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A-List Stars Deliver On Catching Fire Soundtrack

Published on Nov 29 2013 // Entertainment

1930064The first Hunger Games soundtrack hit the number one spot on the Billboard 200, sold over half a million copies in the U.S. alone and spawned two Grammy-nominated tracks in the shape of Taylor Swift & The Civil Wars’ “Safe & Sound” and Arcade Fire’s “Abraham’s Daughter.” So like the film itself, its Catching Fire follow-up arrives with an understandable wave of expectation. Helmed by Twilight music supervisor Alexandra Patsavas, the majority of its twelve tracks maintain the same high standards. Abandoning the day-glow pop of their last album, Coldplay return to the melancholic indie-rock of Parachutes on the gorgeous opener “Atlas.” Ubiquitous hit-maker Sia makes the most of her opportunity in the spotlight with the hazy hip-pop of Diplo collaboration “Elastic Heart.” Meanwhile, Christina Aguilera delivers arguably her best vocal in a decade with the soaring Ryan Tedder-penned epic “We Remain.”

Elsewhere, The Weeknd thankfully avoids the self-indulgence of his recent fare with the falsetto-led R&B of “Devil May Cry,” Patti Smith makes the album’s most obvious Hunger Games reference with her cries of Katniss on the poetic and brooding balladry of “Capital Letter,” while The Lumineers take a break from their usual rousing default mode on the hushed Dylan-esque folk number “Gale Song.”

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