ALBUM REVIEW: Love, Simon Soundtrack
2018 is a very exciting year for many reasons but one of them is seeing how far we have grown and evolved as a society. We’ve seen Australia finally join the majority of the world with equal marriage rights, we’ve seen “Call Me By Your Name” nominated for three Golden Globes and receive a 10 minute standing ovation at the New York Film Festival and we’ve seen an uprise of equality marches for Female rights. It’s an exciting (and scary) time to be alive and along with all of that we are seeing another blockbuster film being released about the struggles of coming to terms with sexuality. “Love, Simon” will give a unique and fresh take on a young adolescent and the people around him whilst coming out. To accompany this movie is a touching soundtrack curated by Bleachers lead singer Jack Antonoff. The soundtrack is dominated by Bleachers tracks including previously released “Rollercoaster”, and “Wild Heart” as well as original new songs “Alfies Song (Not So Typical Love Song)” which was co-written by Harry Styles and the reflective “Keeping A Secret”. He also teams up with Danish pop star MO for the bubblegum synth-pop break up track “Never Fall In Love”. The lyrical delivery is very bitter but super catchy and relatable that it brings a good contrast to the self discovery and love tracks. “Love Lies” by Khalid and Normani continues the synth heavy sound before Amy Shark’s “Sink In” and Troye Sivan’s “Strawberries & Cigarettes” offers a indie-pop delivery. Shark’s song is very impressive and sees her honing a massive and euphoric hook with a heartbreak sentiment that will have you feeling all the feels and is a departure from the monotonous sound she’s delivered recently. Whilst Troye Sivan’s song is a little forgettable at best and delivers a production introduction similar to Taylor Swift’s “Call It What You Want”. The soundtrack is then lengthened out with staple tracks from the likes of Whitney Houston, The Jackson 5 and The 1975. This is an all round killer soundtrack which delivers a very euphoric and reflective body of emotions. So get ready to sob your way through the movie and sing your way through the soundtrack.