Album Review: 'The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 1' Soundtrack

73 Billboard Rating

VARIOUS ARTISTS
"The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn-Part 1"
Producers: various
Chop Shop/Atlantic Records
Release Date: Nov. 8

Cee Lo Green's pre-"Fuck You" presence on the soundtrack to "The Twilight Saga: Eclipse" last year seemed to signal an expansion of the series' indie-dominated musical brand. That opening-up continues here with tunes by hipster-rap MC Theophilus London and Green's pal Bruno Mars, who contributes the lead single, the moody pop-soul cut "It Will Rain." Not that an increased urban vibe crowds out the indie stuff: The Joy Formidable opens the set with "Endtapes," a Pixies-style fuzz-guitar jam, while elsewhere the soundtrack includes cuts by the Noisettes, Aqualung and Iron and Wine, which reprises its song "Flightless Bird, American Mouth" from the original 2008 soundtrack. (The fresh rendition appends "Wedding Version" to its title, which seems to suggest where the song figures in the film.) Fans also get a new tune, "I Didn't Mean It," from the Belle Brigade, the Los Angeles brother-sister duo responsible for one of 2011's finest debuts. Let's hope it'll score some of the shine this vampire-flick franchise can still provide.

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