"Safe and Sound"

Taylor Swift, alt-country hipster? Hearing is believing, and on this first cut from The Hunger Games soundtrack, Swift sounds the part, cooing a lover's lullaby over stark folk-twang accompaniment (courtesy of T-Bone Burnett), with harmony vocals from indie sweethearts The Civil Wars. Whether this is a one-off novelty, a trial balloon cred-move, or the stirrings of a "grown-up" style remains to be seen. In any case, it's Swift's prettiest ballad.

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