EW gave it this report
At this point, even the most entrenched haters of Twilight's vampire-sparkle voodoo concede the soundtracks' indie-rock bona fides — though they might wish the music came shrouded in a plain brown wrapper.
Like last October's New Moon collection, Eclipse operates as a sort of alt-party primer: original songs from the genre's current varsity squad, with a smattering of JV newbies. Pomp-rockers Muse, practically the movies' musical mascots by now, provide the requisite dose of Queen-meets-Rush grandiosity on ''Neutron Star Collision (Love Is Forever),'' while Jack White side project the Dead Weather revel in swampy blooze-ooze on ''Rolling in on a Burning Tire.'' Vampire Weekend, stripped of their habitual Afro-pop swaddling, work the harpsichord-tinged twee of ''Jonathan Low'' into a pleasingly woolly tangle, though Australian chanteuse Sia's ''My Love'' does more with much less — her fragile ballad is so ethereal and otherworldly, it should be sung in Elvish. U.K. indie-pop outfit Fanfarlo's rickety ''Atlas'' sounds like Talking Heads on a dirt-road detour; Beck and British songstress Bat for Lashes trade haunting echo-chamber vocals on the percussion-heavy duet ''Let's Get Lost''; and on the heady ''Heavy in Your Arms,'' Florence + the Machine make like Siouxsie Sioux leading a tribal marching band into battle. L.A. unknowns Eastern Conference Champions co-opt Radiohead's dense existential dread, Band of Horses conjure up another beardy folk ramble, and this summer's palest citizens get a pretty solid ready-made mixtape. B+
Beck and Bat for Lashes' dark duet Let's Get Lost
Sia's symphonic stunner My Love
And song choice IS important. But for Twifans, the question is not really if the songs themselves are "good", but rather if they fit the emotions of the story we adore. Are these songs TWILIGHT? Do they tell the story of Edward and Bella and Jacob and The Cullens and Quileute's and the entire town of Forks and La Push? I really am open to any song choice, as long as it embodies exactly what I felt when I read those books. I want those songs to evoke emotions in me, years after I hear them for the first time. I can legitimately say that the Twilight Soundtrack, to this day, still makes me cry. It still evokes incredibly strong emotions out of the blue.
So Is the Eclipse Soundtrack worthy to actual Twifans?
From first listening, My grade is an A. Or whatever grade is above A. There has to be something better than an A! I give it "Above an A" for musicality, for song choices, for beautiful compilations and choices, for some kick ass songs and some haunting melodies. But above all, the songs are already evoking emotions that I think will be doubled if not tripled when I can finally see them matched to their scenes. They may have hit it out of the park with this one. I'll give a few examples below.
Attempt to even listen the opening NOTES of this song and not start crying. I was already welling up. There is something deep about the notes of this one that tells you to pay attention, to be aware, that this song is not "just another ballad" and it's not to be taken lightly. I don't even remember the words and I knew it hit chords that were touched when I was reading Eclipse specifically. This song pretty much tells you in the first 5 seconds "Sit down, shut up and listen. And Pay Attention"
I just adore this song. I'd listen to this on repeat if it was never ever attached to this soundtrack. It's just flat out freaking awesome.
I noticed themes tonight when I was listening. As my husband (the avid WolfFan) were listening to the songs, there were three parts we kept pointing out as song placement- Rose's story, Jasper's Newborn Life and "The New Borns" kept coming up as we talked about each song. Really strong or emotional songs kept being stated as being a possibility for Rose or Jasper or Newborns, so it makes me wonder how big those scenes will eventually be