The soundtrack for New Moon came out a little while ago, so I thought now would be a good time for a blog post about it. I bought the CD the day after it came out, which was actually three days before it was originally going to be released, so I'd say that's pretty good. Most of the songs seem pretty similar, but after a few listens, I can now judge each and every one of them individually. I find that if I listen to a song over and over again, no matter how bad it is, I can usually find some enjoyment in it.
Okay, so I will give you a list of the tracks for reference throughout the blog:
1. Meet Me on the Equinox - Death Cab for Cutie.
2. Friends - Band of Skulls.
3. Hearing Damage - Thom Yorke.
4. Possibility - Lykke Li.
5. A White Demon Love Song - The Killers.
6. Satellite Heart - Anya Marina.
7. I Belong to You (New Moon Remix) - Muse.
8. Roslyn - Bon Iver & St. Vincent.
9. Done All Wrong - Black Rebel Motorcycle Club.
10. Monsters - Hurricane Bells.
11. The Violet Hour - Sea Wolf.
12. Shooting the Moon - OK Go.
13. Slow Life - Grizzly Bear (with Victoria Legrand)
14. No Sound but the Wind - Editors.
15. New Moon (The Meadow) - Alexandre Desplat.
All of these songs are the ones on the CD; I know there are extra songs available on the album on iTunes. Also, they were all created just for the movie (with the exception of one remix), but I haven't seen anywhere that they are all played in the movie itself. For our purposes, I'm going to assume that they will be present somewhere in the movie.
Now, my thoughts on the songs, artists, and where the song would best fit in the movie:
1. This song was released earlier than the rest, so those of us who are obsessed with the soundtrack could memorize the lyrics before the CD was even released. I loved it at first listen. I love Death Cab. They have such a nice, easy, comfortable sound. The kind of songs you can listen to and walk in nice weather and just feel good. Since I feel like the lyrics of this song do not fit a particular part of the book, nor does the feeling, I can see this being in the credits. Either that or it could be a driving song at the beginning, like Full Moon by The Black Ghosts was for Twilight.
2. I liked this song right away as well. It seems a little shallow, in that you can hear it once or twice and pretty much get it. You won't notice a new instrument strumming along in the background a few months from now and have an epiphany or anything like that. But overall it is a nice song. I don't know anything about Band of Skulls, but the simplicity of the song makes me pretty indifferent toward the artist. I imagine the whole "friends" motif will be before the breakup and blue period, not necessarily after. Probably something with Bella and the Cullens. Another possibility is during the Jacob era, but I have some other ideas for that part.
3. Okay, this song brings about different feelings. It took a LOT longer for me to get used to this song compared to the rest. At first it felt like a complete mess. Sometimes there were lyrics...most of the time just weird pulsing noises. It seemed to go on forever with no direction. Now after becoming aquainted to it, I can listen the whole way through without feeling like I'm wandering off somewhere. Now it is more definite, and I've gotten used to the lack of verses and a chorus. From what I've heard of Radiohead (Thom Yorke's band), I liked a lot, but I know they have a tendency to be off the beaten path. So I guess I expected this from Thom Yorke, but perhaps not so incredibly strange. I figured if you're asked to write a song for a movie, you would give more thought to making it seem semi-normal than going all out. But it's okay. It's just not the kind of song I would ever listen to simply for enjoyment. I only listen to it because it's on this album. Given the lyrics and obvious numb feeling of the song, this must be during the blue period. However, quite a few of the songs on this CD will end up fitting into a blue period genre, which makes me wonder how long Bella is going to be in her fuzzy world in the movie. It scares me just a tad.
4. Again, this is a slow song like many songs on this CD. However, I do like it and find it fun to sing along to. Never heard of Lykke Li, but from what I've seen she's very new and this is kind of her big break. Now, for placing in the movie, the lyrics would suggest again a blue period or early Jake era. "Tell me when you hear my heart stop/ There's a possibility I wouldn't know." Obviously referring to Bella's fuzzy brain. And keeping in mind that these songs were all written for the movie, I'd say lyrics play a big part in the placing of these songs.
5. This is one of my favorites from the album. I LOVE THE KILLERS. I'm listening to them currently. (Daddy's Eyes from the Sawdust album, it's a good one.) This song fails to disappoint (in case the wording is confusing for that, it's really good!). I can definitely, without doubt see White Demon Love Song in a part with Jacob. Bella is quite obviously the "white demon" in the song and Jacob is the singer. Listen to the lyrics with that mindset and you'll agree with me, I'm sure.
