The musical stylings of The Hunger Games: Catching Fire are almost upon us! Well, one song, at least!
On August 26, the first song on the soundtrack will be released: “Atlas” by Coldplay.
Our first thought was “Hmmm… Coldplay.” That’s usually how we think of the band. We find their songs agreeable, don’t change their station when they come on, and we might even sing along a bit. We don’t know of they’re quite the musical revolutionaries that they’re sometimes heralded to be, but they’ve got a unique take on pop.
The lyrics for the song were tweeted out the lyrics to the song shortly after the announcement. Lyrics in mind, “Atlas” is referring to the disgraced Titan from Greek mythology who carries the weight of the world on his shoulders, used in comparison to the emotional weight Katniss carries after realizing that she’s become a symbol of the rebellion. The lyrics are pretty simple, but poignant. We’re seeing it as a supporting character offering Katniss not only a political but emotional alliance.
What does this say for the soundtrack? T. Bone Burnett created Songs From District 12 for the first film with a very Appalachian feel that thrilled fansites. But Toto, we are NOT in District 12 anymore! Alexandra Patsavas seems to go for more of an electric, overall feel for her movie soundtracks other than a specific theme. We may scratch the surface of District 12, but if we’re starting off with a band that has a sound that can’t quite be pinned down, we imagine this soundtrack will take us allllll around Panem!
“Safe and Sound”, the first single off The Hunger Games soundtrack, was the first time in a while that we weren’t disappointed in Taylor Swift (and we’ve pretty much been ever since), so we’re curious to see how “Atlas” compares.
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