This might be one of those rare moments in the history of cinematic music: when a song becomes synonymous with the movie it is commissioned for. Like Rocky’s Eye of the Tiger or Saturday Night Fever’s Stayin’ Alive or Titanic’s My Heart Will Go On.
Maybe I’m overstaying the majesty of this song a little bit. Regardless of how unforgettable (or forgettable) the Hunger Games sequel will be, the movie has already done one good in my books. Sia has well and truly come into her good as a pop star (having spent some of her early years in the pop wilderness) and I’ll be damned if there is someone who deserves it more. Her voice has that rare property of sounding incredibly empowered yet exposed in the same breathe (Breathe Me) and that emotive property is again in full display on Elastic Heart. The Weeknd (another underrated talent) does brilliantlyat complementing Ms. Furler’s voice. Credit to Diplo for another genius product. The vocal sample at the opening a tip of the hat to his Afro-Caribbean reggae influences.
A final observation: I thought the Gatsby soundtrack was strong but Catching Fire’s soundtrack is just ridiculous insofar as it’s a who’s who of today’s trendsetters. Sia, The National, The Weeknd, Lorde, Ellie Goulding, Mikky Ekko and Phantogram? I mean, did they sneak a peak at my iTunes when they started approaching people? And then I realized that Alexandra Patsavas was the music supervisor and I blushed. My iTunes library is full because of people like her.