Hunger Games: Songs from District 12 and Beyond

The Hunger Games: Songs from District 12 and Beyond

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One of the biggest signs that the team bringing Suzanne Collins' violent, riveting young adult book series The Hunger Games to the big screen was headed in the right direction was the choice of T-Bone Burnett as the soundtrack's producer. He did an award-winning job of bringing old-timey music to vibrant life for …  See more details below

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One of the biggest signs that the team bringing Suzanne Collins' violent, riveting young adult book series The Hunger Games to the big screen was headed in the right direction was the choice of T-Bone Burnett as the soundtrack's producer. He did an award-winning job of bringing old-timey music to vibrant life for the Coen Brothers' O Brother, Where Art Thou?, and here he helps make sure that the music captures the series' places and themes as vividly as possible. The Hunger Games' story takes place in a post-apocalyptic North America reorganized into 12 districts that serve a decadent, corrupt capital and must sacrifice two children each year to a nationally televised fight to the death. Moody heroine Katniss Everdeen hails from coal-mining District 12, and there's a strong Appalachian bent to steely laments like the Punch Brothers' "Dark Days," the Civil Wars' "Kingdom Come," and honeyed lullabies such as Secret Sisters' "Tomorrow Will Be Kinder" and Neko Case's "Nothing to Remember." Meanwhile, rock and rap embody the dread and terror of the games and the arrogance of the forces behind them. Arcade Fire open the soundtrack with the marvelously tense "Abraham's Daughter"; the Decemberists and Glen Hansard go in for the kill with "One Engine" and "Take the Heartland," respectively, and Kid Cudi channels the doom surrounding the games with "The Ruler and the Killer." Other songs reveal just how carefully Collins' text was treated in this part of bringing it to film: daughters and fathers (or the lack thereof) is a significant theme within the story, and Carolina Chocolate Drops' "Daughter's Lament" and "Run Daddy Run" by Miranda Lambert and the Pistol Annies reflect it ably. However, the song most crucial to the book is "Safe & Sound," a soothing but sad lullaby repeated at key moments in the story. Fortunately, it's done justice by Taylor Swift and the Civil Wars, who give a reassuring warmth to its potentially eerie lyrics. The Hunger Games: Songs from District 12 and Beyond would be an impressive collection even if it weren't associated with one of 2012's most anticipated films, but the care put into the soundtrack makes it an experience that much richer for fans of the books, the movie, and any of the artists here.

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Product Details

Release Date:
03/20/2012
Label:
Republic
UPC:
0602527907277
catalogNumber:
001638402
Rank:
24249

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Tracks

  1. Abraham's Daughter  -  Arcade Fire
  2. Tomorrow Will Be Kinder  -  Secret Sisters
  3. Nothing to Remember  - Neko Case
  4. Safe & Sound  -  Civil Wars
  5. The Ruler & the Killer  - Kid Cudi
  6. Dark Days  -  Punch Brothers
  7. One Engine  -  Decemberists
  8. Daughter's Lament  -  Carolina Chocolate Drops
  9. Kingdom Come  -  Civil Wars
  10. Take the Heartland  - Glen Hansard
  11. Come Away to the Water  - Rozzi Crane
  12. Run Daddy Run  -  Pistol Annies
  13. Rules  - Jayme Dee
  14. Eyes Open  - Taylor Swift
  15. Lover Is Childlike  -  Low Anthem
  16. Just a Game  -  Birdy

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Album Credits

Technical Credits

T Bone Burnett   Composer,Producer
Dave Sinko   Engineer
Greg Wells   Composer,Producer
Joy Williams   Composer
Mark Lawson   Engineer
Neko Case   Composer
Mike Piersante   Engineer
Tucker Martine   Engineer
Glen Hansard   Composer
Jason Wormer   Engineer
Colin Meloy   Composer
Arcade Fire   Composer,Producer,Engineer
Win Butler   Composer
Régine Chassagne   Composer
Miranda Lambert   Composer
Chad Carlson   Engineer
Ashley Monroe   Composer
Taylor Swift   Composer,Producer
John Paul White   Composer
Nathan Chapman   Producer,Engineer
Punch Brothers   Composer
Ben Knox Miller   Composer
Scott Mescudi   Composer,Producer
Ian Mcgregor   Engineer
Rhiannon Giddens   Composer
Angaleena Presley   Composer
Lydia Rogers   Composer
Laura Rogers   Composer
Megan Keely   Composer
Brandon Keely   Composer
Jasmine Van Den Bogaerde   Composer
Jocelyn Adams   Composer
Jeff Prystowski   Composer

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Hunger Games: Songs from District 12 and Beyond 3.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 29 reviews.
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mumpi More than 1 year ago
This CD includes music for everyone.Like rap,country, and rock.
Book-Maniac-333 More than 1 year ago
This is an amazing album! The songs are a little bit moody, but the vocals are absolutely amazing, especially in "Safe And Sound", "Kingdom Come", "Just A Game" and "Lover Is Childlike". "Abraham's Daughter" is a great beginning for this album and also a great ending song for the movie. "The Hunger Games: Songs From District 12 And Beyond" is totally and completely amazing, and I highly recommend it!
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