November 26, 2012 12:00 PM

>THE TWILIGHT SAGA: BREAKING DAWN—PART 2

Forget Bella and Edward: I’m gonna miss the alt-savvy soundtracks. These swan songs, such as James Vincent McMorrow’s haunting “Ghosts,” capture Twilight’s brooding mood one last time. []

LANA DEL REY

Paradise

To my mind, Lana Del Rey got a raw deal after that SNL fiasco: Her debut album, Born to Die, deserved better. Serving as a companion, this eight-track EP displays more of her heavy-lidded allure, but it falls short of heaven. []

SOUNDGARDEN

King Animal

“I’ve been away for too long,” wails Chris Cornell in the opening moments of Soundgarden’s first studio set since ’96. After his solo album collaborating with Timbaland, it’s good to have him back in grunge-god mode. []

THE WEEKND

Trilogy

The three-disc debut of this neo-soulster is an intense amount of music. It would take a weekend to absorb. But with his sexy, mesmerizing atmospherics conjuring Frank Ocean, Drake and even Michael Jackson, he’s so worth it. []

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