The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 1
by Various Artists
Released: Jul 2011
Label: Chop Shop/Atlantic
The Breaking Dawn soundtrack appropriately coats your ears in a Forks-like mist of plaintive, moody sound, dipping into a wide stylistic palette, but somehow coming up with only a deliciously morose collection of grays. There's plenty of pensive indie rock, of course, but Bruno Mars, Theophilus London and Christina Perri (as well as Twilight actress Mia Maestro) also jump on the woe-is-me express. The rare ray of sun is welcome: The Belle Brigade and the Noisettes offer a sassiness we wish Bella would adopt more often, while Iron & Wine recaps his sweet entry to the first soundtrack.