Various Artists, ‘The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn — Part 2: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack' (Summit Entertainment/Chop Shop/Atlantic Records)
Music supervisor Alexandra Patsavas assembles another talented group of established and up-and-coming indie-rock stars to set the mood for “The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn — Part 2: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack.”
But it's Oklahoma-born singer/songwriter/guitarist St. Vincent who cures the atmospheric gloominess that threatens to fog up the whole album. The Tulsa native also known as Annie Clark, who previously collaborated with Bon Iver for a track on the “New Moon” soundtrack, unleashes her supernaturally gorgeous voice and mighty guitar prowess on the eerie, aptly named rocker “Antidote,” saving the whole affair from softly, beautifully sinking into a melancholy haze.
Make no mistake, the soundtrack for the fifth and final film in the franchise continues the honorable “Twilight” tradition of spotlighting musicians outside the mainstream and features achingly lovely ballads from Feist, A Boy and His Kite and Broadway Spider-Man Reeve Carney. Nikki Reed, who plays vampire Rosalie Hale in the movies, partners with her singer-husband Paul McDonald for the dreamy love song “All I've Ever Needed,” and frequent “Twilight” soundtrack contributor Christina Perri duets with Tony winner Steve Kazee (Broadway's “Once”) on a reprise of her hopeful “Breaking Dawn — Part 1” ballad “A Thousand Years.”
Even with Passion Pit's “Where I Come From,” Ellie Goulding's “Bittersweet” and The Boom Circuit's “Everything and Nothing” providing more of a dance beat, the series' last soundtrack nearly gets caught in an angsty rut. “Twilight” newcomers Green Day are perhaps the worst offenders with their boring ode “The Forgotten.”
In keeping with another “Twilight” album custom, the soundtrack closes with the composer Carter Burwell's evocative piano lullaby “Plus Que Ma Propre Vie.”
— Brandy McDonnell