Who knew Panem's playlist could be so hip? Catching Fire’s soundtrack is like a dream festival come to life: Of Monsters and Men, Lorde, The Lumineers, Ellie Goulding, Santigold, etcetera. Panem's preference for, you know, televised murder, is questionable to say the least, but it sure has pretty decent taste in music.
You want soaring hero anthems? Have some Christina Aguilera ("We Remain"), Coldplay ("Atlas"), or Mikky Ekko ("Place for Us"). You want to dance? Take "Elastic Heart" (Sia featuring The Weeknd & Diplo) and "Shooting Arrows at the Sky" (Santigold) for a spin.
You want doom and gloom? The National delivers with "Lean." ("Dying is easy / I believe my love and my love relieves me"—which I first heard as "Dying is easy / I believe my love, my love release me." #dark) I love me some Lorde, but I wish she came up with a Pure Heroine-ish original instead of an overdramatic cover of "Everybody Wants to Rule the World."
Of Monsters and Men is a soundtrack boss's best friend (see: the TV shows, movie trailers, and commercials of 2012 and 2013), and that holds true in this OST. "Silhouettes" is a slice of their usual, but it's still pretty good.
If there were such a thing as too on point when it comes to OSTs, Catching Fire’s soundtrack would be at the top of the list. I mean, just take a look at Ellie Goulding's "Mirror": "Are we star-crossed lovers? Did I really want you gone? If I'm really a winner, where do these demons come from? I was the girl who was on fire, only a bird could get much higher." It's almost like fanfic.
But what's really fanfic in song form is The Lumineers' "Gale Song." It would've been the best, well, Gale song ever had it not been for the parody "Reaping Ball," a much funnier and smarter take on Gale's POV. Totally wre-eh-ecked me.
Catching Fire’s soundtrack is available in record stores and on Spinnr.ph.