Divergent: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack

Divergent, Hollywood's next big Hunger Games, is based on a bestselling trilogy of teen novels set in a dystopian future. The movie's soundtrack offers an image of the dystopian present, wanly blurring EDM, alt-rock and hip-hop into post-Yeezus multiplex schlock. The best songs pair an on-fire Kendrick Lamar with psychedelic tricksters Tame Impala and A$AP Rocky with droning French techno guy Gesaffelstein. Elsewhere, arty British electro-pop singer Ellie Goulding gets three tracks – including "Beating Heart," a gray-day ballad written for the film in which she sings darkly from "the departure lounge of disbelief." Don't follow her there. It's superboring.

From The Archives Issue 1205: March 27, 2014