Breaking Down the 'Breaking Dawn - Part 2' Soundtrack from a Fan's Perspective

Breaking Down the 'Breaking Dawn - Part 2' Soundtrack from a Fan's Perspective

Oct 11, 2012

One of the segments of the Twilight franchise that TwiHards always look forward to is the movie soundtrack. It’s actually one of the few areas where just about everyone agrees. Team Edward, Team Jacob, and even a few self-processed Twi-haters bond over the soundtracks. The interest goes back to the early days in the Twilight Saga novels when Stephenie Meyer created playlists for each one. Today this is commonplace, but back in 2005 not many authors had detailed websites, and sharing playlists to go along with their work was relatively unheard of.

This year’s soundtrack has some familiar themes. Once again it features a lot of indie and up-in-coming groups. Most of the artists are new to the Twilight Saga, but there are some notable alumni. As was the case with Breaking Dawn -- Part 1, there is some previously released music being included. Generally speaking, before Breaking Dawn -- Part 1, soundtrack music has been all previously unheard tracks. So, new and old alike, what is the fan opinion of the 14 tracks on Breaking Dawn - Part 2?

1. Where I Come from — Passion Pit
2. Bittersweet — Ellie Goulding
3. The Forgotten — Green Day
4. Fire in the Water — Feist
5. Everything and Nothing — The Boom Circuits
6. The Antidote — St. Vincent
7. Speak Up — POP ETC
8. Heart of Stone — Iko
9. Cover Your Tracks — A Boy and His Kite
10. Ghosts — James Vincent McMorrow
11. All I’ve Ever Needed — Paul McDonald & Nikki Reed
12. New for You — Reeve Carney
13. A Thousand Years (Part Two) – Christina Perri
14. Plus Que Ma Prope Vie — Carter Burwell

Fans were able to hear a bit of IKO’s Heart of Stone back in February assuming they went to Target at midnight to get their Breaking Dawn -- Part 1 DVDs and BDs. Attendees were treated to a scene in Breaking Dawn -- Part 2 underscored with IKO’s music. It was an instant hit and sent people scurrying to discover who the artist was. As I was covering that event, the fan next to me remarked, “It’s so peaceful and hauntingly beautiful. Just perfect for the cottage.”

Over 95% of the Twilight Saga music is unique, however there are exceptions to the “all unreleased music” unwritten rule. Last year, the previously released Noisette’s track "Sister Rosetta" underscored the Part 1 scene where Bella frantically ran around preparing for her honeymoon night. The only new element was that the song was rerecorded for the film with virtually no change to the style or sound.

This year it seems like we may have another artist whose previously released music is being featured. Vincent James Morrow’s "We Are Ghosts" has been out for over a year. The Part 2 soundtrack lists a track for him simply entitled "Ghosts." It’s highly likely that we are in the same circumstance with a rerecord being done for the film.

Now it’s true that you can’t please everyone. There’s a bit of rift over the selection of Nikki Reed performing a duo with her husband Paul McDonald of American Idol fame. As much as fans look forward to cast members being on the soundtrack, what they really wanted was a specific cast member back on the last soundtrack. One fan named TV put it, “I’m pretty disappointed with this. I wanted Rob 1,000,000,000x more than I would ever want Nikki and Paul. I like them alright, but they are not Edward. His songs were amazing in Twilight, and it would have been nice to have that come full circle.”

The original Twilight Saga soundtrack featured Paramore’s anthem, "Decode." It was the one song that fans and outsiders instantly identified with the Twilight Saga. It reached iconic levels. If someone from Twilight walked onto a talk show set, chances were Decode underscored their entrance. The song got and still gets significant radio play, and has even been used by American Idol contestants like Colton Dixon.

After the Breaking Dawn -- Part 1 soundtrack released, there was an instant winner for the new anthem song of The Twilight Saga, and that was Christina Perri’s "1,000 Years." It was all over the radio, and the kind of song, that once you heard it, was in your head the rest of the day.

Perri, a self-professed TwiHard with the tattoos to prove it, perfectly captured the emotion of the Bella and Edward relationship. Less than a year after the song was released, another TwiHard named Celica Westbrook, with a collection of Twilight-inspired songs, used to the song to earn herself a coveted spot on NBC’s The Voice.

Other than Muse, who seemed to have burned a few Twilight bridges as evidenced by this MTV interview, there have been few repeat artists to the Twilight Saga soundtracks. Fans are excited to have someone who is a TwiHard back. As one fan, Bitten-n-Smitten reflected, “I can’t wait for Christina Perri’s new take on '1,000 Years.' The first version was so beautiful. I hum it all the time.”

Sitting at the end of the Breaking Dawn -- Part 2 soundtrack list is Carter Burwell’s "Plus Que Ma Prope Vie." Burwell, the composer for Twilight, Breaking Dawn -- Part 1 and Part 2, will likely have another piano feature. The only thing more iconic from the first movie than Parmore’s "Decode," was Burwell’s haunting series of chords from the score that typified longing and loneliness. Fans realize that the title of the track matches the inscription inside the locket that Renesmee wears meaning “more than my own life." Though it’s listed at the end, fans are hoping that it underscores a family moment between Edward, Bella and Renesmee.

The score will officially release on November 13, 2012. Fans are hoping it may get out there earlier as has been the case with previous soundtracks.

We are now down to the wire. It’s just over a month until the Twilight Saga concludes its five-year run. What soundtrack item are you the most interested in?

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