The Twilight Saga: New Moon Soundtrack

Common Sense Media says

Dark, cool tunes OK for kids too young for the movie.

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What parents need to know

Positive messages

Songs about bonds ("Friends": "yeah my friends they are so beautiful"), loyalty, and getting through tough times reflect the spirit of the movie.

Positive role models

Moody and angst-ridden, many of the songs look at love as an all-consuming emotion capable of making or breaking a spirit.

Violence

Some dark images created by lines like "Outside the door he's dead, his head in his hands, and his heart is broke." Nothing really frightening or graphic though.

Sex

Although most of the songs are about love lost, there are a few flirty moments, like this line from "Violet Hour" by Sea Wolf: "Your back's a meadow, covered in snow, your thighs are thistles, and hot-house grapes, you breathe your sweet breath, and have me wait.

Language
Not applicable
Consumerism

The Twilight characters figure heavily in the album art and work to promote the film's release.

Drinking, drugs, & smoking

A reference to champagne can be found on the song "Shooting the Moon."

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that there are some haunting sounds on this CD, full of melancholy and woe, but nothing that would pose an issue for teens or even tweens for that matter. This soundtrack is in fact more suitable for younger kids than either the Twilight book series or the Twilight movie. That's good news for kids clamoring to get in on the teen fan frenzy, and this might be a good starting point for introducing the saga. There are a few references to love, death and feeling blue, but nothing too depressing.

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Kids say

What's the story?

So hotly anticipated that its release date was pushed up nearly a week, THE TWILIGHT SAGA: NEW MOON - ORIGINAL MOTION PICTURE SOUNDTRACK is a collection of moody indie rock that subtly gives a nod to the much-loved vampiric angst of the novels and films. All songs on the album are original and exclusive to the soundtrack, so you won't find any recycled singles here. Artists included on the LP include Death Cab for Cutie (who performs the premiere single "Meet Me on the Equinox"), The Killers, Band of Skulls, Sea Wolf and Black Rebel Motorcycle Club, just to name of few of the 15 various performers.

Is it any good?

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Like the pairing of Bella and Edward, this soundtrack is the perfect marriage of quality tunes (that could stand on their own merits) and subtle references to the vampire love story. In fact there's plenty of obvious allusions to spooky stuff here, enough to keep Twilight fans under the spell of the movie for sure. Lykke Li eerily and sweetly sings, "tell me when you hear my heart stop, you're the only one I love" on "Possibility" and The Killers sing "A White Demon Love Song" fitting for the Cullen's complexion.

References to friends, darkness, the equinox, and immortality make the connection to the film without hitting you over the head with obvious nods to the plotline. There's a decidedly '80s feel that draws on the sounds of Depeche Mode and New Wave on tracks like Muse's "I Belong to You" and "Hearing Damage" from Thom Yorke. But the pop sound is balanced out perfectly by a host of ambient tracks full of hypnotic melodies and far-away harmonies that create an almost dream-like state.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about vampires and the appeal of these stories. If your kids are fascinated by Twilight and New Moon, use the books, movie, and music to have discussions about topics you wouldn't otherwise talk about.

  • Families can talk about how falling in love is portrayed in books and on film. Do you think relationships like those of Edward and Bella are realistic? Do you think the moody music that's found on this album relates well to the theme of New Moon?

Music details

Artist:Various Artists
Release date:October 16, 2009
Label:Atlantic
Genre:Soundtrack
Topics:Magic and fantasy
Parental advisory:No
Edited version available:No

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Kid, 10 years old January 4, 2010
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ITS GOOD FOR TWEENS AND UP

I LOVE IT
What other families should know
Too much consumerism
Great messages
Kid, 9 years old February 12, 2010
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Good...Really Good

I love it my favs: Monsters, Shooting The Moon, and I Belong To You
What other families should know
Too much sex
Great messages
Great role models
Teen, 14 years old Written byBuffy Summers October 29, 2009
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Sad music, my kind of music

i always lean towards sad, melencoly sonds more than the more up beat songs you hear everywhere now. i think the songs on my ipod prove i listen to sad songs more than happy songs, so i love this album its great

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