Music review: Sia feat. The Weeknd and Diplo "Elastic Heart"

Oct 2, 2013 at 9:27 a.m. ET

This dangerously hot song for the second installment of The Hunger Games hit series needs to come with a health warning. Why? Because it's confusing in a mystifying way, and is an incredible listen you can't do without.


There comes a song once in a while that sweeps you up in a stormlike rage, and you're consumed so much by it, that you can't help but keep it permanently on replay.

What was that song for you? "Apologize" by One Republic did that for me, and so did Zedd's "Clarity." I think Sia's (which features The Weeknd and Diplo) "Elastic Heart" will be the equivalent for many.

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Maybe I'm just hungry, but this song is exactly what my ears were hungering for. It's like a seven-layer dip, featuring a delicious concoction of odd chanting (almost reminiscent of a Timbaland track), an unlikely combination of sound effects and instruments, and her ever-so-eerie voice permeating the lyrics.

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Ironically, the lines, "I've got thick skin and an elastic heart" are the most repeated and haunting, and by the time the song nears its end, you've realized it's an empowering track with a possible poetic conclusion.

What could that be?

To me, the mysteriously cluttered instrumental but clear and majestic vocals from Sia symbolize rising from a disaster to become stronger than ever. It may be a stretch, but this song just is too good to be true.

A true power ballad, this track shows a lot of promise for the much-hyped movie and soundtrack. The soundtrack features heavyweights such as Christina Aguilera, Coldplay and Lorde. What are you more excited for readers? The stacked set list for the soundtrack or the premiere of The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, the second movie in this hit franchise?

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Promoters are setting the bar high with this track. I can't wait to see how/if it's used during the actual movie! I can just imagine Katniss now running through a crowd doing karate chops while on fire. OK, clearly I haven't read the books. That being said, I can vouch that this song is intense and is not to be missed!

Are you curious enough yet to hit play? Let me know what you think!

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