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Monday, October 20, 2014

Soundtrack Review For The Hunger Games:Catching Fire

Songwriters:Guy Berryman, Jonny Buckland, Will Champion, Chris Martin, Ragnar Þórhallsson, Nanna Bryndís Hilmarsdóttir, Arnar Rósenkranz Hilmarsson, Kristján Páll Kristjánsson, Brynjar Leifsson, Sia Furler, Thomas Wesley Pentz, Andrew Swanson, Abel Tesfaye, Matt Berninger, Aaron Dessner, Ryan Tedder, Brent Kutzle, Mikky Echo, Jason Quenneville, Alex da Kid, Imagine Dragons, Josh Mosser, Ian Stanley, Roland Orzabal, Chris Hughes, Wesley Schultz, Jeremiah Fraites, Neyla Pekarek, Ellie Goulding, Mathieu Jomphe, Patti Smith, Santi White, Rick Nowels

Genres:Soundtrack, pop

General thoughts:This ended up being much more pop-style than was the first film's soundtrack, and is not my usual kind of music. I kind of liked it and at the same time found it annoying. There's romantic angst, rebellious stands, and hope even in desperation. Soundwise, there is a lot of pop here. Some songs sound like radio pop, others are quieter and more hopeful/apathetic to the consequences.

It's much like the sequel itself (the book version at least). It's not as good as the first, but it has some things going for it. Overall, I would say to give it a listen and buy the tracks you like.

Track Listing

1. Atlas
by Coldplay
This is a quiet track promising to carry a friend or lover. Not bad.

2. Silhouettes by Of Monsters And Men
Thoughts:It's okay. It seems to once again be about two lovers.
3. Elastic Heart by Sia feat. The Weeknd & Diplo
I didn't like this one at first because it's heavy on the radio pop side, but it has grown on me. It's apparently about Katniss's coldness.

4. Lean by The National 
Thoughts:This is another slow moving track, which appears to be about either Peeta or Katniss needing to trust the other. It's not bad.
5. We Remain by Christina Aguilera
This is about surviving whatever happens. It avoids several of the obnoxious musical devices that bothered me about other songs, making it one of the best songs here.

6. Devil May Cry by The Weeknd
Meh. It seems to be about standing up for something.

7. Who We Are by Imagine Dragons
This sounds like all the tributes are singing it. They're saying they don't care if the Capitol hates it; they're making a stand. Not bad.

8. Everybody Wants To Rule The World by Lorde
This has a rather dramatic quality to it. I'm not entirely sure what it has to do with the story, but I like it.
9. Gale Song by The Lumineers

Thoughts:This is Gale's thoughts on Katniss's relationship with Peeta. No big deal.
10. Mirror by Ellie Goulding
This is about Katniss and Peeta's relationship. It's a little annoying, but also kind of good.

11. Capitol Letter by Patti Smith
Thoughts:This is about Katniss being the mockingjay. It would fit the next book/movie better, but it's still enjoyable.
12. Shooting Arrows At The Sky by Santigold
Thoughts:This is about Katniss finally fighting back. It's not as good as it could be. The lyrics aren't entirely clear and it's another track that gets kind of annoying.

So what did you think?

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