A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this music.
What parents need to know
Parents need to know that when compared to the Twilight movies, this soundtrack is very tame. Aside from a couple of stark lines about death and some fairly intense expressions of love, the lyrics steer clear of adult content. They contain absolutely no swearing and avoid sexual descriptions or references to substance use.
What's the story?
The most famous young love triangle in the world continues with THE TWILIGHT SAGA: ECLIPSE, the third installment in both the book and movie phenomenon. Like the soundtrack for the second installment, New Moon, the Eclipse soundtrack is filled with more than a dozen tunes by various indie artists -- most of whom (besides the band Muse) haven't appeared on a Twilight soundtrack before. Also in the same spirit as before, the Eclipse music collection is largely innocuous: it lacks profanity and descriptions of sex or substance use. While they'll want to watch out for the brooding, melancholic tone and the smattering of references to dying, parents should feel OK about buying this soundtrack for their teens or even tweens.
Is it any good?
Anyone who didn't know better might think this exceptional soundtrack is meant to appeal to adults. Acclaimed indie acts like Vampire Weekend, Band of Horses, Sia, and The Dead Weather contribute super-solid songs that the producers compiled into an excellent flow. Teens and tweens who pick up this record will not only be connecting themselves to one more piece of the Twilight experience, but they'll also be furthering their musical educations -- for the better.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about how it feels when a book is made into a movie, and scenes that were previously up to your imagination now have real faces, music, and other tangible items associated with them. Does the music in the Eclipse soundtrack measure up to how you pictured it in your mind? Why or why not?
What other songs might have matched up well with the Eclipse storyline?
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