!!

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