Feel free to hate the Twilight “Saga”. Please. You are fully justified. But you don’t have to be a fan of the movies to appreciate the soundtracks.
Last year I gave you a sampling of the music from Twilight. It was one of my favorite cd’s last year. Lots of good stuff on there. This year I picked up the New Moon soundtrack, expecting to like it just as much.
On first listen, I found myself skipping through the songs, only stopping for a minute or so on each one. I wasn’t so sure I was excited about them. This soundtrack seemed a little more subdued (is that the word I’m looking for?) than the last one. A little slower? A little…uh…I dunno. It was kind of like trying to listen to an entire Cranberries album in one sitting, if that makes sense. No, that doesn’t feel quite right. It’s hard to find the right words. Fuzzy? Foggy? Hazy?
There is a definite indie quality to it, even more so than the first one, I think, which I suppose can make it feel less immediately…accessible? I decided to live with it for a few days in the car, and by the fourth or fifth time through I was pretty much sold.
Here’s a sampling of the cd. You only get about 30 seconds of each song, but it will give you an idea.
1. Meet Me on the Equinox – Death Cab For Cutie (The first time I heard this I thought it was like Willie Nelson meets Neil Tennant, and then I realized it was DCFC, and then I laughed at myself.)
2. Friends – Band of Skulls (This is DynaGirl’s favorite and one of the more up or fun songs, if you will. A good sing-along.)
3. Hearing Damage – Thom Yorke (This is Chuck’s favorite.)
4. Possibility – Lykke Li (I think I first heard this song on a SYTYCD routine, and the chick’s voice kinda bugged, but now I think it’s pretty—I still skip it sometimes, though.)
5. A White Demon Love Song – The Killers (I was surprised to find that this is not one of my favorites–you know how I love The Killers!–but it’s growing on me.)
6. Satellite Heart – Anya Marina (I like this song more and more every time I hear it.)
7. I Belong to You – Muse (Muse is always a good time.)
8. Roslyn – Bon Iver & St. Vincent (I cannot make sense out of these words, which I guess is just as well considering I can’t make out most of them anyway.)
9. Done All Wrong – Black Rebel Motorcycle Club (My favorite line: All the wrong I’ve done will be undone in song.)
10. Monsters – Hurricane Bells (Goose’s favorite—another fun sing-along and one of the few upbeat songs.)
11. The Violet Hour – Sea Wolf (My girls like this one, too. I hope they never really figure out what they’re singing, though.)
12. Shooting the Moon – OK Go (At first I found the drum beat a little overwhelming, but this one’s OK.)
13. Slow Life – Grizzly Bear with Victoria LeGrand (An apt title, but has that cool guitar thing going. Maybe one of my favorites, actually.)
14. No Sound But the Wind – Editors (The first time I heard this one I wanted to poke my ears out—“Help me to carry the fii-uh…it will light our way for-e-vuh”—but it’s cheese has grown on me some.)
15. New Moon (The Meadow) – Alexandre Desplat (Lovely instrumental.)
Definitely not as good as the first one, for me, but all in all a pretty decent soundtrack despite the lack of Paramore.
What do you think?