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Listen to Coldplay's 'Atlas' from 'Hunger Games: Catching Fire'

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by Cain Rodriguez
September 9, 2013 10:46 AM
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Just because we’re knee-deep in festival season doesn’t mean the rest of the year is devoid of blockbusters. The highly-anticipated sequel “The Hunger Games: Catching Fire” is a little more than two months away and the first single from the film’s soundtrack has arrived online (via Rope of Silicon) for your viewing pleasure.

The first film’s soundtrack was notable for having legendary producer T-Bone Burnett at the helm with contributions from heavy hitters like Arcade Fire and Taylor Swift. While details for the second film’s soundtrack have been scarce—a release date for the album hasn’t even been set yet—Coldplay has dropped their sonic contribution to the film, a slow ballad of a song called “Atlas.”

As for the song itself, it's classic Coldplay—twinkly piano, breathy vocals by Chris Martin, and a chorus-type thing with Martin singing, inspirationally, "Carry a wooooooooorld." They seem to have taken a step back from their neon-lit, more heavily textured Mylo Xyloto stuff and back to the swoony things that high schoolers make out to at prom. Which is fine. It just doesn't scream "little kids locked in barbaric gladiatorial combat" to us.

“The Hunger Games: Catching Fire” hits theaters on November 22nd. Watch the lyric video below.

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  • inaccurate | January 16, 2014 11:12 PMReply

    You're right, this song doesn't scream "little kids locked in barbaric gladiatorial combat", and for good reason. Atlas plays at the end of Catching Fire, immediately after a disoriented Katniss learns that Peeta has been captured by the Capitol. The chorus "Carry YOUR world" refers to his ability to quietly, but movingly and more importantly, vitally sustain Katniss, though she is physically the "protector". It is at the end of the second movie that Katniss, and the audience together draw breath of understanding his crucial role and the impact of his loss on her.

  • Markunator | September 9, 2013 10:53 AMReply

    They're not kids this time around (except for Katniss and Peeta).

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