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Vampires and werewolves and Beck, oh my: Your guide to the new vampire soundtracks

Beck is on both vampire soundtracks. (Autumn DeWilde)

By Allison Stewart

It's a double-header, bloodsucker-style: Two different vampire soundtracks featuring au courant indie rockers will see release within the space of two weeks: "True Blood, Volume 2" (already out) and "The Twilight Saga: Eclipse" (out June 8).

Which one best fits your needs? Let's take a look at "Twilight" here and "True Blood" after the jump.

"The Twilight Saga: Eclipse"

Why this might be the vampire soundtrack for you: It's got a high-wattage list of contributors ranging from the Dead Weather to Sia to "Twilight" soundtrack habitu├ęs Muse. (One day, historians will explore the significant overlap between Muse fans and "Twilight" devotees. Not today, though.)

Why it might not be: If you ever had any doubt that indie rock was the new corporate rock, "Eclipse" will put those doubts to rest in a hurry.

Hmmm. I still can't decide. Is Beck on it?: Yes (see below).

Marquee duet: Beck and Bat for Lashes, "Let's Get Lost"

Where you can hear it: Nowhere, yet.

What to download: Band of Horses, "Life on Earth."

"True Blood: Volume 2"

Why this might be the vampire soundtrack for you: It's swampy and gothic and adult, a thoughtfully collated collection that skews older and NPR-y. There are contributions from Dylan, M. Ward and a rare appearance from the Band's Robbie Robertson.

Why it might not be: It's subtler and more atmospheric, lacking in summery, "blast it out the car windows"-type tracks.

Hmm. I still can't decide. Is Beck on it?: Yes. Yes, he is.

Marquee Duet: Lucinda Williams with Elvis Costello, "Kiss Like Your Kiss"

Where you can hear it: The folks at Entertainment Weekly can help.

What to download: Lots of tracks, but definitely Robertson's "How to Become Clairvoyant."

By Allison Stewart  |  May 26, 2010; 2:40 PM ET
Categories:  Riffs  | Tags: Band of Horses, Beck, Dead Weather, Lucinda Williams, Muse, Robbie Robertson, True Blood, Twilight  
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