Sunday, November 6, 2011

New CD releases November 8th 2011

Welcome back to another rundown of what is hot and not in the world of new releases. Actually there is only one new release on this weeks list. There was so much crap being released this week that I decided not to bother commenting on it. "If you can't say something nice..."
So instead, since we seem to be having an impromptu Twilight week, here is a rundown of the top 4 Twilight soundtrack CDs.

Various Artists - Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn (Part 1)
For those of you who have heard music from the Twilight Saga already then there will be some familiar names/sounds on this disc. Carter Burwell who scored the original Twilight movie returns, as do Iron and Wine with a new version of their previously used tune, 'Flightless Bird, American Mouth'.
Also included on this soundtrack are The Joy Formidable, Angus & Julia Stone, Bruno Mars, Christina Perri, Theophilus London, Noisettes, Aqualung & Lucy Schwartz and Mia Maestro amongst others.

Various Artists - Twilight Soundtrack
The music from the first movie was much darker and harder than anyone could have anticipated for a soppy (angst-ridden) teen vampire love flick, featuring tracks from Muse, Paramore and Linkin Park as well as a song from Robert Pattinson (the movie's lead male). Who would have thought that RP was so talented? I hear he can juggle too. Carter Burwell, ace movie scorer, closes out the disc with a softer orchestral track called Bella's Lullaby.

Various Artists - Twilight Saga: New Moon
The second movie added an extra dimension (Jacob) which also slightly changed the direction of the music. It turned a little softer, while remaining strongly planted in the indie music field. Muse return with Death Cab for Cutie, Band of Skulls, OK Go and Thom Yorke from Radiohead getting involved this time around with support from The Killers, Black Rebel Motorcycle Club and Grizzly Bear. You can almost feel the despair rising as the disc progresses. I wonder if Thom told the rest of Radiohead that he was doing a song for a Twilight movie.

Various Artists - Twilight Saga: Eclipse
Can you feel this 3rd Twilight soundtrack becoming more commercially oriented? More names  have jumped on the Twilight bandwagon, as it's appeal flirts more with the mainstream. Muse are back for their 3rd time around with Florence + The Machine, The Black Keys and the aptly named Vampire Weekend. Cee Lo Green and Beck also add their talents to this shiny silver coaster. Sadly, nothing really stands out on this disc unlike on the previous incarnations.

Hope you enjoyed this diversion from the regular 'New Release' format in honor of the new Twilight movie and because there was nothing worth reviewing this week. If you want to hear samples or buy any of these items then click the pic next to the review or in the widget box near the top.
You will be pleased to hear that we will return to the usual format next week.

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