The Official Score for The Twilight Saga: Eclipse is now available! Have you listened to it yet?
To my ears, the Eclipse Score sounds more dynamic and mature than the scores for the previous movies in the Twilight Saga. There are some very lovely pieces such as “Bella’s Theme” and “First Kiss” alongside positively menacing tracks like “They’re Coming Here” and “The Battle”. It holds up well alongside Howard Shore’s other masterful works for movies like The Lord of the Rings and Eastern Promises. The Barnes & Noble review notes that–
Most of the score is powerful, even muscular, suggesting that a lot more than broken hearts might be at stake in this film. Shore signals danger through echoing guitars and galloping drums, most strikingly on “Riley” and “Victoria” with the drama and dread befitting a vampire on the warpath…..The most restrained yet majestic Twilight music yet, Shore’s Eclipse score brings a surprising amount of dignity to this pop culture phenomenon.
If you’ve bought the Official Score, what are your thoughts? Does it meet your expectations? How do you think Shore’s work compares to the previous scores for Twilight by Carter Burwell and New Moon by Alexandre Desplat?