Various Artists, "The Twilight Saga: Eclipse Soundtrack"

3.5

After contributing an album cut and a remix, respectively, to the two previous "Twilight" soundtracks, Muse crops up on the franchise's third installment with a new song, "Neutron Star Collison (Love Is Forever)," that perfectly demonstrates why the English rock trio has connected so deeply with "Twilight" fans. Like series author Stephenie Meyer (who's called Muse her favorite band), frontman Matt Bellamy knows how to make over-the-top melodrama feel like a shared secret. Elsewhere on "Eclipse"--which adheres to the "Twilight" soundtrack formula of mixing alt-rock heavyweights with buzzed-about indie acts--the Dead Weather works a gnarly goth-blues groove in "Rolling In on a Burning Tire," Beck and Bat for Lashes channel David Bowie's "Heroes" on "Let's Get Lost," and Sia does her signature breathy-ballad thing on "My Love." Gnarls Barkley singer Cee-Lo Green turns up with an unexpected bit of spaced-out soul-pop ("What Part of Forever"), while Vampire Weekend goes surprisingly moody on "Jonathan Low," which sucks much of the fun out of the band's Afro-prep sound. --Mikael Wood