Whereas I felt something was missing from Christina Aguilera's contribution to the Hunger Games: Catching Fire soundtrack, Sia's effort- Elastic Heart- is pretty much flawless right off the bat.
Sporting an unusual melody built atop a quirky sample, the Diplo-produced track lets Sia's vocal versatility shine through as the Diva plays with texture and tone to create an interesting lead vocal and a layering of gorgeous supporting harmonies.
Elastic Heart also features a guest spot from The Weeknd- who I wouldn't have recognised lest I read it- who sounds to have stepped up his vocal to compete with Sia's energetic brilliance. I could probably have done without him on the track, but I suppose he adds a male perspective to the song's lyrics, as well as a fuller sound to the harmonies. His addition certainly doesn't detract from the enjoyability of the song..
Seriously, when is Sia going to stop messing about with the soundtracks and penning hits for other artists. Give us another full length LP already! I'm getting desperate here!! Oh, it's coming in March of 2014 you say..well that's ok then...carry on...nothing to see here...