The Eclipse soundtrack is released today, and if there's one thing I can tell you, it's this: ignore the preconceptions that a Twilight soundtrack must, by definition, be moody. Yes, the New Moon soundtrack is a complete mood-fest, but it's also satisfyingly solid. Eclipse's music shares a lot of similarities with its New Moon predecessor: Alexandra Patsavas once again supervised, and each song was written exclusively for Eclipse — but unlike New Moon, this is far more upbeat and, at times, much lighter.
Leading the pack of the lively tracks is Cee-Lo Green's "What Part of Forever" — my hands-down favorite of the whole soundtrack. It's an unexpected twist on the whole undying love thing — the theme is there, just delivered in a more celebratory package. Vampire Weekend's "Jonathan Low" and Fanfarlo's "Atlas" also provide some buoyancy, as does the bonus track of relatively unknown Bombay Bicycle Club and its "How Can You Swallow So Much Sleep." I even find the Muse contribution "Neutron Star Collision" to be surprisingly euphoric.
But let's be real, there's still plenty of broodiness on this album; to hear about it and what else I liked, just read more.
If you're looking for a grand ballad, look no further than Sia's "My Love" — it's impossible to listen to this song and not imagine Robert Pattinson staring into Kristen Stewart's eyes on screen. Giving us a very dramatic Bella perspective is Florence and the Machine's "Heavy in Your Arms."
Rounding out my favorites are songs from the artists I didn't expect to see on the soundtrack (I love thinking about Jack White thinking about Twilight). He and The Dead Weather give Eclipse their blessing with a typically hard and heavy "Rolling in on a Burning Tire," while Band of Horses doesn't stray from its own style for "Life on Earth," nor do The Black Keys for "Chop and Change."
Will you be taking a bite of the soundtrack today? If you do, let me know in comments or in your own post in the Music Review Group in community.