As sequels are often found to be inferior to their predecessors, the new moon soundtrack doesn’t quite satisfy. Fans will already have the record to add to their merchandise collection, but there’s nothing that would induce a casual consumer to consider this compilation.
The best song is probably the opening track and single ‘Meet me at the Equinox’ from Death Cab for Cutie and a surprising standout is Lykke Li’s haunting ‘Possibility’.
Some heavyweight names are included, from the Killers, the Editors and even author Stephanie Meyer’s exalted Muse, but where ‘Supermassive Black Hole’ was so aptly put to use in volume one, they only, disappointingly, contribute a remix of ‘I Belong to You’, no new material included on what is assuredly a sure fire money spinner and publicity machine.
It appears the producers were more interested in having the names rather then the substance, but also with enough unknowns to be fresh. Even though Radiohead’s 15 steps would’ve been a fine addition to the first twilight CD (see Qtrax.net.au Twilight review), front man Thom Yorke’s electronica-fusion Hearing Damage fails to inspire. And the Eskimo Joe bonus track, while not out of place, seems a weak effort of localising for an Australian audience. Far more commendable if it was included on worldwide editions.
Uninspiring but harmless indie pop.