EARNEST ECLIPSE: “THE TWILIGHT SAGA: ECLIPSE” SOUNDTRACK BREAKDOWN
In the lead-up to the June 30 release of the third Twilight film, Twi-hards have any another item over which to obsess, the soundtrack, which is surprisingly diverse and strong for such a massive release. Here is the DLB track-by-track breakdown:
METRIC – “Eclipse (All Yours)”
This mid-tempo number is pleasant but lacks the bite one normally affiliates with the Toronto foursome. Tastefully anthemic
MUSE – “Neuron Star Collision (Love Is Forever)”
The British trio, who seem to have become massive overnight, treat us to some glam rock piano melodrama, and ode to eternal love which winds itself up into epic, Queen-style heights.
THE BRAVERY – “Ours”
The New York pop-rock quintet unleashes a driving, guitar-heavy track about the intensity of, you guessed it, love. Mike Hindert’s fuzzy bass leads the way, while singer Sam Endicott pleads believably.
FLORENCE + THE MACHINE – “Heavy In Your Arms”
Florence Welch channels Siouxsie in this passionate dirge characterized by a slapping beat, epic choral vocals and menacing strings. Best track so far.
SIA – “My Love”
The Aussie singer recalls Kate Bush on this lovely, string-laden track. Beautiful piano line.
FANFARLO – “Atlas”
London’s Fanfarlo recalls Blue Rodeo on this stately, alt-rock number. Singer Simon Balthazar provides soft, hushed vocals.
Ohio’s finest grind out a gritty blues number that might give Twi-hards tingly feelings in places they didn’t know existed.
THE DEAD WEATHER – “Rolling In On a Burning Tire”
More dirty blues from the “supergroup” featuring Jack White and Alison Mosshart. But give it up for guitarist Dean Fertita who uses reverb to soul-shaking effect.
BECK AND BAT FOR LASHES – “Let’s Get Lost”
Bat For Lash’s Natasha Khan descends from another planet to deliver this synthetic slice of otherworldly pop. Professional oddball Beck’s voice is the perfect complement.
VAMPIRE WEEKEND – “Jonathan Low”
When did Vampire Weekend become The Smiths? Too twee by far.
UNKLE (FEAT. THE BLACK ANGELS) – “With You in My Head”
Twi-hards don’t do drugs, but hallucinogens are the best way to enjoy this oddly menacing but danceable number.
EASTERN CONFERENCE CHAMPIONS – “A Million Miles an Hour”
Who? This Philly-spawned trio provides the rawk with this latter-day Jane’s Addiction-style track channelled via Led Zeppelin.
BAND OF HORSES – “Life On Earth”
South Carolina’s finest channel The Band and Pink Floyd on this airy track suffused with beautiful harmony vocals.
CEE-LO GREEN – “What Part of Forever”
Cee-Lo (Gnarls Barkley, Goodie Mob) deserves a solo hit, and this catchy number could do it for him, with its galloping drums and soulful vocals.
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