Soundbite: Hunger Games Soundtrack
“The Hunger Games: Songs from District 12 and Beyond”
Universal Republic Records
If you saw “The Hunger Games” at midnight, but can’t afford to drop another $20 to see it again or wait to buy it on DVD, the soundtrack, “Songs from District 12 and Beyond,” is an excellent way to keep the arena and citizens of Panem alive in your mind.
The songs weren’t featured in the film, but are relatable to scenes from District 12 and beyond.
Some are slightly more obvious than others (such as The Carolina Chocolate Drops’ “Daughter’s Lament:” “Saying you had a father in the mines/ But spoke up, spoke a mockingjay/ And she held her sister close to her side,” but all are emotive, which is the best way to describe the songs without spoilers.
The album is mostly indie-folk based, with a few pop, rock and hip-hop tributes thrown in for good measure. Oddly enough, one of the most rock-oriented tracks is by Taylor Swift, “Eyes Open.”
Best listened to while wearing a mockingjay pin and sobbing uncontrollably in your room.