‘Twilight’ Soundtrack: Cullen-Worthy Or Merely Mortal?

So, by now you’re probably aware that the track listing for the “Twilight” soundtrack was announced earlier today. You already knew Paramore and Perry Farrell were on there, and it seemed like a foregone conclusion that Muse would make the cut too. But after that, all bets were off.

Given author Stephenie Meyer’s close relationship with music — she posts a “playlist” for each book in the series on her official site — and the rather intense feelings fans have for the “Twilight” books, there was a sense that the film’s soundtrack would be something extra special. There would be much care put into selecting songs, since this wasn’t the soundtrack to just any ordinary film, it was the soundtrack to readers’ imaginations and fantasies. This was clearly a big deal.

Which is why it’s somewhat disappointing that, in the end, what we got was little more than a fairly formulaic soundtrack to a Hollywood film. Songs from big-name acts? Check! (Linkin Park, Paramore and, in a stretch, Collective Soul.) A track by one of the actors in the film? You bet! (Robert Pattinson contributes a song called “Never Think.”) A couple of selections from bands you’ve never heard of? Absolutely. (The Black Ghosts, Blue Foundation.) Oh, and how about an older song that’s been “remixed” for the film, or a composition from the guy who’s scoring the movie? Done and done. (MuteMath’s “Spotlight” [“Twilight” Mix] and Carter Burwell’s “Bella’s Lullaby.”)

We’re certain we’re not the only ones who feel this way, so we’re turning it over to all you “Twilight” fans out there. What do you think of the list? Are you bummed that a certain artist didn’t make the cut? And where do you think these songs will feature in the film?