The “Twilight: Eclipse” soundtrack will be released June 8, just a few weeks before the movie hits theaters June 30. In this third installment of the “Twilight Saga” film series, we find Bella torn between her affinity for Jacob and love for Edward. Throw in a bloodthirsty army of young vampires attacking the Cullens and a shaky alliance with the werewolves and you have the basic premise of “Eclipse.” The growing love-triangle and vampire war alone should make this an intense and moody film. With musical artists like Muse, The Dead Weather and The Black Keys, the “Eclipse” soundtrack will definitely reflect the film’s dark love-torn theme.
Full “Twilight: Eclipse” Soundtrack List
1. Metric – “Eclipse (All Yours)”
2. Muse – “Neutron Star Collision (Love is Forever)”
3. The Bravery – “Ours”
4. Florence + The Machine – “Heavy in Your Arms”
5. Sia – “My Love”
6. Fanfarlo – “Atlas”
7. The Black Keys – “Chop and Change”
8. The Dead Weather – “Rolling in on a Burning Tire”
9. Beck and Bat for Lashes – “Let’s Get Lost”
10. Vampire Weekend – “Jonathan Low”
11. UNKLE – “With You in My Head (featuring The Black Angels)”
12. Eastern Conference Champions – “A Million Miles an Hour”
13. Band of Horses – “Life on Earth”
14. Cee-Lo Green – “What Part of Forever”
15. Howard Shore – “Jacob’s Theme”
“The Line” by Battles and “How Can You Swallow So Much Sleep” by Bombay Bicycle Club will be the two bonus tracks on the “Eclipse” soundtrack deluxe edition.
Now for the 10 reasons to get excited –
1) Band of Horses will bring their beautiful harmonies on their track “Life on Earth.” Band of Horses have a sound reminiscent of early Neil Young and Crosby, Stills and Nash, and comparable to Fleet Foxes and Grizzly Bear (who sang “Slow Life” on the “New Moon” soundtrack).
2) No telling what gem UNKLE will bring to the mix. The song will feature The Black Angels, a psychedelic rock band from Austin, Texas. It’s quite possible the song will be heavy. Check out The Black Angels’ 2006 “Passover” album. UNKLE always impresses, definitely listen to their 2007 album “War Stories” for a taste of their dark sensibilities – specifically “Burn My Shadow” with vocals by The Cult’s Ian Astbury.
3) One of the bands that Stephenie Meyer always acknowledges in her books is Muse, and no Twilight movie would be complete without a Muse song. The title alone, “Neutron Star Collision (Love is Forever)” is telling, and after listening to the lyrics this song could be played alongside an intimate Bella/Jacob scene.
4) Beck’s multi-instrumental-style combined with Bat for Lashes’ ethereal vocals should be an interesting duet. Listen to “What’s a Girl to Do?” on Bat for Lashes’ 2007 “Fur and Gold” album.
5) The Dead Weather is one of Jack White’s (The White Stripes) many band incarnations. The band also includes singer-guitarist Alison Mosshart from The Kills, Dean Fertita from Queens of the Stone Age and Jack Lawrence from White’s other band The Raconteurs. Here’s hoping their song for “Eclipse,” “Rolling in on a Burning Tire,” will be just as heavy as the bluesy rock on their 2010 album “Sea of Cowards.”
6) Howard Shore, who wrote the Academy Award-winning score for the “Lord of the Rings” film trilogy, composed the “Eclipse” score and “Jacob’s Theme.”
7) Metric worked with Howard Shore to compose the original song “Eclipse (All Yours)” for the pivotal ending of the film. According to Metric’s lead singer Emily Haines, the song’s lyrics were written with the voice of Bella in mind.
8) Eastern Conference Champions’ sound is at times reminiscent of early Radiohead. ECC’s 2009 album, “Santa Fe,” has a heavy and soft mix of songs, so their “Eclipse” song, “A Million Miles an Hour,” could be either.
9) The Black Keys are a blues-rock band from Ohio. Their 2008 album, “Attack and Release” was produced by Danger Mouse and received critical acclaim. Their heavy sound is often compared to Led Zeppelin and The Jimi Hendrix Experience. Their songs are featured in several films like, “Black Snake Moan” (2007) and “School of Rock” (2003), as well as TV commercials and shows. “I’ll Be Your Man” is the opening theme song for the HBO show “Hung.”
10) Flame-haired singer Florence Welch (performing as Florence + the Machine) has elements of punk and surf rock with a sprinkling of soul. Check out “Kiss with a Fist” from the 2009 album “Lungs.” It will be interesting to hear which elements of her musical style will show up in her song “Heavy in Your Arms.”
“Bombay Bicycle Club, Battles for ‘Twilight Eclipse’ soundtrack” – NME.com; May 17, 2010
Florence and the Machine @ Wikipedia.org
“Howard Shore to Score ‘Twilight: Eclipse'” – MovieScoreMagazine.com; Jan. 22, 2010
The Official Reveal of the Eclipse Soundtrack on Myspace.com
The Twilight Saga: Eclipse Soundtrack – Official Website