March 27, 2012

obsessed: The Hunger Games—Songs From District 12 and Beyond

I know, I know, Hunger Games two days in a row? I can't help it, you guys. I just can't.

Now, I'm a big fan of soundtracks. Colt and I had a conversation the other day where he said that he didn't really get the appeal of soundtracks. It's a valid point, particularly when soundtracks have seemingly little to do with a movie—in the case of The Hunger Games, the only songs in the movie other than the score are played while the credits roll. (Or, you know, "Rue's Lullaby.")

The reason I like soundtracks so much is that, when done well, a soundtrack can bring you "into" the movie, into the world portrayed onscreen. When the right songs are put together, you get a feel for the bigger picture and you're reminded, through music, of the people and events in the film.

The Hunger Games soundtrack is no exception.

It features some really great music, particularly if you're in to folky rock. I started listening to it last week and haven't been able to stop—definitely obsessed. 

On a whole, the album feels like the District 12 in my head, if that makes any sense. I've lately been getting into The Civil Wars' music, and am happy that they have two songs on the album. Here's the one they do with Taylor Swift, "Safe and Sound":

My only real criticism is that there's one song on the album that I love, but I feel like it needed to be sung by a stronger singer. No offense to Taylor Swift, but this song would have been amazing had it been sung by the likes of Hayley Williams from Paramore.

"Eyes Open"


  1. I'm with Colt. I'm not big on soundtracks or compilations of any kind. Emily likes them, but I don't like the variety. I don't even like singles. When I listen to music I prefer to listen to full albums. Just personal preference I guess.

    I did like the Civil Wars' song during the credits though. I might have to check out some of their sans Taylor Swift releases.

    1. See, and I really like compilations. I guess to each their own, right?

      I definitely think you'd like The Civil Wars if you liked that song. Taylor kind of detracts from their skills, honestly.

  2. I just got this album today! It's great!

  3. I have no interest in The Hunger Games, but I LOVE Safe & Sound. It's so beautiful.
    I previewed the songs on iTunes, perhaps I should have another listen and get it. :)

    1. They're all similar in feel to that one, for the most part, so definitely check it out. If you've got Spotify, you can listen to the whole thing on there before you make the leap. :)