The Twilight Saga: Eclipse (2010) At this point, even the most entrenched haters of Twilight 's vampire-sparkle voodoo concede the soundtracks' indie-rock bona fides — though they might wish the… 2010-06-08 Various Artists Rock
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The Twilight Saga: Eclipse (2010)

Robert Pattinson, The Twilight Saga, ... | HEAVY IN YOUR ARMS Kristen Stewart and Robert Pattinson continue their troubled romance in The Twilight Saga: Eclipse
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HEAVY IN YOUR ARMS Kristen Stewart and Robert Pattinson continue their troubled romance in The Twilight Saga: Eclipse

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Details Release Date: Jun 08, 2010; Lead Performance: Various Artists; Genre: Rock

At this point, even the most entrenched haters of Twilight's vampire-sparkle voodoo concede the soundtracks' indie-rock bona fides — though they might wish the music came shrouded in a plain brown wrapper.

Like last October's New Moon collection, Eclipse operates as a sort of alt-party primer: original songs from the genre's current varsity squad, with a smattering of JV newbies. Pomp-rockers Muse, practically the movies' musical mascots by now, provide the requisite dose of Queen-meets-Rush grandiosity on ''Neutron Star Collision (Love Is Forever),'' while Jack White side project the Dead Weather revel in swampy blooze-ooze on ''Rolling in on a Burning Tire.'' Vampire Weekend, stripped of their habitual Afro-pop swaddling, work the harpsichord-tinged twee of ''Jonathan Low'' into a pleasingly woolly tangle, though Australian chanteuse Sia's ''My Love'' does more with much less — her fragile ballad is so ethereal and otherworldly, it should be sung in Elvish. U.K. indie-pop outfit Fanfarlo's rickety ''Atlas'' sounds like Talking Heads on a dirt-road detour; Beck and British songstress Bat for Lashes trade haunting echo-chamber 
vocals on the percussion-heavy duet ''Let's Get Lost''; and on the heady ''Heavy in Your Arms,'' Florence + the Machine make like Siouxsie Sioux leading a tribal marching band into battle. L.A. unknowns Eastern Conference Champions co-opt Radiohead's dense existential dread, Band of Horses conjure up another beardy folk ramble, and this summer's palest citizens get a pretty solid ready-made mixtape. B+

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Beck and Bat for Lashes' dark duet Let's Get Lost
Sia's symphonic stunner My Love

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Originally posted May 26, 2010 Published in issue #1105-1106 Jun 04, 2010 Order article reprints