Ah, I can smell the teenage angst pheremones now...gaggity. Seriously, Twilight movie fans, pick up the book series if you've been in hibernation and play some select tunes from this soundtrack in the background while you read. I watched the movie (twice! and the screenplay was crap! damn you, vamp lust!) and was disappointed that the best track of the film did not make it onto the album: "15 Step" by Radiohead. Better yet, listen to OK Computer or In Rainbows to get you in the mood. My gut tells me that author Stephenie Meyer may not have been hip enough to steer away from Coldplay/Muse to delve into the depth of Thom Yorke's alienation for inspiration on Vampire Yearning, 101.
Here's a brief but handy "mood" guide to help you make the most of your Twilight listening pleasure:
"Get up and go... chase Kristin Stewart down the street as she films the sequel" mood: The album kickstarts with "Supermassive Black Hole" by Muse. It's a super-charged, in-your-face track that gets you primed for another in-your-face, "Decode" by Paramore.
"Take out the lighter or watch a One Tree Hill re-run" mood: Linkin Park's "Leave Out All the Rest" and "Eyes on Fire" by Blue Foundation might have you staring into a flame.
"Defining songs for the album and film" mood: The Black Ghost's "Full Moon". The song is rich in a California dreaming kind of way. And an Iron & Wine folksy favourite, "Flightless Bird, American Mouth" might be the most upbeat track.
Mumble magic mood: Robert "Sparkle" Pattinson, accomplished classically trained pianist, Bob Dylan's his way through "Never Think". I'm thinking he never would have made it past the gong show of American Idol with this tune. Rob, keep to Bella's Lullaby and work on your vocals in the meantime.
Tracks to skip over mood: An forgettable contribution by Collective Soul (oh. god. really? are. they. still. around?). And if I hear any of you pimply punks roaring by with your souped up honda civic squatters blasting the harmonized whining of "Go All the Way" by Perry Farrell, I will pull up to you at a stoplight and brain you with my anti-theft steering wheel hook, or pray for the universe to put you out of everyone else's misery. In the movie, the song was played at prom night. In the movie theatre, this is where I prayed to go deaf.
Review by: Mala Rupnarain
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Muse - "Supermassive Black Hole"