In addition to being an Oscar-winning actress and girl with whom we all want to be BFFs, Lawrence treats us to a hauntingly beautiful rendition of "The Hanging Tree" in the third installment of the Hunger Games films, Mockingjay — Part 1 that makes us fall in love with her all over again. Seriously, is her talent pool infinitely deep? Let us all just bask in the glow of her awesomeness.
The song "The Hanging Tree" was written by the indie-folk duo The Lumineers, best known for their hit "Ho Hey," and performed by legendary composer James Newton Howard, whose film scores and discography include Pretty Woman, The Dark Knight, Maleficent and so many other blockbusters I couldn't possibly list them all. With such a strong pedigree, we could have expected this to be a fantastic hit. And it certainly is.
If you're a Hunger Games fan, (books, movies, or both) you know "The Hanging Tree." The song Katniss sings to Pollux, a Capitol cameraman and Avox, after playing with the Mockingjays while filming a "propo" for District 13, brings both him and the audience to tears.
The film soundtrack was released Nov. 24, and now the ballad is sitting at No. 14 on the UK Singles Top 100 and No. 12 on Australia's ARIA Singles Top 50. Lawrence's performance is also delighting iTunes users, who can't stop raving about it.
Despite the actress stating on the Late Show with David Letterman, "I do not like singing in front of other people… It was awful," iTunes users are giving her performance five stars. Of the current 679 (and counting) reviews for the Mockingjay — Part 1 album, most seem to be about "The Hanging Tree" and how much it is loved. iTunes user Robert A. Morris says, "Who knew Jennifer Lawrence had such a great voice? So haunting and a great arrangement for the song!" and Jordan10196 says, "'Hanging Tree,' easily the best track on the album."
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