A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this music.
What parents need to know
Parents need to know that The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn, Part 1 soundtrack is a lot like the soundtracks for previous Twilight films, full of emotional but largely clean songs by mostly indie rock artists. Though the tunes don't have mature content like profanity, graphic sexual descriptions, or hardcore references to substance use and violence, they include a few lines about kissing, death, religion, and hurting yourself ("I drove a nail into my shoe") to forget emotional anguish. They also include lyrics that discuss the basis of Bella and Edward's relationship -- that Bella must change who she is in order to be with Edward.
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What's the story?
The fourth installment in the epic Twilight series, THE TWILIGHT SAGA: BREAKING DAWN, PART 1 has its own soundtrack, following the pattern of previous Twilight flicks. Like the soundtracks that have come before, this one features lots of indie-rock songs that are fraught with emotion.
Is it any good?
With the spreading appeal of the Twilight story, it's no surprise that a few more mainstream artists (Bruno Mars, Christina Perri) would be showing up in the newer Twilight soundtracks. That said, the core indie-rock songs remain the real gems, with stand-out tracks from The Joy Formidable, The Belle Brigade, Imperial Mammoth, and more.
Talk to your kids about ...
Why do you think the artists featured on the soundtrack were chosen? What do you think of the inclusion of more pop-based singers, such as Bruno Mars?
Would you buy this soundtrack if you weren't a fan of the book or movie? Does listening to it make you want to see the movie?
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