ALBUM REVIEW: Fifty Shades Darker Soundtrack

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While the movie adaption of Fifty Shades Of Grey was flawed with cringe worthy dialogue and questionable plot lines the one thing you couldn’t disagree with was how brilliant the soundtrack was. It complimented the storyline well while taking you on an emotional rollercoaster of love, loss and lust. For the sequel it was no surprise that the movie was worse in it’s portrayal but I was disappointed in the delivery of the soundtrack. While it has it’s moments of pure sex and emotion the Fifty Shades Darker Soundtrack lacks in consistency and felt a bit all over the place with a collection of dark pop, forgetful jazz and lacklustre ballads. It was always going to be hard to compete with the success of Ellie Goulding’s “Love Me Like You Do” but they got lucky with Zayn and Taylor Swift’s epic collaboration “I Don’t Wanna Live Forever” which not only is being played on heavy rotation but also sets the mood perfectly for the movie. It’s dark and confusing and at first you’re unsure if you liked it or really hated it and that’s exactly how I also felt about the movie. But Zayn’s epic falsetto will send goosebumps down your spine while Taylor jumps in and harmonises to give a good contrast. Halsey follows this track up with the fiery “Not Afraid Anymore” which plays with dark production and implements a EDM twist. It has a massive chorus that I’m sure will get stuck in your head almost immediately. But it is Tove Lo that provides my favourite track on this soundtrack with the infectious “Lies In The Dark” which explodes with pulsating synths and relatable lyrics. Nick Jonas and Nicki Minaj collaborate for the sexy “Bom Bidi Bom” which complements one of the films sexiest sex scenes and will have you all hot and flustered. But from then on it’s down hill. JRY, Kygo, The Dream and Toulouse fail to get any where close to recreating the magic of the earlier dark pop/edm inspired tracks while John Legend and Sia give snooze worthy ballads. Both of those artists should be providing the most memorable tracks on the soundtrack but instead they are lacklustre and uninspiring in their production efforts. Sia’s “Helium” has a very similar melody to “Flashlight” from Pitch Perfect 2 (which she also wrote) in the verses and I’m really unsure if that is a coincidence. “Corrine Bailey Rae” is resurrected from irrelevance for a beautiful rendition of Coldplay’s The Scientist which is sadly forgotten as it’s placed towards the end of the soundtrack and by then you have probably already stopped listening. There is a lot of jazz inspired tracks which feel out of place with the dark undertones from the start of the album and doesn’t ooze the sex or love elements they should. It’s just a very strange selection of tracks that feels rushed and confused when trying to decide how to represent this film. But I guess that is a perfect representation of what the movie is actually like. So pick and choose your listening choices from this soundtrack because it really isn’t worth an hour of your time to hear the whole thing.

 

 

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