By Stephanie Smith

If you’re breathing, you’ve heard of the juggernaut that is Twilight. It’s everywhere – in the form of books, movies, clothing, vampire (or werewolf)-loving teenage girls and even body glitter, just in case you want to shimmer like Edward in the sun (I’m not kidding).

While having the Cullen family in your face everywhere can be just as overwhelming as last year, when you couldn’t walk 10 feet in Wal-Mart without seeing Miley Cyrus’ face plastered on something, the phenomena does include at least one upside: the soundtracks from the movie.

Last year, when the first Twilight movie came out, it was accompanied by a rocking soundtrack featuring the Mute Math, Linkin Park, Muse and Paramore, who all instantly vaulted into the limelight through their connection to Twilight.

With the second installment in the movie series, New Moon, due out Nov. 20, the eponymous soundtrack released on Oct. 16.

This particular soundtrack bears no resemblance to the one before it, and in this case, that’s a good thing. While Twilight offered harder, more fast-paced jams, the New Moon soundtrack sounds more like a great mix-tape, offering up songs written by some of the biggest names in indie rock – Death Cab for Cutie, Thom Yorke of Radiohead and a recent critical favorite, Grizzly Bear.

The soundtrack opens with what is sure to be a favorite: Death Cab’s “Meet Me On The Equinox,” a gorgeous tune in which Ben Gibbard (with an angel’s voice) sings over and over, “Everything, everything ends.”

From there follow songs by favorites from the indie rock genre that are sure to get the exposure they deserve. Highlights include a beautiful, heart-breaking piano score by Alexandre Desplat that has star-crossed love story written all over it.

While this soundtrack is obviously a must for any Twilight follower, it has something to offer even to those of us who could do without hearing about vampires for the next century or two.

Not only is this undoubtedly the soundtrack of the year, it’s a great introduction to some up-and-coming, as well as some tried-and-true, bands.

See ya later, Juno soundtrack; your replacement has arrived.