The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn, Part 2 Soundtrack

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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

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 ..."

Violence
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Sex

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 ..." 

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Consumerism

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

Drinking, drugs, & smoking
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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?

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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.

Families can talk 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?

Music details

Artist:Various Artists
Release date:November 9, 2012
Type:Album
Label:Atlantic
Genre:Soundtrack
Topics:Monsters, ghosts, and vampires
Parental advisory:No
Edited version available:No

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Teen, 13 years old Written bySimran singh December 2, 2012
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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
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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 cool. It was more modern - I mean, it had more of what you hear nowadays. Compared to the Breaking Dawn Part 1 soundtrack, it made it look like the BD-1 soundtrack had an identity crisis. BD-1's soundtrack was all over the place like, "We're rock! ...No, we're soft rock! No, we're mainstream pop! But we're indie pop! But we're *bi-lingual* pop!" Just... stop. BD-2's soundtrack had a set identity, and that was electro/indie pop. I love it. "Where I Come From" and "Bittersweet" by the more known artists Passion Pit and Ellie Goulding are unbelievably sweet. They set a good tone for the soundtrack, until it turns Muse-ish (but, whoops, Muse doesn't like Twilight now) with a Green Day track, "The Forgotten." Then, Feist's "Fire in the Water" is crazily sultry - it sets you in fire. It's a great, dense song. It sets you into a very sultry, sexy, emotional mood as it takes you into "Everything and Nothing," which is pretty perfect on its own. It's. Just. SO. Good. Just when you think you're gonna drift peacefully - BAM! St. Vincent's incredibly aggressive, sexy, insane track "The Antidote" comes out with a bang. It's a really cool, hot song. It really "showed me where it hurts." Cough. Anyway, "The Antidote" is fit for bumping, grinding, and thrashing. Nothing you'd want to see your little Twihard doing in your presence. Great song, though. Then it takes you into what seems like a soft song, "Speak Up" by POP ETC. "Speak Up" is incredible! Absolutely amazing! It's so beautiful. To this day, it makes me cry, partly because of where it played in the film. "Speak Up" is like "Everything and Nothing"'s lighter-hearted sibling. I don't even know. It's just great. We get that good old Twilight flair with Iko's "Heart of Stone" next, and it's very nice. A cute break in the midst of intense, aggressive, very emotional songs. "Cover Your Tracks" is a nice break as well. Very sweet. "Ghosts" is so cool. I don't know why I love it so much. By the point of "All I've Ever Needed" it's convincing that there will be no more hip-swiveling, electropop fun. This song's sweet, though. The Twilight Saga's own Nikki Reed (you may remember her as Rosalie Hale) sings this song with her husband, Paul McDonald. "New For You" is really great, though. Okay? Okay. Okay! Mellow but emotional... like Twilight itself. Oh, and "A Thousand Years - Part Two." Quite frankly, I found the first part to this song unnecessary and I find the second part just as unnecessary. Besides the fact that Christina Perri's artistry is boring as dirt, the song is just a bore. Carter Burwell's sampling of the film's score (BUY THE SCORES, PEOPLE, THEY'RE NOT BAD), "Plus Que Ma Prope Vie" is magical. That is all.
What other families should know
Too much sex
Too much consumerism
Kid, 10 years old November 16, 2012
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Fine!

It is fine! There's nothing inappropriate about it!
What other families should know
Great messages
Great role models

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