6. The style of this song is like the others. Slow, calm. I like the lyrics. I've never heard of Anya Marina. I can see this song fitting in the blue period or Jacob era. Satellite Heart refers to Bella having lost Edward, or the planet which her heart revolves around. This song doesn't need much explanation outside of this.
7. Now, this song has an original that was not written for the movie. And the difference between that one and the "New Moon Remix" is the guitar in the beginning has a bit of a different sound and they cut the remixed version short. In the original, Matthew Bellamy goes on to sing very beautifully in French and then ends again with the same chorus as the first part. I love the original, and the New Moon version is not too much different although it is missing the French part, so I would recommend that you look up the regular I Belong to You by Muse in your free time. It's worth it. Now, like Stephenie, I am a great Muse fan. So no complaints about the artist here. The song is very likely to show up in the credits, in my mind. Unless they find a way to fit it in somewhere, probably when Bella is reunited with Edward.
8. Surprisingly, I liked this song about the second time I listened to it, and it's one of my favorites on the CD. It is so relaxing, like waves periodically crashing over you. Which brings us to my next idea (good segue, you think?) that this song must be when Bella is drowning. There is no other fit. If they do not play this song when Bella is dying and she sees the apparition of Edward in her last moments, I will be thoroughly disappointed. As for the artist, I've only heard of them once, but I love this song, so I wouldn't mind checking out their other stuff.
9. I find myself singing this song sometimes, so I figure I like it. I do like Black Rebel Motorcycle Club. My friend gave me some of their stuff about a year ago. Usually their songs are not acoustic and slow, but that's the theme of the album, so it's fine. But I really don't know where this could fit. Maybe on the way home from Italy? I just feel like the "Done All Wrong" refers to Edward because he was stupid to leave.
10. I think like the rest of the later songs in this album, this song is one of the more upbeat, fun ones. Listening to it alone, you might not agree, but compared to the songlist, any song with electric guitar in any form gets to be called upbeat. I have never heard of the artist, Hurricane Bells, however. And I cannot for the life of me figure out where this will fit into the movie. So all I can do for this one is comment on the song itself, which I have done.
11. I like this song as well. It is catchy and fun. Even though it has acoustic guitar! The beat is bouncy though. Like the previous song, I haven't heard of the artist, nor can I imagine where this could fit in the movie. I should mention that I get to find out tonight at the midnight showing!
12. This is a pretty epic-sounding, yet strangely relaxing song to me. It's the combination of the swaying melody and the strict, awesome drum in the background. I very much like it. And I love OK Go because they always seem to have happy, epic songs. I can definitely see this sometime at the end of the movie. It seems like a wrap-up song to me. But that's just what I feel.
13. Appropriately named, this song is very slow. It takes some getting used to - not as much as the Thom Yorke song, but it does require an aquired taste. Again, this could be seen anytime during Bella's blue period, like so many other of these songs. I sure do hope the first half of the movie isn't Bella moping around the whole time talking to a ghost Edward that is an apparition instead of a voice because Robert Patinson needs to get in his face time. I'm sorry. I'll stop complaining. But according to this soundtrack, we could very well see about an hour of Bella being depressed as song after song with that slow, fuzzy feeling plays on a loop. Anyway, I've only heard of Grizzly Bear after the soundtrack came out, when I saw their album artwork on iTunes or something. I also apologize for not being incredibly band-savvy, as I know probably less than half of the artists on here.
14. This is my favorite song on the album. I love this guy's voice. And it's also very epic. I know about Editors, too! This song is a three for three in that I like the song, I like the artist, AND I can see where it would fit in the movie. Can you see it? Edward carrying Bella to her house after Italy. The lyrics scream it, and the feeling is perfect. I will be disappointed if that is not where they play this song.
15. And I guess I really don't have anything to say about this song, since it's only instrumental. I assume it will be played when Bella goes to the meadow again alone. If I'm wrong about that, then you might as well disregard everything else I have written before this.
All right, that's about all I had to say for those songs. I'll most likely post a follow-up blog about the movie itself once I see it (tonight!), including the actual placings of the songs. Don't worry. I'll take notes. ;)