THE TWILIGHT SAGA: NEW MOON & WHERE THE WILD THINGS ARE
The soundtracks for The Twilight Saga: New Moon and Where the Wild Things Are take different approaches to reeling you in, demonstrating the artistic possibilities of the genre.
The Twilight Saga album, which arrives a month before the movie hits theaters Nov. 20, comes with big expectations after last year's Twilight soundtrack went double platinum. Moody and brooding, it delivers with new tracks by such alternative A-listers as Thom Yorke, the Killers and Death Cab for Cutie (on the atmospheric first single, "Meet Me on the Equinox"). With Grey's Anatomy and Gossip Girl music supervisor Alexandra Patsavas once again at the helm, the disc also showcases some lesser-known indie acts, like British rockers Band of Skulls, that are worthy of their moment in the moonlight.
Conversely, the Wild Things soundtrack features just one artist: Karen O and the Kids. It finds the Yeah Yeah Yeah's frontwoman tapping into her inner child on cuts like "All Is Love," while still walking on the wild side. The result is a CD that has something for both punks and preschoolers.
The Twilight Saga
Where the Wild Things Are
Florence + the Machine
Florence + the Machine, which consists of Londoner Florence Welch and her backing band, followed in Adele's footsteps by winning the Critics' Choice prize at the Brit Awards last February. She lives up to the hype with her debut album, already a hit in the U.K. (where it was released in July). Boasting a powerful set of lungs, this siren alternately conjures up Kate Bush, Chrissie Hynde and Sinéad O'Connor, while displaying a flair for the macabre that can be both sinister (the bluesy revenge tale "Girl with One Eye") and sweet (the airy "My Boy Builds Coffins").
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Bebel Gilberto comes on like a sultry breeze, whether she's singing in Portuguese or English, or covering Stevie Wonder or her dad, bossa nova legend João Gilberto. Best is her seductive spin on Bob Marley's "Sun Is Shining," where she emerges as the Brazilian answer to Sade.
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