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Please DO NOT chase trains whilst listening ....................
on 28 September 2014
Movie soundtracks can be a mixed bag, often they are mismatched songs with little in common other than the movie title they stand under. This collection however works well not only as a backdrop to the movie itself but also as a stand alone album in its own right.
Initially I picked it up because of Ellie Goulding, who's voice runs like a golden shimmer through the soundscape of the movie. A couple of the songs have been lifted straight off her Halcyon Days album, namely 'Dead in the Water' and 'My Blood', with a remix of 'Hanging On' which has a far more pounding/dance tempo added which does hook you in very effectively. The other song provided by Ellie is 'Beating Heart' which I have to profess to be my favourite. It is a typical offering from her, which hits the right notes of being a movie song, but without selling out.
Another notable contributor is Snow Patrol's with 'I Won't Let You Go', a moody love song powered by heavy drums and poignant lyrics. Firmly written to accompany the plot and emphasis the 'Four' and 'Tris' relationship, it also captures the character of 'Four', himself.
In fact the whole collection of songs almost act as a dialogue between the two protagonists. The lyrics capture the essence of the novel and the memorable choruses anchor the listener to the movie, so much so it almost plays out in your mind as you listen.
For me that's what makes a movie soundtrack effective, the ability to capture the visuals in audio form and this album does that perfectly, the unexpected added bonus is that is does stand as a great collection of songs in it's own right. Balancing ballads (some deep and pounding, others gentle and melodic) with techno/electronic/rock tracks, the songs move from the romantic element of the movie to the fast paced action that counterbalances it and back again with ease. Not once does the album feel contrived yet after each potentially heavy track the pace lightens enough to recover and then dives back into the intensity again. There is also the mix of female vocals with pounding base undertones, which are always a good combination. It captures the world of the Dauntless faction and their reckless abandon very effectively.
Of all the tracks I especially enjoyed 'Waiting Game' by banks and 'Fight for You' by Pia Mia. The first single from the album, 'Find You' by Zedd, was my least favourite though and feels like the weak track of the set. For me it's far too highly paced and disco toned to open the album with, but that's only my opinion.
On the whole I recommend the album to anyone hooked on the movie or the book, and if you are not sure then listen to the clips, they will convince you. But be warned, 'Run Boy Run' by Woodkid will have you pumped up enough to run after a train when it finishes, in fact the whole album with have you ready to do that. For health as safety reasons though may I suggest you put it on your MP3 player, and enjoy it whilst running around your block for a bit, wear black and an intense look for added authenticity.
Many thanks for reading!