Count on Arcade Fire to throw a funeral at the multiplex. Their haunting, cathedral-huge battle hymn for Hunger Games updates a Civil War-era song about volunteers giving their lives for the Union, adding a ghost-children chorale led by Régine Chassagne, a martial pulse and lyrics about “angels crying for the slaughter.” It’s some of the starkest, and creepiest, music the band has ever made – chamber rock strewn with black bunting and dipped in goth war paint.
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