ALBUM REVIEW: Fifty Shades Of Grey Soundtrack
Fifty Shades Of Grey was one of the most anticipated films of 2015 and for good reason. The controversial plot and steamy sex scenes got the world talking along with a well collated soundtrack which has already topped the charts globally. Opening strong with Annie Lennox’s cover of Jay Hawkins classic “I Put A Spell On You” she offers a powerful vocal delivery that sets the perfect tone for the movie and soundtrack. The production is flawless and has been well perfected while still offering a raw vocal performance that stands out. Newcomer Laura Welsh gets discovered with the intriguing pop ballad “Undiscovered” that foreshadows a promising future for the UK songstress. The Weeknd offers two songs on this soundtrack with orchestral “Earned It” showcasing his falsetto while “Where You Belong” offering dirty RNB beats. Known for his immaculate production, he brings that to both of these tracks giving two different vibes and owning them both. Jessie Ware bores with the forgettable “Meet Me In The Middle” where only the soothing harmonies stand out. AWOLNATION follow that trend with the uninteresting “I’m On Fire”. It’s Ellie Goulding’s “Love Me Like You Do” that has rightfully became one of the biggest songs of right now and the emotionally charged pop track fits perfectly in this soundtrack. The way the song is pure honest and gradually grows to the final big chorus with that distinctive high note. Remixes of Beyoncé’s tracks “Haunted” and “Crazy In Love” have been selected to feature in this sound track and these unique remixes give me life. “Crazy In Love” (2014 Remix) is sexually charged and leaves you lingering off her tantalizing vocal delivery and you will honestly never think of the song the same ever again. “Haunted” (Michael Diamond Remix) is beat focused and gives the unique track a moodier adaption. Sia is used to being the clear standout on any compilation she’s featured on but her average offering “Salted Wound” falls flat to impress. Her unusual vocal delivery is at times hard to understand and translate which loses the magic of the raw vibe she was trying to create. Classic tracks “Witchcraft” from Frank Sinatra and “Beast Of Burden from The Rolling Stones have been included and fit perfectly with the new material supplied. Skylar Grey gives listeners a ballad which is beautiful and grows on you but compared to the other tracks on this album it lacks the substance that would make it unforgettable. My favourite from this soundtrack comes from newcomers Vaults. “One Last Night” is a soulful pop track that soars with synths and slick vocals. This is a band that you need to keep an eye on as 2015 will be a big year for them.
Overall The Fifty Shades Of Grey Soundtrack offers a collection of well produced alternative pop songs that pull on the heart strings and tempt the sexier side of your personality.