Music Videos and Performances from The Twilight Saga Soundtracks, Vol. 1

Music Videos and Performances from The Twilight Saga Soundtracks, Vol. 1  4.0

This is a compilation of videos of songs featured on the soundtracks the phenomenally successful movie franchise.

I decided to rate and comment each video because it’s a moot point critiquing the package. And since the videos often affect one’s appreciation of a song, I’ve decided to rate them as a whole, instead of providing a rating for each.

Keep in mind that 7.5 is a good rating and a 5.0 is complete ambivalence.

Videos
1. Muse. “Neutron Star Collision (Love Is Forever)” 5.0
2. Paramore, “Decode” 5.0
3. Death Cab For Cutie, “Meet Me On The Equinox” 5.5
4. Cee-Lo Green, “What Part Of Forever” 6.0
5. Anya Marina, “Satellite Heart” 6.5
6. MUTEMATH, “Spotlight” 7.0
7. Lupe Fiasco, “Solar Midnite” 6.5
8. Editors, “No Sound But The Wind” 3.5
9. The Magic Numbers & Amadou & Mariam, “All I Believe In” 5.5
10. Collective Soul, “Tremble For My Beloved” 6.0
11. Eastern Conference Champions, “A Million Miles An Hour” 5.5
12. Metric, “Eclipse (All Yours)” 7.5
13. Fanfarlo, “Atlas” 5.0
14. Iron & Wine, “Flightless Bird” 2.5
15. Sia, “My Love” 4.0
16. Bon Iver & St. Vincent, “Roslyn” 6.5
17. Sea Wolf, “The Violet Hour” 7.5
18. The Black Ghosts, “Full Moon” 8.0
19. Hurricane Bells, “Monsters” 7.0
20. O.A.R., “Love Is Worth The Fall” 5.5

Commentary
1. I’m glad I became a fan of the band before hearing this one; the lyrics are stomach-churning. sick0002 Free Sick Emoticons Boring video.
2. Bland, middle-of-the-road pop rock. Boring video.
3. Catchy chorus, but otherwise “meh”. Latte-drinker music. Boy, these guys look so uncool. rolleye0015 Free Emoticons   Rolling Eyes Dull video.
4. Great voice, nice vocals, but underwhelming song. Hurray for moobies! happy0018 Free Emoticons   Happy
5. Voice has an appealing quality to it. The song is so-so. The video is alright, if nondescript.
6. Catchy song, driven by the chorus, but not exceptional. Video is original, but it distracts from the music. Which may be a good thing, really. These guys look like dweebs. tongue0024 Free Emoticons   Sticking Out Tongue
7. Not great, but at least the frickin’ video ties into the films. B-t-w, there should be more black-fronted rock bands like this one; rap isn’t the only option. Living Colour forever! love0010 Free Emoticons   Love
8. A live performance… on piano. Pretty much a non-video. Song and video almost killed me. sad0133 Free Sad Emoticons
9. Intriguing blend of country and world music. Too bad the main vocalist’s voice annoyed me. Video has an artsy touch, but still bland.
10. Decent rock song, middle-of-the-road video. Should be filler, but it’s one of the best so far.
11. Decent video (it’s in glorious b&w!), middle-of-the-road rock song (nice bass line, but that’s about it).
12. I haven’t heard Metric in a while, but they used to have edge. This is so glossy. Still, it’s by far the best song out of the bunch (thus far). Nice video, too. happy0024 Free Emoticons   Happy
13. Ukulele? Really? They did a lot with very little for this video. That’s good.
14. Holy crap… shoot me now. I don’t have much patience for one-man folk acts, but especially a live rendition in lieu of an actual video. sick0002 Free Sick Emoticons
15. Were the synching issues intentional? It’s very distracting. Great voice, okay song, mind-numbing video. mad0071 Free Emoticons   Anger
16. A decent live performance video, but the audio recording is subpar (including a background hiss and feedback).
17. Wow! An actual video! AND the song was catchy enough to get my foot tapping! Sweet! happy0027 Free Emoticons   Happy
18. A mid-to-late ’60s song crossed with an early ’80s type video. Quite liked this one, actually. happy0021 Free Emoticons   Happy
19. I like the video, I like the song, but they don’t go together well. The video is quite amusing, though. happy0027 Free Emoticons   Happy
20. Another live folk performance! Watch out! The vampires are coming! tongue0024 Free Emoticons   Sticking Out Tongue

When I think vampires, the music that comes to mind is darker, edgier. You know… bass-driven atmospheric music, or ethereal soundscapes. A perfect example would be The Cure’s “Lullaby” or even “Fascination Street”. ‘The Hunger’ did the right thing by opening with Bauhaus lip-synching to “Bela Lugosi’s Dead’, for instance.

But this “vampire music” is radio and parent-friendly music to get exposure and sell units. Nothing more. I was thoroughly bored and disengaged. I don’t understand the relation with the ‘Twilight’ content at all. At least the credits of this DVD had music that made sense… indifferent0004 Free Emoticons   Indifferent

Still, it was fun to have a feature-length video package like this. It kind of reminded me of the good old day of watching hours of Much Music – back in their video days.

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