"Lean" - The National (Hunger Games Soundtrack) [SoundCloud Audio Stream]

Brad Bershad

by Brad Bershad

Published November 6, 2013

The National have contributed the song "Lean" to the soundtrack for The Hunger Games: Catching Fire. You can listen to the song above as a SoundCloud stream, and get a link to the paid download by clicking "Download" in the player.

The song is a subdued rocker, falling right in line with what you'd expect from a song by The National in 2013. Fans of their album Trouble Will Find Me should like this. The recording is super clean, and the vocals are very emotional. Acoustic guitar, piano, bass, and drums set the tone for the track which is pushed farther by what sounds like electric slide guitar, strings, and really soft backing vocals. There's a haunting quality that builds as Matt Berninger sings "Dying is easy / I believe my love, my love relieves me." Toward the end of the song, there's some really interesting harmonic stuff going on as the instruments play off one another.

You can pre-order The Hunger Games Catching Fire Soundtrack at

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Source: Republic Records SoundCloud


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