Cast: Kristen Stewart, Robert Pattinson, Taylor Lautner

Music: Carter Burwell

Cinematography: Guillermo Navarro

Editing: Virginia Katz

Screenplay: Melissa Rosenberg, Stephenie Meyer

Direction: Bill Condon


Twilight OSTs never fail to dazzle Twihards and non-Twihards alike, right from Muse’s heart thumping Supermassive Black hole and the unforgettable Flightless Bird, American Mouth by Iron and Wine in the very first Twilight OST! The Breaking Dawn 2 Original Motion Picture Soundtrack is no different… featuring Ellie Goulding, Green Day alongside indie bands like St. Vincent and A Boy And His Kite.

Breaking Dawn Part 2 OST was released on the 13th of November 2012, a day before the release of the movie.  Capturing the essence of the final part of the series… a large part of this electro pop, alternative rock and indie album is intense and broody interspersed with romantic interludes, infectiously clever tracks like The Antidote and a final revamped flashback to the entire phenomenon!

Track Artist Rating
Where I Come From Passion Pit ★★★½☆
Bittersweet Ellie Goulding ★★★★½
The Forgotten Green Day ★★★☆☆
Fire in the Water Feist ★★★½☆
Everything and Nothing The Boom Circuits ★★★☆☆
The Antidote St. Vincent ★★★★☆
Speak Up Pop, ETC ★★★☆☆
Heart of Stone Iko ★★★☆☆
Cover Your Tracks A Boy And His Kite ★★★★☆
Ghosts James Vincent McMorrow ★★★★½
All I’ve Ever Needed Paul McDonald and Nikki Reed ★★★★★
New For You Reeve Carney ★★★½☆
A Thousand Years, Pt. 2 Christina Perri ft. Steve Kazee ★★★★½
Plus que ma proper vie Carter Burwell ★★★½☆

Soundtrack Analysis :

1.Where I Come From
Artist: Passion Pit

A pretty good opening song that’s very upbeat in a “boppy in a bleak context” kind of way. The twinkly instrumentation in the beginning and the pulsating electro beats that build up to the anthemic chorus (“I think we’ll be alright”) gives Where I Come From a really unique sound!

Artist: Ellie Goulding

This song is it. The fast beats, electro pop singer Ellie Goulding’s vocals, impressive range and the smooth lyrics captivated me as it captured a volcano of delightfully bittersweet feelings! “Kiss me only when I cry/Cause you always want what you’re running from.” I love how the song opens with Goulding sounding calm, reasonable even, till her voice soars with unrestrained fervor.

3.The Forgotten
Artist: Green Day

The Forgotten is a slow and broody piano ballad. I had been looking forward to this song, especially since it was by Green Day. While it wasn’t by any means a must-listen, I wasn’t disappointed either. The lyrics had a haunting and lingering quality to them that captivated me.

4.Fire in the Water
Artist: Feist

A short and electrically charged song. Feist’s vocals add to the delicate intensity that embodies Fire in the Water. This song couldn’t be written for anyone but Edward and Bella with the lyrics “Sole and born creation/Lion’s in the house/Flowers are up in the air/Crashing against the dark.”; reminding you of the lines from the first part of the Twilight saga: “And so the lion fell in love with the lamb…”

5.Everything and Nothing
Artist: The Boom Circuits

The beat is mellow and laidback compared to Fire in the Water, making you sit back a bit and just sing along with the chorus. When you pay close attention to the lyrics, however, they will not fail to grip you.

6.The Antidote
Artist: St. Vincent

The Antidote starts with a bang. Well, not a bang exactly. But the opening instrumentals are so catchy, it’s infectious. A fun song with clever and taunting lyrics. Loved how, in the movie, the song plays during the Bella and Emmett arm wrestling scene!

7.Speak Up
Artist: Pop ETC

This track is slow paced, kind of folksy in parts and laden with old school charm. It has a great hook and adds a great deal to the scene in which it plays in BD2. However, as a song, its impact wears with time.

8.Heart of Stone
Artist: Iko

Another broody and contemplative track that blends in with the other songs. The lyrics, though repetitive, strike a chord, especially when the song closes with the words: “When you’re here with me/You’re not here with me.”

9.Cover Your Tracks
Artist: A Boy and his Kite

A simple yet beautiful track that is more uplifting than half the songs in this album combined. The instrumentation is sunny and soothing, especially when it picks up its pace. A very underrated song that creeps in on you, letting hope and warmth seep in.

Artist: James Vincent McMorrow

Ghosts takes its time to grow on you, with James Vincent McMorrow’s curiously captivating voice and the quiet rhythm that builds over time. The instrumentals, in particular, are complex and layered and do much to capture the mood of the song. It paints a spellbinding picture, an unforgettable scenery and leaves you with closing chords that echo in your ears.

11.All I’ve Ever Needed
Artists: Paul McDonald and Nikki Reed

The opening piano chords and McDonald and Reed’s voices, both in perfect sync, gives you an idea that this is going to be a pretty epic ballad. The song was said to be about “Bella and Edward, and about each other.”

This song makes perfect sense as 1) it’s sung by real life couple, American Idol’s Paul McDonald and Nikki Reed 2) Nikki Reed plays Rosalie in the movie 3) Reed has a very pretty voice that blends perfectly with McDonald’s lead vocals and 4) Their chemistry translates amazingly in this song

What more, All I’ve Ever Needed rings of complete sincerity and devotion… It is sure to leave you light headed and bleary eyed!

12.New For You
Artist: Reeve Carney

It’s great that New For You precedes the song A Thousand Years, what with the lines, “And I would die a thousand deaths/But to defend your happiness, my love/Yours is like a wave upon an open shore”. It’s a pretty song which makes you feel nostalgic but the somber melodies are bound to have worn you out by now.

13.A Thousand Years, Pt. 2
Artist: Christina Perri ft. Steve Kazee

This song could’ve turned out to be completely sappy but instead, it touches you with its warmth. The lyrics are wonderful and it worked brilliantly in the final scene of the movie. Perri’s voice is incredible. Instead of going all out, she sounds relaxed and you can hear the hint of a smile in her voice…

Twilight fans will love the way this song is sure to cause all the pivotal Edward/Bella moments across the series to come rushing back… Even if you weren’t all that into the series (but watched the movies anyway), this song will have you smiling in spite of yourself!

 14.Plus que ma propre vie
Artist:  Carter Burwell

A 4:15 minutes long cut from the BD2 film score… from the gentle piano chords to slow-to-build eeriness and intense beats. Since it’s from various scenes throughout the film, it captures the mood of the final part of the saga in its entirety!

Final thoughts: The Breaking Dawn, Part 2 OST, produced by Alexandra Patsavas, does a flawless job at capturing the mood of the film and the Edward/Bella dynamic. At times, it does a better job than the film itself in this regard! Featuring an array of indie artists like St. Vincent and Passion Pit, almost every song is fresh and memorable. At times, the mournfulness and somberness overpowers every other emotion but then the romance and nostalgia-inducing tracks take over at the right time (All I’ve Ever Needed and A Thousand Years, Pt. 2).

Not only does this OST introduce you to some amazing new artists but even tracks, like Heart of Stone and The Forgotten, that don’t make much of an impression still fit seamlesslywith the overall experience. In the final part of the Twilight saga, as in the other parts of the series, the music makes the movie!

Picks of the OST: Bittersweet, The Antidote, Cover Your Tracks, Ghosts, All I’ve Ever Needed and A Thousand Years, Pt. 2

Album Verdict: Without doubt, the music makes the movie!

Album ★★★★★★★☆☆☆