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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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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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