The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn, Part 2 Soundtrack

Music review by
Kim Alessi, Common Sense Media
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Moody, mature songs cap off saga, but OK for older kids.

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Positive Messages

Persistence is a theme through many songs, but at what cost? From "Where I Come From" by Passion Pit: "Where I come from/ You say things will be well and fun/ Though the world around you is crumbling/ And the truth bleak as a bee/ Stay close believe/ Though things are not what they seem/ I won't let them destroy these dreams." Lovesickness reaches new depths in "New For You" by Reeve Carney:" I would die a thousand deaths/ But to defend your happiness, my love/ Yours is like a wayward from an open shore/ Every time you fall I only want you more ..."

Positive Role Models & Representations

Mixed messages here when it comes to modeling a healthy relationship. The most edgy, sexually suggestive song on this soundtrack is "The Antidote" by St. Vincent: "I am the antidote/ I'll suck the venom out/ Show me where it really hurts/ I'll show you where it really hurts ..." There's lots of dedication in "All I Ever Needed" by Paul McDonald & Nikki Reed: "Every promise I made, has led us up to this/ Please remember my love, when you've forgotten your way/ And this ache in my heart, makes me want to stand tall/ I let them take me down, when this isn't my fault." Heartfelt duet between Christina Perri Steve Kazee, "A Thousand Years:" "How to be brave/ How can I love when I'm afraid to fall/ But watching you stand alone/ All of my doubt suddenly goes away somehow ..."


Almost every song has references to love, but generally in romantic (not graphic) ways. The most sexually aggressive song is "The Antidote" by St. Vincent: "I am the antidote/ I'll suck the venom out/Show me where it really hurts/I'll show you where it really hurts ..." 


Part of the greater Twilight franchise, this soundtrack promotes the film by the same name.

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What parents need to know

Parents need to know that The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn, Part 2 Soundtrack is a mix of contemplative and lovelorn songs from indie rockers that accompanies the final installment to the Twilight film series. The songs are threaded with mature themes of love, yearning, and sacrifice, but the lyrics are clean, so it's OK for older kids and up. There's plenty of vampire-romance imagery in the lyrics and some heart-melding duets, so it's destined to be a favorite for Twilight fans of any age who don't mind being flooded with emotion.

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Teen, 13 years old Written bySimran singh December 2, 2012

Breaking dawn

Its a really good story if you seen the part two only you wont understand see it from the first its really good story and intresting
Teen, 15 years old Written byTwilightGaga08 November 28, 2012

Bold, Electro, and Fresh

The Twilight Saga's non-instrumental music takes a very electropop path with the fifth and final soundtrack, and - oh boy.

I find this soundtrack really c... Continue reading

What's the story?

THE TWILIGHT SAGA: BREAKING DAWN, PART 2 SOUNDTRACK is the fifth and final installment in the Twilight music saga. Following the same vein as albums that accompanied previous Twilight films, this soundtrack showcases indie-rock songs with heavy, mature moods and deep introspection.

Is it any good?

The emotions on this album soar to the highest highs and plunge to the lowest lows in rapid succession. The swing from mutual proclamations of undying love to one-sided obsessions riddled with angst can leave listeners with lingering emotional vertigo. But with perspective, these songs absolutely match the characters and mood of the Twilight film series. Musically, every song is solid, one's a bit edgy, and a couple have muddled lyrics that are hard to understand.

Standout tracks are many and include: the aptly titled "Bittersweet" by Ellie Goulding; the plodding "The Forgotten" by Green Day; the sparse, stripped-down "Fire in the Water" by Feist; "Heart of Stone" by Iko; "Ghost" by James Vincent McMorrow; the ethereal "Everything and Nothing" by The Boom Circuits; "Speak Up" by POP ETC; the reflective "Cover Your Tracks" by A Boy and His Kite; and the love song anyone would want to live, "A Thousand Years" (duet between Christina Perri and Steve Kazee). There's also a purely instrumental track, "Plus Que Ma Prope Vie/(More than My Own Life)." Saying goodbye can be hard, but fans of the previous soundtracks will likely embrace these passionate and haunting songs wholeheartedly.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about the album's range of moods, from uplifting to downtrodden. What are the song's messages, and how do they make you feel? Which songs represent healthy relationships? Which represent unhealthy ones?

  • Does listening to these songs want you to see the movie or read the Twilight book series? How do you think the songs match up to the characters, scenes, and overall plot?

  • Why do you think these songs and artists were chosen? Do you think you'll follow these artists once the buzz of the Twilight film saga passes?

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