Various Artists, "The Twilight Saga: New Moon Original Motion Picture Soundtrack "

85 Billboard Rating

Given that last year's "Twilight" soundtrack sold more than 2 million copies, according to Nielsen SoundScan, it's not surprising that the sequel's companion album largely reproduces the first set's alt-rock grab-bag approach-albeit with bigger names befitting the higher profile of "New Moon." Music supervisor Alexandra Patsavas landed top-shelf exclusives from the Killers (the spacey, piano-led "A White Demon Love Song"), Thom Yorke ("Hearing Damage," a tense piece of digital electro-funk) and Death Cab for Cutie ("Meet Me on the Equinox," guitar-guy melancholia at its prettiest). But Patsavas' real accomplishment is using "New Moon" to introduce mainstream listeners to hipster-beloved indie acts: Grizzly Bear contributes a typically gorgeous psych-folk incantation called "Slow Life" (with guest vocals from Beach House's Victoria Legrand), and Bon Iver's Justin Vernon duets with St. Vincent on "Roslyn," which could warm even a vampire's heart.-Mikael Wood

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