"The Hunger Games: Songs From District 12 and Beyond" Album Review 5 out of 5 stars
Tue, 20 Mar 2012 09:27:09
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At the beginning of their contribution to The Hunger Games: Songs from District 12 and Beyond, "Run Daddy Run," Miranda Lambert and The Pistol Annies ask, "Daddy can you hear the devil drawing near?"
It's a rather foreboding and ominous question from country's foremost femme fatales. However, they wonderfully weave dread into folk-y country, and it's perfectly a propos for The Hunger Games. In fact, the whole mythos of the series relies upon a delicate balance between extremes. At the end of the day, it's a marvelous fairy tale about murder, and that motif remains preserved masterfully throughout the T-Bone Burnett-produced collection.
Taylor Swift opens up like never before alongside The Civil Wars on "Safe & Sound", a lush lullaby about "the sun going down" in a world where "everything's on fire". Swift sounds angelically pensive, and it's no surprise the track has become a hit. Later on, she pushes even further down the rabbit hole on the gloriously gorgeous rocker "Eyes Open".
"Abraham's Daughter" from Arcade Fire provides an element of pomp and circumstance worthy of the fanfare surrounding the film, while "Come Away to the Water" is Maroon 5 at their most intimate and roots-y. The Secret Sisters' "Tomorrow Will Be Kinder" is the kind of gem that you'll uncover something new with each listen, and the same holds true for the rest of the album.
At the center of the record, Kid Cudi's "The Ruler and the Killer" bristles with unbridled energy fueled by trembling beats and the artist's willingness to push the envelope once more with a guitar crunch and creepy lyrics. It's fitting for the calculated action, and it's a hell of a ride.
Bringing together a myriad of important artists and encouraging them to go deep, this isn't only the perfect soundtrack to The Hunger Games, it's the perfect soundtrack period.
Are you excited for the soundtrack?
See our in-depth review of Kid Cudi's "The Ruler and the Killer" here!