Friday Album: James Newton Howard – “The Hunger Games” OST

The Hunger Games is…sort of the weird kid, whether in book or movie form. It should naturally follow that the tone, direction, and scheme of its soundtrack are a bit uncommon. Vibey dulcimers and glimpses of ferocious, tribal percussion square off against unapologetically keening (yet perfectly civilized) strings, warm but bitter violin solos, and the occasional unrelenting blast from the brass section. While it’s a little taciturn where total length is concerned, there are some brilliant moments for broody contemplation (and therefore writing).