The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 2 marks the finale of the epic vampire series and its soundtrack befittingly bleeds with moody romance and melancholy. Twilight consistently assembles strong soundtracks, and here, Twi-hards say goodbye to Bella and Edward to the tune of new tracks from Green Day ("The Forgotten"), Feist ("Fire in the Water") and Passion Pit, who open with wistful anthem "Where I Come From." Ellie Goulding's aptly-titled "Bittersweet," produced by her on-again/off-again boyfriend Skrillex, is a whimsical electropop dance track which warns: "You always want what you're running from." The follow-up from her Part 1 tearjerker, Christina Perri's "A Thousand Years (Part 2)" declares eternal love, while Reeve Carney's "New for You" trembles with devotion.
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The soundtrack to their Cheech & Chong-like feature film, Mac and Devin Go to High School finds Snoop Dogg and Wiz Khalifa in glorious stoner mode, offering plenty of blunt anthems and smokers delights. Production-wise, the album is split evenly between booming, G-Funk nostalgia (prime cut “I Get Lifted” features a slow, rolling, Warren G beat) and more contemporary, Wiz-friendly sounds (lead single “Young, Wild & Free” is polished, bright, sunshine material crafted by Bruno Mars and his crew, the Smeezingtons). Highly desirable names like Jake One, Drumma Boy, Exile, and Nottz fill the rest of the production credits, and while the material is light and redundant, anyone with a little hip-hop schooling should be prepared, and rightly assume, this is much more How High than Blackout! Snoop and Wiz offer a flashy, multi-generational alternative to Method and Red, and bouncing between their styles keeps this single-minded effort from being a bore. The target audience should think of it as a bag marked “regs” that comes with no organic flavor or transcendent buzz, but is easy to roll and surprisingly dank.
David Jeffries, Rovi