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Twilight
(2008)
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Composed, Orchestrated, Conducted, and Produced by:

Lead Solos by:
Lizzie Pattinson
David Torn
Kaki King
Dave Hartley
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LABEL & RELEASE DATE
Atlantic/Warner
(December 9th, 2008)
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ALBUM AVAILABILITY
Regular U.S. release. A song compilation soundtrack was released concurrently.
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Buy it... only if you are a teenage girl seeking another souvenir from the film or if you are already accustomed to Carter Burwell's unconventional harmonies and structures from his prior, equally dense works.

Avoid it... if any score with exploding, groaning, and shrieking electric guitars in monumental crescendos of dissonance is automatically eliminated from your consideration.
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FILMTRACKS TRAFFIC RANK: #839
WRITTEN 12/26/08
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Twilight: (Carter Burwell) The vampire subculture in America received an infusion of blood upon the arrival of Stephanie Meyer's novel "Twilight," filling a literary void left by the conclusion of the "Harry Potter" series of books. The immense popularity of Meyer's concept translated into mega-earnings at the box office for its 2008 adaptation to the big screen. Films like Twilight do well no matter what critics or arthouse crowds or awards voters think about it, because such cult-status films serve a very specific crowd of teenage girls that frankly don't care about what any of those demographics think. One aspect of Twilight worth noting is that Meyer took many generous liberties in her reinvention of the vampire myth in order to squeeze it into a high school romance setting without sounding any alarms in the logic department. The story, regardless of the fantasy elements, is still essentially one of teenage angst, social outcasts, and cultural commentary that are all common to the less creative variety of high school-related flicks. At least the slasher concept has morphed into something a tad more romantic. The director of Twilight, Catherine Hardwicke, proudly exclaims that she considers the topic to be one of great density and complexity and was thrilled to hear a score of equal description to come from veteran composer Carter Burwell. While skirting the mainstream in the 1990's, Burwell's output in the 2000's has never accompanied anything close to blockbuster status and, as such, Twilight represented a significant opportunity for him (especially with the prospect of sequel films looming on the horizon). His writing has never lent itself to straight forward harmony, making it difficult to hum even his most memorable tunes (such as those for Conspiracy Theory and The Hi-Lo Country), and that lack of clearly defined thematic expression is apparently what Hardwicke praised the most about Burwell's work for this film. His meter, progressions, and slightly dissonant chords all figure into his primary theme for Twilight, thus extending his rather distant style into yet another genre. The same tendencies inhabit the music for the darker half of Twilight, though this material usually disintegrates into nonsensical textures for the instruments he employs to represent the supposed coolness of the vampires.

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608 TOTAL VOTES
Average: 2.49 Stars
***** 85 5 Stars
**** 76 4 Stars
*** 103 3 Stars
** 134 2 Stars
* 210 1 Stars
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FVSR Reviews Twilight
Brendan Cochran - March 17, 2015, at 11:41 p.m.
1 comment  (40 views)
Almost everything about Twilight sucks
Alans Zimvestri - August 30, 2009, at 4:15 a.m.
1 comment  (1237 views)
Could Have Been Better   Expand >>
BigTwilightFan - December 30, 2008, at 10:04 p.m.
4 comments  (2979 views)
Newest: June 27, 2009, at 8:31 a.m.by Filmscore Boy
Let the right one in
invitadodeinvierno - December 29, 2008, at 4:47 p.m.
1 comment  (1294 views)
Alternate review of Twilight at Movie Music UK
Jonathan Broxton - December 27, 2008, at 8:24 p.m.
1 comment  (1222 views)
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TRACK LISTINGS AND AUDIO
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Total Time: 46:53
• 1. How I Would Die (1:53)
• 2. Who Are They? (3:26)
• 3. Treaty (1:59)
• 4. Phascination Phase (2:04)
• 5. Humans Are Predators Too (2:04)
• 6. I Dreamt of Edward (1:06)
• 7. I Know What You Are (2:37)
• 8. The Most Dangerous Predator (2:22)
• 9. The Skin of a Killer (2:58)
• 10. The Lion Fell in Love With the Lamb (3:10)
• 11. Complications (1:11)
• 12. Dinner With His Family (0:38)
• 13. I Would Be the Meal (1:24)
• 14. Bella's Lullaby (2:19)
• 15. Nomads (3:51)
• 16. Stuck Here Like Mom (1:40)
• 17. Bella is Part of the Family (1:24)
• 18. Tracking (2:19)
• 19. In Place of Someone You Love (1:45)
• 20. Showdown in the Ballet Studio (4:50)
• 21. Edward at Her Bed (1:05)

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