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PEOPLE's music critic reviews the latest soundtrack and reveals his picks from all the Twilight films

November 08, 2011 04:45 PM

You might think that the Twilight soundtrack series could be losing some of its indie-alternative cred by featuring a pop crooner like Bruno Mars.

But aside from the “Grenade” guy and Christina Perri (on the piano ballad “A Thousand Years”), there are no other VH1 faves invading the franchise.

Instead you get singer-songwriters Aqualung and Lucy Schwartz dueting on the eerie “Cold” and Breaking Dawn actress Mia Maestro bringing the undead to “Llovera.”

The Ultimate Twilight Playlist

With Breaking Dawn – Part I opening Nov. 18, sink your fangs into these tunes from the four soundtracks.

• Muse “Supermassive Black Hole” (2008’s Twilight): Seducing you with his super-sexy falsetto, Matthew Bellamy makes it impossible to resist crossing over to the dark side.

• Death Cab For Cutie “Meet Me on the Equinox” (2009’s New Moon): Ben Gibbard – who may be in a brooding Twilight mood now, after his split from wife Zooey Deschanel – reaches atmospheric heights with his alt-rock band.

Paramore’s Decode (Twilight): Flame-haired Hayley Williams bleeds passion on this red-hot rocker.

Lykke Li’s Possibility (New Moon): Haunting – and heart breaking – melancholy from the Swedish indie popster.

• Sia “My Love” (2010’s Eclipse): The Aussie captures the heart of Bella and Edward with sweeping, string-laden romanticism.

• Sleeping At Last “Turning Page” (2011’s Breaking Dawn): You can feel every bit of the ache in Ryan O’Neal’s voice (no, not that Ryan O’Neal) on this dreamy ballad.

Bruno Mars’s It Will Rain (Breaking Dawn): There will hardly be a dry eye around when listening to Bruno plead about staying together through the storm.

Cee Lo Green’s ‘What Part of Forever’ (Eclipse): Leave it to Mr. “F––– You” to lighten things up with the retro bounce and whistling breeziness of this soul-pop ditty.

• Muse “Neutron Star Collision (Love Is Forever)” (Eclipse): High – make that over-the-top – drama for star-crossed lovers.

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