Joe GransingerSaturday,9 November 2013

The Snap:

The Hunger Games: Catching Fire is set to be one of the biggest theatrical releases of the year, and the film’s soundtrack isn’t anything to scoff at, either.  The National have just released their single ‘Lean’, which will join the likes of Coldplay, The Weeknd, Imagine Dragons, and the Lumineers on the blockbuster’s indie-focused collection.

The Hunger Games: Catching Fire will be in theaters on November 22, 2013.

The Download:

The National’s contribution to The Hunger Games soundtrack was originally titled ‘Dying is Easy’, but it was deemed ‘too dark’ for the film. How it’s possible to have anything considered ‘too dark’ for a movie that is entirely about children killing each other for the purpose of entertainment is beyond me.

Regardless, we now have Lean, which is still one hell of a dark song and will fit into the movie with ease. The track uses the phrase ‘dying is easy’ as a very key — and often repeated — line in the lyrics, as it slowly trudges on with the incredibly depressing sound that’s been perfected by the band over the last fifteen years. The track is largely focused on fear, love, and death – much like the movie it was written for – and is actually one of the better songs I’ve heard from The National in a while.

It would be amazing to have Lean on an offical EP/LP, but unfortunately, it’s going to be squeezed onto the soundtrack right before a Christina Aguilera song. Bummer.

I may be ten years older than your typical Hunger Games fan – and possibly the wrong gender – but I powered through all three books like an addicted fourteen year-old girl, and absolutely loved them. I’m definitely excited for Catching Fire, and it’ll be interesting to see where this song – and many others on the soundtrack – will be placed into the movie.

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