Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Hunger Games Movie Suite

Hunger Games The Movie Suite
Music by James Newton-Howard

In this 2012 blockbuster, we are treated to a different kind of sound from Mr. Newton-Howard than we may be accustomed to. Many small cues, multi-faceted in permutations, rarely echo the main theme as they meander along while the synthesizer takes the lead here with a distant orchestral accompaniment. Solo instruments such as banjo, flute, guitar or violin also figure in the forefront, more often to introduce a feeling before joined by the other instruments. This suite is filled with a melancholy longing that takes the listener away before delivering a fitting conclusion. With a timing of 22:05, this is what soundtracks are aspiring to (good or bad) and still worth a listen. As always, I hope you enjoy.  -MJ



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