Drops: It's 'Twilight' soundtrack time

The album cover of the soundtrack of "The The album cover of the soundtrack of "The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn" Part 1. Photo Credit: None

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REVIEW

Though the saga has had four different directors interpret how the stories should look, there has been only one music supervisor to determine how the movies should sound -- Alexandra Patsavas.

As influential as the soundtracks of John Hughes movies were over teenage musical tastes in the '80s, the "Twilight" sound, as meticulously chosen by Patsavas, has practically created its own genre in the 21st century.

"The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 1 Soundtrack" (Chop Shop/Atlantic) adds to that reputation, even bending already established artists to its power. The first single, Bruno Mars' stately "It Will Rain," sounds less like Mr. "Grenade" and more like a soul-infused Death Cab for Cutie. The "Wedding Version" of Iron & Wine's "Flightless Bird, American Mouth" adds a bit more heft to its considerable beauty.

That's the hallmark of a "Twilight" song, a strong inner core surrounded by ethereal production. It means the charming brother-sister duo the Belle Brigade get tougher than usual on the bluesy "I Didn't Mean It," and it means Noisettes turn their "Sister Rosetta" into something more lighthearted.

If the "Breaking Dawn" soundtrack gets to use its hit-making powers for good, it will turn Belle Brigade and the chipper Welsh band the Joy Formidable into Paramore-like household names and drop indie rockers the Features and soulful Theophilus London onto more "Twilight" fans' radar. Those discoveries should tide them over until the next "Twilight" installment arrives.

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"The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 1 Soundtrack"

GRADE B+

BOTTOM LINE Team "Twilight" strikes again.

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