VARIOUS ARTISTS/ THE HUNGER GAMES: CATCHING FIRE
In the same vein as The Twilight Saga, the soundtrack for The Hunger Games has become quite a musical event because of its exciting, eclectic mix of artists from polarised genres. The album inspired by the first Hunger Games movie last year features anyone from pop (Taylor Swift, Maroon 5) and folk (The Civil Wars, The Lumineers) to indie rock (Arcade Fire, Neko Case), hip hop (Kid Cudi) and even country (Miranda Lambert). With the global success of the first film, it's undeniable that the sequel (and, by extension, its soundtrack) has some big shoes to fill. And we can be assured the proverbial shoes are rightfully filled when the lead single turns out to be the epic piano-driven anthem Atlas by Coldplay (Atlas), followed by the second single, Elastic Heart, a brooding slow-burn jam penned and sung by Sia, and featuring R&B crooner The Weeknd (who also contributes on Devil May Cry) and mega-producer Diplo.
Then we have We Remain, a powerful ballad by pop heavyweight Christina Aguilera who masterfully delivers on the vocal front. "Burn me with fire, drown me with rain/I'm gonna wake up screaming your name," she sings during the arena-sized chorus custom-made for the series' protagonist Katniss Everdeen. The spirit of girl power is further fuelled by legendary singer-songwriter Patti Smith who on the folk-country number Capital Letter croons references from the movie: "Bird in the hand/Another role to play/Mocking as the jay/She's the silent one/In her soft boots/Racing through the flames."
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