Catching Fire Soundtrack Catches Big Artists

Catching Fire Soundtrack Catches Big Artists 

by Taylor Gilliam

Coldplay.  Of Monsters and Men.  The National.  Imagine Dragons.  Sounds like the lineup for a festival’s main stage, doesn’t it?  Guess again.  Lorde.  The Lumineers.  Santigold.  Phantogram.  Got it yet?  Even though this would make for a great concert series, it’s instead a collaborative work that dropped on Tuesday: the soundtrack to the highly anticipated film adaptation of Suzanne Collins’s novel, Catching Fire.

Catching Fire is the second installment in the Hunger Games trilogy that has gripped audiences of all ages.  Here’s the most basic of synopses in case you’re been living under a rock: We begin the trilogy with Katniss Everdeen, a sixteen-year-old badass from the dystopian country of Panem.  The country’s grandest tradition is the Hunger Games, a yearly event in which one teenager from each district is chosen to compete for survival in a wilderness-like arena.  The last one living wins.

It’s the sheer vehemence that the music supervisors tried to capture in in the soundtracks, whether the intensity of battle or the utter trauma undergone by the families of the competitors, called “tributes.”  Imagine Dragons’ “Who We Are” is a combat anthem.  “Mirrors,” which Ellie Goulding told MTV she wrote for someone in particular, showcases the film’s (spoiler alert!) love story.  Perhaps the core of the collection, though, is Christina Aguilera’s “We Remain.”  It’s heartbreaking, and iTunes reviewers are simply raving.  The supervisors also had to take into consideration the futuristic aspect of the trilogy’s setting, and Phantogram (“Lights”) and The Weeknd’s contributions (“Devil May Cry” and featuring vocals on Sia’s “Electric Heart”) did just that.  Also, Lorde, haunting as always, redid Tears For Fears.

There are sixteen reasons to go listen to this album: fifteen tracks and one film.  May the odds be ever in your favor.