Various Artists — The Hunger Games: Songs From District 12

52 Albums: Week 11

The Hunger Games: Songs From District 12

The Hunger Games soundtrack is a pleasant surprise for fans of Indie-folk and Country music.

Say, have you checked out this sound track from The Hunger Games?  The lineup is bananas, featuring songs from The Arcade Fire, The Decemberists, Neko Case, The Low Anthem, Taylor Swift, The Civil Wars and others.  The artists are well chosen — District 12 is coal country and the songs are steeped in Americana.

Given the subject matter, it is inevitable that the album is somewhat over-burdened by mournful laments but more up tempo tracks from Kid Cudi, The Decemberists and Glen Hansard keep it from becoming too much of a slog.  As with any compilation of this sort, there are a couple of duds, (Maroon 5, I’m looking at you), but the majority of the tracks range from good to great.  Particularly strong are the contributions from Neko Case, Taylor Swift and The Carolina Chocolate Drops.  Here’s Taylor Swift, collaborating with The Civil Wars:

If you are a fan of the featured artists, or Americana, or The Hunger Games (“The Daughter’s Lament” should be bundled with future editions of the book), this soundtrack is highly recommended. I give it four stars out of five.

Listen to The Hunger Games: Songs From District 12 on Spotify.

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