Music Review – New Moon Soundtrack

The soundtrack for the highly anticipated Twilight sequel, New Moon, was released October 16.

Following the first movie’s impressive list of tracks, the New Moon soundtrack has a lot to live up to.

Highlights from the Twilight soundtrack include Muse’s “Supermassive Black Hole,” “Decode,” performed by Paramore and inspired by the movie and the vocals of Robert Pattinson, who of course, plays Edward. There isn’t one song I don’t like, and the placement of them in the movie was phenomenal.

So, being the nerd that I am, I rushed out on the first day to get New Moon’s CD. Every song is original to the soundtrack, which had the possibility to be great or lame.

The first time I listened to it, I was extremely disappointed. However, when I looked up the lyrics and listened to it a second time, I liked more songs.

The indie-rock band Death Cab for Cutie performs the lead single “Meet Me on the Equinox.” It is a great follow-up to “Decode,” the lead single from Twilight’s soundtrack. The song is about meeting another person halfway, because you only have so much time in your life.

I think this song represents Bella and Jacob’s relationship. When Edward is no longer a part of her life, Jacob helps her to move on from a state of depression.

Along with the theme of Jacob’s friendship, the song “Friends” deals with the vital role he plays in Bella’s life. The lyric “I need every wakin’ hour with you,” is a great representation of the desperate way she holds onto Jacob’s healing effect.

The song “Possibility” by Lykke Li is one that I instantly thought I would not enjoy. The repetition throughout the song bothered me at first, but I think it is important in conveying the feelings of deep sadness this movie deals with.

One of my favorite songs is by The Killers, called “White Demon Love Song.” It starts off almost like a lullaby and then the beat kicks up, becoming a pleading song. I imagine that this song is Jacob begging Bella to give loving him a chance.

Just as on the first soundtrack, Muse makes another fantastic contribution with the song “I Belong to You.”

Two of the less enjoyable songs are by singer Anya Marina and the band Editors. Neither song represents the feeling of the movie well.

While I was listening to the song, “Hearing Damage,” I was waiting for it to pick up at some point, and it didn’t. The songs that were slower and simple on Twilight’s CD were much catchier than this one.

Even though the soundtrack was better the second time, it still doesn’t compare to the first movie’s. Listeners should keep an open mind when listening to New Moon’s soundtrack.