Title: “Silhouettes”
Artist: Of Monsters And Men
Written by: Ragnar Þórhallsson, Nanna Bryndís Hilmarsdóttir, Arnar Rósenkranz Hilmarsson, Kristján Páll Kristjánsson, and Brynjar Leifsson
Source: “The Hunger Games: Catching Fire” Soundtrack (2013)

The hope of a people weighs on Jennifer Lawrence’s Katniss as she lays, hearing solemn news about her District. A devastating look turns to a focused and vengeful one, and we bring in “Silhouettes,” a calming and somber cue with a driving force and a familiar voice in Of Monsters and Men. To capture the essence of a film like “The Hunger Games: Catching Fire” into one song, such as this, is a triumph. It’s a win for the musicians who absorb the film and produce an embodiment of the tone and story. It’s also a win for the studio, which had faith enough in this band to carry its film long after the credits had rolled. And it’s a win for the fans, who appreciate popular music and its inclusion in pop culture, such as this record-breaking franchise.

“Silhouettes” is only one fantastic song amongst an entire soundtrack of familiar names and driving ballads, including that of Imagine Dragons, The Lumineers, Coldplay, Lorde, and Ellie Goulding. The music in the credits was perfect to both reflect on what we just witnessed and imagine what revolution is about to come in the world of Panem and The Hunger Games. “Silhouettes” is not just another song on the soundtrack but an anthem for the film. When I hear this song, I will think of the film and my feelings at the time—and doing this with a band that I already adore drives home the emotions more intensely. Few directors and studios understand the importance of a pop artist soundtrack, but those who do are rewarded with a much deeper following in their fans, thus helping to produce a film that earns $253,206,000 in its first week.

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