‘Twilight Saga: New Moon’ and its vampy sounds

Oct. 16, 2009 | 6:54 p.m.

This in from Todd Martens over at the Pop & Hiss music blog, one the other fine pop-culture outposts here at the Los Angeles Times website…

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A new film in the “Twilight” franchise is more than just a cinematic event. As the soundtrack to “Twilight” sold a stunning 2.2 million copies, according to Nielsen SoundScan, the vampire brand means serious business to the music industry as well.

The soundtrack to “The Twilight Saga: New Moon” is released off-cycle today, rather than the typical music industry release day of Tuesday. It’s out a month ahead of the film, which hits theaters nationwide on Nov. 20, and whether it will have the same retail impact as the music companion to the first film remains to be seen.

But this much is certain: The “New Moon” soundtrack is definitely much more of a piece than the soundtrack to “Twilight.” It’s moody, music-to-get-sad-to, definitely, but music supervisor Alexandra Patsavas has put together a collection of songs that captures the drama of young love without drowning in it. Released once again on Patsavas’ Chop Shop label, which is associated with Warner Music Group imprint Atlantic, “New Moon” is, on a whole, more inventive than the scattered radio-ready rock that permeated its predecessor…

READ TODD’S TRACK-BY-TRACK REVIEW OF ALL 14 SONGS

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Photos, clockwise from top left: Thom Yorke: Ringo H.W. Chiu / For The Times; Annie Clark:  Kirk McKoy / Los Angeles Times; Death Cab for Cutie’s Ben Gibbard: Irfan Khan / Los Angeles Times; “New Moon” posters: Summit Entertainment / Associated Press

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