New Moon On a good day, film soundtracks enhance the moviegoing experience. At their best, they transcend it. The latest sonic accompaniment to Twilight 's inescapable teen-vampire… New Moon On a good day, film soundtracks enhance the moviegoing experience. At their best, they transcend it. The latest sonic accompaniment to Twilight 's inescapable teen-vampire… 2009-10-20 Various Artists Rock
Music Review

'New Moon' Soundtrack (2009)

Muse, Thom Yorke, ... | VAMPIRE MIXTAPE Death Cab For Cutie, Thom Yorke, St. Vincent, and Muse on the New Moon soundtrack
Image credit: Death Cab For Cutie: Ben Ritter/Retna Ltd., Thom Yorke: Ellis Parrinder/Camera Press/Retna Ltd., Muse: Danny Clinch
VAMPIRE MIXTAPE Death Cab For Cutie, Thom Yorke, St. Vincent, and Muse on the New Moon soundtrack
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Details Release Date: Oct 20, 2009; Lead Performance: Various Artists; Genre: Rock

On a good day, film soundtracks enhance the moviegoing experience. At their best, they transcend it. The latest sonic accompaniment to Twilight's inescapable teen-vampire juggernaut — a swooning conveyance of girl-meets-undead-boy romance, delivered by some of the best established and emerging names in the indie stratosphere — may sway even the most committed Twi-loathers.

After the success of the first installment, music supervisor Alexandra Patsavas (Gossip Girl, Grey's Anatomy) gets her pick of the alt litter here, with each contributing original, previously unreleased material: From the opening chords of Death Cab for Cutie's dusky guitar rapture ''Meet Me on the Equinox'' to the spooky robot-ennui of Thom Yorke's ''Hearing Damage'' 
 and Grizzly Bear's gorgeous folk-pop pastoral ''Slow Life,'' New Moon rarely falters. A peacocking remix of Muse's shamelessly operatic ''I Belong to You'' becomes a Bowie-esque glam-rock stomper. In its wake, Bon Iver and St. Vincent quietly unfurl ''Rosyln,'' a duet of hushed, almost church-like beauty.

Moon (due in stores Oct. 20) yields several happy revelations from its lower-marquee names: Nordic songstress Lykke Li's nearly a cappella ''Possibility'' is a lovely little Swedish snowflake, and jokey rockers OK Go achieve an impressive sort of Flaming Lips-y quirk-gravitas on the sprawling, cinematic ''Shooting the Moon.'' Black Rebel Motorcycle Club's acoustic campfire lament ''Done All Wrong'' segues seamlessly into the jaunty, Strokes-ian guitar fuzz of Hurricane Bells' ''Monsters.'' Think of New Moon as a sort of survey course in new-now-next rock: a mixtape with teeth. A

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Originally posted Oct 07, 2009 Published in issue #1071 Oct 16, 2009 Order article reprints