"The Hunger Games" Soundtrack—Featuring Carolina Chocolate Drops, Punch Brothers, The Low Anthem—Out Now
The film The Hunger Games is due out this week and with it a companion album, The Hunger Games: Songs from District 12 and Beyond, out today. The album, produced by T Bone Burnett, features songs inspired by the film by artists like Arcade Fire, Neko Case, Taylor Swift, The Decemberists, and three Nonesuch artists: Carolina Chocolate Drops, Punch Brothers, and The Low Anthem. "Burnett has managed to create a deftly meditative soundtrack to the movie adaption of the best-selling book," says The Huffington Post, "bringing together big names and indie darlings of all stripes."
The film adaptation of The Hunger Games, the best-selling young-adult novel by Suzanne Collins, is set to open in movie theaters across the globe this week. The opening of the film, starring Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson, and Liam Hemsworth, also brings with it the release of a companion album titled The Hunger Games: Songs from District 12 and Beyond, available today from Universal Republic. The album, produced by T Bone Burnett, features songs inspired by the film by a number of artists, including Arcade Fire, Neko Case, Taylor Swift, The Decemberists, and three Nonesuch artists: Carolina Chocolate Drops, Punch Brothers, and The Low Anthem. Carolina Chocolate Drops contribute the song "The Daughter's Lament," Punch Brothers' perform "Dark Days," and The Low Anthem offer "Lover Is Childlike."
"It was never going to be easy, living up to the expectations of the devoted fans of The Hunger Games," says The Huffington Post. "But Grammy-winning producer T Bone Burnett has managed to create a deftly meditative soundtrack to the movie adaption of the best-selling book, bringing together big names and indie darlings of all stripes on this guitar- and banjo-heavy release."
Interestingly, all three Nonesuch artists can also be heard on The Chieftains 50th anniversary album, Voices of Ages, which Burnett produced as well. Punch Brothers (with Dierks Bentley) and Carolina Chocolate Drops are also featured on Chimes of Freedom: The Songs of Bob Dylan, the new benefit album from Amnesty International celebrating that organization's 50th anniversary.
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Nonesuch releases The Natalie Merchant Collection—a deluxe ten-CD box set compiled by Merchant—on June 23, 2017. It's ten discs, including all eight of her solo studio albums from the past three decades; Butterfly, a new studio set featuring new songs and reinterpreted selections from her catalog, arranged for string quartet; and Rarities, a collection of rare and previously unreleased tracks. The package includes a 100-page lyric book and pictorial history of her solo career. Pre-orders include an instant download of the new recording of "Frozen Charlotte" from the Butterfly disc and an exclusive, limited-edition print autographed by Merchant.
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Bach Trios, an album of Bach works recorded by cellist Yo-Yo Ma, mandolinist Chris Thile, and bassist Edgar Meyer, is now available in a two-LP vinyl edition, following its recent release on CD and digitally. The Times (UK) calls it "irresistible." The Observer says the musicians are "in perfect harmony." Herald Scotland exclaims: "A new classic ...Truly, virtuosity is its own reward." The trio begins a nine-city US tour at Boston's Symphony Hall tonight.