BY DREW LACOUTURE
From the hit motion picture that will be on many critic’s list for worst films of 2015 comes “Fifty Shades of Grey” incredibly popular soundtrack that is not only enticing, but enjoyable as well, managing to stand on its own as a compilation of sensual, star-studded jams.
Just a fair warning, this review is being conducted by a person who has not seen the film and has little knowledge of the “Fifty Shades” series. This review is solely based of the music and not its incorporation into the movie.
Overall, the production on these songs are pretty solid. There is a large emphasis of strings and piano on a majority of these songs and whether they are in the back ground or are the focus of the instrumentation, they sound fantastic.
With that said, the percussion on several of these tracks are a bit stale and could have used a real drummer on a kit that a few of the other songs seemingly possess.
It goes without saying that Republic Records was influenced from other franchises like “Twilight” and “The Hunger Games”, by utilizing big names and heavy promotion.
The first two tracks that need to be addressed are the ones that helped bring the soundtrack to the top of charts (besides the hype of the film). The Weekend gives us one of the sexiest songs of past five years with “Earned It” and Ellie Goulding’s “Love Me like You Do” is a great pop song despite the chorus being a bit repetitive.
Other big names bring their style to the table and for the most part, they do a decent job. AWOLNATION’s cover of “I’m On Fire” and Sia’s “Salted Wound” are both very grabbing tracks despite being acoustic.
Soundtrack veteran Skyler Grey returns with another great track, “I Know You,” and is accompanied by some gorgeous melodies in the instrumentation.
It was relieving that lesser known artists also had their time to shine.
The blues inspired “Meet Me in the Middle” is an immediate highlight despite a couple production gripes.
Vault’s “One Last Night” has some great drive to it and displays the soundtrack’s ear for good strings.
“Undiscovered” by Laura Welsh is a decent track and has a lot of cool sonic details if one listens closely.
Beyonce has two remixes and to put it simply, the “Crazy in Love” remix is decent. However, it only makes the listener want to listen to the original as well because it is more nostalgic than anything else. The “Haunted” remix is very interesting and flows pretty well despite being a five minute song.
Classic tunes like Rolling Stone’s “Beast of Burden” and Frank Sinatra’s “Witchcraft” also make it on to the album, and while they are awesome, they are out of place with the rest of the tracks being so mellow and modern.
The final two tracks are orchestral pieces from Danny Elfman and even though they are not mind-blowing, they tempt the listener to watch the film to see how they are integrated within, which is never a bad thing.
The “Fifty Shades of Grey” soundtrack is a satisfying collection of love songs to the objective ears of a person who loves music. It plays to a lot of the same notes as other novel-turned-movie soundtracks, but it does this style very well.
It is unclear if the soundtrack to the next instalment will be as huge and captivating as what we have here. Let’s sure hope so.
The Flyer gives the “Fifty Shades of Grey” soundtrack a 8/10.