Muse, "Neutron Star Collision (Love Is Forever)"

76 Billboard Rating

The "Twilight" films are marketed to teen vampire lovers, but their soundtracks are an alt-rock fan's dream. Muse holds the distinction of being the only group to appear on all three, this time providing the lead single of the "Eclipse" compilation. "Neutron Star Collision (Love Is Forever)" opens unassumingly enough: Vocalist Matthew Bellamy channels Freddie Mercury as he sweeps his way through a half-time section of pounding piano and intermittent drums, fiercely reminiscent of Queen's most exuberant material. This drama eventually fades in favor of galloping guitar lines and the sort of arena-ready sound that will undoubtedly net the song radio airplay. There's an anthemic, theatrical quality to Bellamy's singing as he declares, "Our love will be forever/And if we die, we die together." Although the sentiment is a bit melodramatic, it will fit the next "Twilight" saga seamlessly.-Evan Lucy

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