The Hunger Games: Original Motion Picture Score Soundtrack
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The score is also fairly short, clocking in under 45 minutes. Most of the tracks are only around a minute long, which, given JNH's composing style, isn't really enough time for him to create the masterful building of melody that is one of his trademark sounds. Still, he manages to capture a feel for the film in the short minute-long tracks. But it can't help but leave the listener longing for the theme to continue and develop, as melodies in JNH's scores tend to do.
It doesn't ever evolve enough to capture a real theme for the "Hunger Games," though, if he continues to compose for the series, it's almost certain that he will reuse some of the melodies in this soundtrack and shape them into more complex themes later on. But for now, we are only given a taste of what those themes might grow into.Read more ›
The rest of the score is good music and it's well performed but upon listening through the album several times I've grown to realize that the tracks seem to blend together and are difficult to tie to their corresponding moments in the film. Additionally, I don't listen to one song and know immediately upon its conclusion which song to expect next. To my ear it all sounds very similar. No, it doesn't sound exactly the same, obviously there are instrumental changes and mood changes, and maybe it'll take some time for me to begin to really distinguish one track from another, but the general ethereal flavor blurs things together for me.
The album is very short and unlike other movie scores, with songs that are oftentimes up to 12 minutes long, not one track exceeds 5 minutes while most are less than 2 minutes. This is relatively passable since most of the songs tend to blend together, but there are times when the short tracks detract from the experience. In particular, the gap between tracks 6 and 7 really hurts the build up to the climactic beginning of track 7.
If I were you, instead of buying the whole album, I'd just buy tracks 6 and 7 and enable gapless playback. Six acts as a lead-in to 7 and they should have been combined into a single track.Read more ›
The score opens with a very simple, yet captivating theme with a simple arrangement. As you move through the tracks, you are taken on the same journey (even if abbreviated) as Katniss.
It is hard to pick favorites from this score because all the tracks are unique.
1. The Hunger Games has that haunting melody that you can never forget.
2. Katniss Afoot has renaissance/medieval feel to it but still fits the scene in the film, which I think is brilliant!
6. Preparing the Chariots, and 7. Horn of Plenty captures the whole tribute chariot ceremony sequence at the capitol, playing the anthem of Panem (composed by Arcade Fire, track orchestrated by JNH). The music is exciting and driving.
8. Penthouse/Training is another track that draws you into the film. The calm melody that plays during the first half is another beautiful piece, playing when Katniss sees the projection of the forest in her room. Then the track transitions into the training section, which totally switches the mood. I really like how there is this whole ethnic feel mixed into the instrumentation to some of these tracks.
9. Learning The Skills is another track that has a more modern/action-oriented feel to it.
10. Countdown is listed as not being in the film. It's interesting.Read more ›
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There were so many tracks they could have provided on this CD. It has many moving pieces yet they focused on the battle elements almost to exclusion of the more meaningful... Read morePublished 16 months ago by Karen E. Pickler
I was really excited to get this, thinking that it would be a soundtrack with a lot of variation in the songs--such as more powerful ones, quieter ones, and more "sad"... Read morePublished 17 months ago by Kayla
I bought the soundtrack for the sweeping strings music in Rue's Farewell and Tenuous Winners because I couldn't get that haunting melody out of my head. Read morePublished 18 months ago by E. Smith
I've always loved band/orchestra music. This was a must have for me. Money well spent!Published 19 months ago by Lindsi Harper