2014 has been a good year for music with a lot of strong releases and surprising comebacks but nothing has prepared you for The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1 Soundtrack. Curated and executive produced by Lorde these fourteen songs will impress with the range of diversity and strength. She’s handpicked a killer group of up and coming artists as well as some of the industries heavyweights to showcase.
Opening with the all-star collaboration “Stromae” featuring Lorde, Pusha T, Q-Tip and Haim this strange RNB meet dance track is the summer track you were waiting for. It’s unique blend of genres and vocal techniques is interesting and will leave you hitting the repeat button. Chvrches bring their familiar sound on “Dead Air” setting a synth vibe for the soundtrack with a song that makes you want to throw your hands in the air. Tove Lo shines bright with the synth heavy “Scream My Name” incorporating her infamous “oh oh’s” and powerful vocals that are making her someone you don’t want to mess with. It’s one of the soundtracks most commercial sounding tracks which radio would love with its catchy hook. Charli XCX shows listeners a completely šdifferent side of her vocal ability dropping the “cute and quirky” act to give an angelic and vulnerable vocal delivery. “Kingdom” is not one of her best tracks but it fits perfectly on the soundtrack with its steady production growth with the addition of synths and piano to build mood.
The most surprising collaboration comes from Major Lazer and pop princess Ariana Grande. “All My Love” is a mediocre pop/dance track that delivers flawless vocals, cool production and a boring hook. This should have been the most talked about track but it falls under the radar and not even their star power can save it. Newcomer to the rap game Raury gives listeners a unique blend of acoustic guitar and beats along with raw vocals in the hook which is bound to make “Lost Souls” a new favourite. While Tinashe and Bat For Lashes both disappoint with their forgettable and boring tracks. Grace Jones returns with her first original work since 2008 and “Original Beast” is as trippy as you would expect. The African influenced dance track incorporates her strange vocals but fails to deliver a strong or memorable hook. XOV is probably the most exciting newcomer on this soundtrack with the infectiously catchy “Animal” providing heavy synths and sweet vocals. I feel like Lorde may have just introduced the world to the next big thing, so stay tuned to hear more from him soon. “This Is Not A Game” is the result of a well picked collaboration between The Chemical Brothers and Miguel. It’s a song that grows on you with each listen enforcing its strong synths further into your brain.
Lorde has done an incredibly well job curating this soundtrack choosing some of the best artists of right now as well as including two killer solo tracks “Yellow Flicker Beat” and “Ladder Song” which respectfully both impress. Kanye West even gave “Yellow Flicker Beat” a Yeezus reworking transforming it into a dramatically perfect moody anthem. If you weren’t already excited about the release of The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1 then this soundtrack will definitely change that.