Hunger Games: Catching Fire [Deluxe]

Hunger Games: Catching Fire [Deluxe]

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Like other young adult book series turned into blockbuster franchises, it's easy to tell that The Hunger Games: Catching Fire is a more lavish affair than its predecessor just by looking at its soundtrack, which features some of pop and rock's biggest names. Coldplay opens the album with the typically sweeping and earnest "Atlas," while Christina Aguilera's "We Remain" delivers the empowered balladry she's been known for since "Beautiful" (it also sounds a lot like Alicia Keys' "Girl on Fire," which seemed like a natural fit for this album). The album also includes several of the artists who defined 2013: Lorde turns the wry paranoia of Tears for Fears' "Everybody Wants to Rule the World" into something obviously dark and creepy. Meanwhile, Imagine Dragons take the lumbering thrust of their hit "Radioactive" in a slightly more complex but still fist-pumping direction on "Who We Are," while the Lumineers' "Gale Song" evokes the first Hunger Games soundtrack. Aside from this track and the acoustic leanings of the National's "Lean" and Of Monsters and Men's "Silhouettes," Catching Fire downplays the bluegrass and folk elements of The Hunger Games. While this is somewhat disappointing, it also makes sense: the series' second installment focuses on the gaudy Capitol, the hardships facing Panem as a whole, and the tournament's diabolical arena rather than the Appalachian-like District 12. Grimly anthemic songs like the Weeknd's "Devil May Cry" express the life-or-death struggles of The Hunger Games' characters in and outside of the tournament, but some of the best moments, such as Ellie Goulding's sparkly "Mirror" and Santigold's taut "Shooting Arrows at the Sky," allow some hope to peek through its brooding. However, if the album was a competition to the death, Patti Smith's "Capitol Letter," which turns The Hunger Games' themes and imagery into what sounds like a timeless lament, would be the survivor. Even if every track here isn't quite as inspired as this song, or the music from the first movie, Catching Fire is a solidly entertaining soundtrack. [Die-hard Hunger Games fans will want the deluxe edition of the soundtrack, which features bonus tracks by Mikky Ekko, Phantogram, and Antony and the Johnsons that are as good as what made it onto the regular edition.]

Product Details

Release Date: 11/19/2013
Label: Republic
UPC: 0602537514533
catalogNumber: 001911002
Rank: 115090

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Tony Shanahan   Double Bass
Nate Albert   Guitar
Aaron Anderson   Guitar
Steve Hassett   Background Vocals
Ian Fitchuk   Percussion,Drums,Keyboards
Eric Hoegemeyer   Tambourine,Bodhran
Jason Lader   Bass,Guitar,Keyboards
Jackson Smith   Acoustic Guitar
Ryan Tedder   Piano,Background Vocals
Caroline Shaw   Violin
Heritage Orchestra   Strings
Brent Kutzle   Bass,Piano,Strings,Drums
Davide Rossi   Strings
Aku Orraca-Tetteh   Synthesizer
Nick Zinner   Synthesizer,Percussion
Ellie Goulding   Vocals
Justin Carpenter   Trombone
Kristjan Kristjansson   Bass
Ragnhildur Gunnarsdóttir   Trumpet,Flugelhorn
Arnar Rósenkranz Hilmarsson   Percussion,Drums
Nanna Bryndís Hilmarsdóttir   Vocals
Brynjar Leifsson   Guitar
Ragnar Þórhallsson   Vocals
Doc McKinney   Guitar
Kristen Bowers   French Horn
Ian Longwell   Synthesizer
Jesse Smith   Pump Organ,Tack Piano
Steingrimur Karl Teague   Piano
Tobin Law   Cello

Technical Credits

Greg Kurstin   Producer,Engineer
Roland Orzabal   Composer
Rick Rubin   Producer
Patti Smith   Composer
Ian Stanley   Composer
Joel Little   Vocal Producer
Sean O'Brien   Engineer
Justin Smith   Engineer
Jacquire King   Producer,Engineer
Aaron Anderson   Programming
Peter Shurkin   Producer
Rik Simpson   Programming,Producer,Engineer
Sia   Composer
Coldplay   Producer
Chris Martin   Composer
Bryan Cook   Engineer
Will Champion   Composer
Guy Berryman   Composer
Jonny Buckland   Composer
Rob Kleiner   Vocal Engineer
Martin Cooke   Engineer,Pro-Tools
Santi White   Composer
Jeff Ryan   Engineer
Bryce Dessner   Orchestration
Matt Berninger   Composer
Aaron Dessner   Composer,Producer
Diplo   Producer,Engineer,drum programming
Jason Lader   Engineer
Ryan Tedder   Composer,Programming,Producer
Olga Fitzroy   Engineer
Alex Bush   Engineer
Nicolas Fournier   Engineer,Pro-Tools
Antony Hegarty   Composer,Producer
Rob Moose   String Arrangements
Billboard   Producer
Brent Kutzle   Composer,Programming,Producer
Chris Kasych   Engineer
James Frazee   Engineer
Michael A. Levine   Composer
Santigold   Producer
Alex Pasco   Engineer
Nick Zinner   Producer,Engineer
Mikky Ekko   Composer,Producer
Ellie Goulding   Composer
Imagine Dragons   Composer
Mat Lejeune   Engineer
Jonathan Low   Engineer
Alex Da Kid   Composer
Josh Mosser   Composer,Engineer
Christopher Merrick Hughes   Composer
John Hill   Producer
Josh Carter   Composer,Producer
Sarah Barthel   Composer
Jason Quenneville   Composer
Andrew Swanson   Composer,Engineer,drum programming
Stuart Schenk   Engineer
Thomas Wesley Pentz   Composer
Kristjan Kristjansson   Composer
Laura Sisk   Engineer
Mathieu Jomphe   Composer
Ammar Malik   Composer
Daniel Green   Programming,Producer,Engineer
Of Monsters and Men   Producer
Lumineers   Producer
Arnar Rósenkranz Hilmarsson   Composer
Nanna Bryndís Hilmarsdóttir   Composer
Brynjar Leifsson   Composer
Neyla Pekarek   Composer
Lucas Cantor   Composer
Nick Ruth   Composer,Producer
Ragnar Þórhallsson   Composer
Abel Tesfaye   Composer
Doc McKinney   Producer,Engineer
Wesley Schultz   Composer
Rich Rich   Engineer
Ernesto Olvera   Engineer
Jenny Beal   Producer
Joshua Smith   Engineer
Joe Kearns   Vocal Engineer
Jeremiah Fraites   Composer

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