‘The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn — Part 2’ soundtrack
The mark of a successful soundtrack is the realization that you can enjoy it completely divorced from the film it accompanies. “Saturday Night Fever” and “Garden State” come to mind. The “Twilight” franchise, starring Robert Pattinson and Kristen Stewart as brooding star-crossed lovers, has been hip to that approach since the beginning. The latest edition stays true to the blueprint, enlisting a broad swath of artists of varying degrees of fame and genre. Green Day, sounding a little out of sorts on the insipid “The Forgotten,” is sandwiched between British pop star Ellie Goulding and indie chanteuse Feist. The only common thread is that most of the songs are heavy on mood, spanning from pastoral folk (James Vincent McMorrow’s “Ghosts”) to jittery synth-pop (Passion Pit’s “Where I Come From”). There’s also saccharine ballads: “A Thousand Years (Part 2),” by Christina Perri and Steve Kazee, and “All I’ve Ever Needed,” featuring Paul McDonald and Nikki Reed, who plays Rosalie Hale in the series. “Everything and Nothing,” by electro-pop band the Boom Circuits, best embodies the emotional core of “Twilight”: “She loves everything and nothing at all.” (Out Tuesday)
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