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Soundtrack Details for ‘The Hunger Games’ Most Interesting Thing About Film; Listen to Taylor Swift’s Contribution

Written by on December 26, 2011 

I thought the brief participation of Steven Soderbergh would — other than great reviews I’m not holding my breath for — be the only thing to get my eyes planted on a screen playing The Hunger Games. And, actually, that’s still kind of true — but something interesting has, nevertheless, cropped up in the adaptation’s circle.

As Deadline reports, the “companion album” for Gary Ross‘ film will have the work of some talented musicians peppered throughout. The most significant of these is Win Butler and Régine Chassagne of Arcade Fire (one of my favorite bands in the whole wide world); otherwise, we also have The Decemberists, Taylor Swift, and The Civil Wars.

Reports originally indicated that all of Arcade Fire would be contributing a song to the soundtrack, but I guess their two leading members were the only contributors; they wrote the tune with Oscar winner T Bone Burnett. (The both of them also worked on the soundtrack to Richard Kelly‘s The Box, for whatever that little piece of information’s worth.) The Tumblr page ArcadeFireTube provided some context for the title of their song, “Horn of Plenty”:

“‘Horn of Plenty’ may be a reference from the novel to the Cornucopia — a giant, golden horn shaped like a cone with a curved tail that’s filled with weapons, clothing, fire starters, water, food, and medicine used by the competitors in The Hunger Games.”

I’ll take their word for it.

The Decemberists‘ track is titled “One Engine,” whatever meaning that may hold. (Seriously, I know nothing about these books.) Swift‘s piece, performed with Burnett and The Civil Wars, is named “Safe and Sound,” and has been posted online. I’m no music critic — we do have a very good sister site for that, however — but I’ll throw in my two cents and say that the song isn’t half-bad. Not my kind of thing, no, but modern music has many worse, far colder things to offer. (Have you heard this thing called “dubstep”? Hideous.)

Listen below:

The Hunger Games will hit theaters March 23rd, and stars Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson, Liam Hemsworth, Elizabeth Banks, Woody Harrelson, and Stanley Tucci.

Do the artists on this soundtrack generate any anticipation on your part?

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