WILL I GET BURNED AT THE STAKE IF I SAY TWILIGHT DOESN’T SUCK?

WILL I GET BURNED AT THE STAKE IF I SAY TWILIGHT DOESN’T SUCK?

Leigh MichaelThursday,4 April 2013

The Snap:

Disclaimer: I’m talking about the Twilight Saga’s soundtrack.

Since the Twilight Saga was released to the world in 2005, it has been the crux of countless teenage obsessionsliterary inspirationsoutrages, and well-placed spoofs. But the series has also brought something great to the table – a ton of great music. Five soundtracks, to be exact. Before you judge, hear me out.

The Download:

I’ve been gathering the courage to write about this for a while now.

I saw the first Twilight movie back in college. My friends and I were having a lazy Tuesday night and figured we would take advantage of our student discounts at the local theatre and get a few laughs making fun of the whole thing. The movie certainly lived up to my expectations (in a bad way), but I left the theatre and promptly downloaded the soundtrack.

Why? Because it rocks.

A brief digression. I did a lot of babysitting throughout college. And listening to fourteen year-olds talk about how Edward Cullen is their “dream dude” is enough to turn anyone off of Stephanie Meyer’s series for good. Especially when the main character is clearly entrenched in a romanticized-yet-undeniably-abusive-relationship. Not role model material. That is all.

So yes, while the books, films, and their esteemed spinoffs are laden with enough bullshit to make any self-respecting woman (or man) cringe, I’ve got to admit – the soundtracks just ain’t that bad.

I am not a Twilight watcher, but I am a Twilight listener. And before you go on a judging brigade, take a look at the songs below. The franchise has managed to attract some pretty awesome bands. Check it out and judge for yourselves – but I really don’t think I’m crazy here.

1. “Full Moon” by the Black Ghosts

2. “Chop and Change” by the Black Keys

3. “Slow Life” by Grizzly Bear

4. “Roslyn” by Bon Iver and St. Vincent

5. “Fire in the Water” by Feist

6. “Neighbors” by Theophilus London

7. “Flightless Bird, American Mouth” by Iron & Wine

Hat Tips:

PitchforkRolling StoneLA Times

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