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Review: Lorde nails it with ‘Mockingjay’ soundtrack

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“The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1” soundtrack was released Nov. 17. The motion picture soundtrack, produced by Republican Records, complements the third installment in “The Hunger Games” series, adapted from Suzanne Collin’s trilogy.

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A major change compared to motion picture soundtracks of previous installments is that Grammy winner Lorde took over as producer for the soundtrack and had her hands in a quarter of the songs on the album. Lorde used her contacts to recruit some big name artists, such as Kanye West, Ariana Grande, Charli XCX, and others who were featured on the soundtrack as well.

Some of the best tracks on the album are “Yellow Flicker Beat” by Lorde, “Scream my Name” by Tove Lo, “Kingdom” by Charli XCX, and “Dead Air” by CHVRCHES. These songs match up well with the movie. Other songs include “Meltdown” by Stromae, “Ladder Song” by Lorde, “The Leap” by Tinashe, “Animal” by XOV and “This is not a Game” by The Chemical Brothers featuring Miguel and Lorde. The soundtrack also features Kanye West’s “Flicker,” which is a rework of Lorde’s “Yellow Flicker Beat.”

The main issue I have with this soundtrack is that none of the 14 songs on the soundtrack made it into the movie. I feel like a lot of time was spent on this soundtrack for it not to be utilized, and using it really could have boosted sales.

I believe these songs were meant to represent girl power since the protagonist in the books and movies, Katniss Everdeen, is a figurehead for female empowerment. In a recent interview with Billboard, Lorde said that it was important not to make this soundtrack like her own album. She said, “It would’ve be selfish for me to make ambient house music. With a film like that, everyone likes it, not just people like me.”

Lorde recruited artists like Tove Lo, who sings hit song “Habits,” to lend their voices to the soundtrack. Tove Lo was very serious about this chance and re-read the trilogy to get a feeling for Panem and the characters in the book while writing her song “Scream my Name.”

“The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1 Original Motion Picture Soundtrack” is available on iTunes and at major retailers.

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