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Haunting sounds of Twilight

Published 09/11/2012 | 18:00

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Twilight: Breaking Dawn Part 2 OST

(Warner Bros)

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In an interview with him some years ago, Mundy mentioned to me that the royalty cheques that continued to come in from his appearance on the enormously popular soundtrack to Baz Luhrmann's Romeo + Juliet helped ensure that he was able to pay the bills in those lean periods that most singer-songwriters endure.

That album -- which featured the Offaly singer's strident anthem, To You I Bestow -- shifted more than 11 million copies, so those royalties were not to be sniffed at.

Although movie soundtrack albums don't sell in those sort of quantities any more (nor do big-name albums either, for that matter), having a song appear on the soundtrack for the hugely popular series Twilight can help propel an artist several rungs up the career ladder.

So it will be interesting to see the strides that James Vincent McMorrow makes now that a previously unreleased song, Ghosts, has made the cut on the soundtrack for this final instalment of the vampire series.

The song is a grower -- just as much of the material on his Choice-nominated debut album, Early In The Morning, was. It confirms the Dubliner's gift with melody as well as his keen observational eye.

What makes the Twilight soundtrack albums much more remarkable than the norm is the fact that they contain new or rare songs from an eclectic bunch of artists. And while some of the compositions fail to leave a mark -- most notably the Ellie Goulding effort, Bittersweet, which is produced by her over-rated beau, Skrillex -- tracks from Feist (Fire in the Water) and St Vincent (The Antidote) would have been strong enough to have appeared on their own studio albums.

Like the previous Twilight albums, this one can sound very disjointed when listened to away from the context of the film although fans of Passion Pit (Where I Come From) and the unstoppably prolific Green Day (The Forgotten) won't be too bothered by such quibbles when they consider that their respective favourites have turned in a pair of fine songs to the project.

Key tracks Ghosts; Fire in the Water

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