As a snapshot of this moment in pop music, the 12 songs on the soundtrack to "The Hunger Games: Catching Fire" are emotional, love-obsessed and heavy on strum and rhythm.
Like the first installment, the music represented on "Catching Fire" isn't necessarily in the movie. Rather, this collection is "inspired" by the film and delivers a loving imaginary soundtrack to a generation of PG-13ers living for Nov. 22 and looking for music to manifest their many confusions.
Picked by music supervisor Alexandra Patsavas, the second volume has a lot of good makeout songs and just as many calls for courage. In "Lean," the National's Matt Berninger seduces with the line "I can see a fever's on the rise/I can see the waters in your eyes." Santigold's "Shooting Arrows at the Sky" brims with singalong invention while referencing Katniss Everdeen's weapon of choice.
2 stars out of 4