ALBUM REVIEW                            :        FIFTY SHADES OF GREY (SOUNDTRACK)

ARTIST                                      :        VARIOUS ARTIST

GENRE                                       :        POP

DATE RELEASED                          :        2015


If you are expecting soundtrack that vividly replicates what you hear and see in the movie then you will be utterly disappointed.  This is not a soundtrack for you if you are looking for songs that are similar to what Madonna did with her Erotica album or even Janet Jackson’s “The Velvet Rope.” What you will hear in this original music soundtrack are songs that complements scene after scene in the movie.  If you have read the book and haven’t seen the movie yet, you very well know why these songs in this soundtrack are all in there.

For example, Annie Lennox’s version of “I Put A Spell On You” speaks of the blind obedience Christian had over Anna.  Beyone’s “Crazy In Love” while maybe an old song, still fits in this record as there is that nagging question about the relationship between the two lead characters in the movie.  Was it love? Perversion? Or Control?  The song “Earned It” is probably an indication of what should be ask logically about the relationship.  Does Christian really deservedly earned Ana’s feelings ? Or Ana deserved the physical abuse she experienced from Christian because she really wanted it in the first place subconsciously? Meet me in the middle is another irony presented in the soundtrack as readers of the book knew that there was no compromised reached in the first place.  Yes, there was supposed to be an agreement but not without asking if Christian really meant it well then.

In “Haunted,” it was supposed to make you imagine of the SM scenes in the movie, however, the song did not interestingly captured the supposed intention. Probably, it sounds like a song from a horror movie instead of from supposedly sexy movie.  “Salted Wound” is a good song and from the lyrics alone, you can feel the wound Ana experienced from the extreme sexual acts Christian did on her.

Overall, this is an excellent soundtrack but definitely will not rank along with classic soundtrack such as “Saturday Night Fever,” Titanic,” and “The Bodyguard.” Probably because, there is coherence that you can detect except of course on the idea that the songs were supposed to help ignite the senses of the listeners imagining the scenes that they saw in the movie.  Musically, it is just the usual stuff.  I rate this record 3.5 stars out of 5 stars.

Ratings Description:

1 star = Ignore it

2 stars= risk it

3 stars = borrow or buy it

4 stars = buy it and keep it

5 = buy, keep, and treasure it


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