The Twilight Saga: New Moon soundtrack (4 stars)

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The Twilight Saga: New Moon

(Atlantic)

They could stamp any old trash with the Twilight brand and have a hit, which is why the soundtrack for the second film in the rabidly followed teen vampire series is such a lovely surprise. Eschewing the gothic histrionics of the books, the soundtrack offers a subtle and accessible mix of new artists and elder statesmen of the current alt. music scene. Thom Yorke, Muse, Bon Iver, Death Cab for Cutie, Lykke Li and others contribute to a standalone sampler (chosen by mood music maven Alexandra Patsavas of Grey’s Anatomy infamy) in a rare application of merchandising hype to a deserving product. Thankfully a fixation with the undead isn’t necessary to enjoy it.

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