Metascore
77

Generally favorable reviews - based on 8 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 7 out of 8
  2. Negative: 0 out of 8
Buy On
  1. Dec 4, 2014
    80
    [A] lovingly crafted, adventurous soundtrack that easily stands on its own merits.
  2. 80
    This is more than just a superior soundtrack album, and the 18-year-old prodigy can mark it off as another job expertly done. Her approach to alternative pop music is frighteningly adventurous.
  3. Nov 18, 2014
    80
    Thanks to [Lorde's] vision, and her grip on the series' most important thematic elements, the 50 minutes of music behind Mockingjay Part 1 ably function as both a glance at 2014's finest purveyors of complex, downcast pop and a complement to the start of the series' chaotic, brutal conclusion.
  4. Nov 18, 2014
    78
    Though not everything works on its own (the flat electropop of XO's "Animal" is one dud) Mockingjay adds up to a fun pastiche of modern sounds. In conclusion, three fingers out of five.
  5. Nov 18, 2014
    75
    Like the best of such collections, it connects enough dots to leave a listener sated and educated when it's over.
  6. Dec 18, 2014
    70
    What ties it all together is a brooding intensity that fits perfectly with The Hunger Games' dystopic mood.
  7. Dec 8, 2014
    70
    Standouts are plentiful, with Lorde herself contributing both the propulsive centerpiece "Yellow Flicker Beat" and a cover of Bright Eyes' "Ladder Song." "Yellow Flicker Beat" also gets the remix treatment from Kanye West, his more minimal reworking of the song credited as "Flicker."
  8. Mockingjay has a distinct ’80s feel, evident in its more-is-more approach.
User Score
8.0

Generally favorable reviews- based on 80 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 68 out of 80
  2. Negative: 8 out of 80
  1. Nov 25, 2014
    4
    A fall from the success of the 'Catching Fire' album, the poorly led Mockingjay Part 1's album is an overall uneven album which doesn'tA fall from the success of the 'Catching Fire' album, the poorly led Mockingjay Part 1's album is an overall uneven album which doesn't reflect the mood of the movie and instead switches genres often. Full Review »
  2. Jun 21, 2017
    10
    It's a tragedy they didn't include all these songs in the actual film as Lorde lay the conditions for an epic, surreal viewing experienceIt's a tragedy they didn't include all these songs in the actual film as Lorde lay the conditions for an epic, surreal viewing experience through the sonic beauty of this album. Full Review »
  3. Dec 5, 2014
    10
    Lorde kills it again. Just like Love Club EP and Pure Heroine, I put this in the machine and keep it on spin. Bravo.
    P.S. I like the "Animal"
    Lorde kills it again. Just like Love Club EP and Pure Heroine, I put this in the machine and keep it on spin. Bravo.
    P.S. I like the "Animal" pitchfork be damned
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