Song of the Day #1,473: ‘Run Daddy Run’ – Pistol Annies

News of the soundtrack to The Hunger Games came out months before the movie was released, and the lineup suggested the album might be a greater artistic achievement than the film.

Produced by T Bone Burnett, who worked his magic a decade ago on the Grammy-winning O Brother Where Art Thou? soundtrack, the record features contributions from Taylor Swift, Miranda Lambert, Arcade Fire, The Decemberists, Glen Hansard, Neko Case, The Civil Wars and Maroon 5, among others.

Given that roster of talent, my hopes and expectations were sky high for this album. But one track after another flew by with none of the songs really hitting the mark (to use an analogy appropriate for the story’s Katniss Everdeen).

Glen Hansard, such an effective folk balladeer in Once, turns in a grating shout-fest; Arcade Fire’s atmospheric lullaby has none of the grandeur of their recent smash The Suburbs; Neko Case’s track is nice enough but would be a throwaway on any of her solo albums. And the songs by artists I don’t know are uniformly disappointing.

The two best contributions on the album are by a pair of country singer-songwriters. Taylor Swift’s lead-off single, ‘Safe & Sound,’ is a beautiful evocation of the film and a nice change of pace for her as a writer. And Miranda Lambert’s ‘Run Daddy Run,’ performed with her group Pistol Annies, explores the book’s relationship between Katniss and her father with a sound appropriate to the Appalachian setting (it would have fit in nicely on the O Brother soundtrack, too).

This album could well grow on me over time. Many of the songs are slow-burners that might require a few listens to sink in. But weighed against my high hopes, this has been the biggest disappointment of the year so far.

Daddy can you hear the devil drawing near
Like a bullet from a gun, run daddy run.

All the songs you used to sing to me
Would rock the birds to sleep
I need you now so please somehow
Put rockets on your feet

Daddy can you hear the devil drawing near
Like a bullet from a gun, run daddy run.

Saw the dark could coming from a million miles away.
Oh how I’ve dreaded this god forsaken day.

Daddy can you hear the devil drawing near
Like a bullet from a gun, run daddy run.

Mama’s been crying in the kitchen
Sister’s been afraid of the dark.
I’ve been gathering the pieces of all these shattered hearts.
And I don’t care where you go to
And I don’t care where you land
But just get out of there daddy as fast as you can

Oh, Oh, Oh

Daddy can you hear the devil drawing near
Like a bullet from a gun, run daddy run

Run Daddy run, run daddy run, run daddy run

2 thoughts on “Song of the Day #1,473: ‘Run Daddy Run’ – Pistol Annies

  1. Amy says:

    I haven’t heard it nearly enough to determine whether these are the only good songs on the album, but I certainly do enjoy them. I was particularly pleased to be introduced to The Civil Wars, the duo singing with Taylor on that song.

  2. Dana says:

    Based on Amy’s cooment, I guess we own this CD:) Guess I will have to check it out sometime.

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