Fifty Shades of Grey | Original Motion Picture Soundtrack (Universal Studios/Republic)

50ShadesofGrey OST_75After assuming this album would be background music for a steamy night in with your partner, I was pleasantly surprised.

 

I write this review not yet having seen or read Fifty Shades of Grey, so I can be free of certain expectations. That being said, simply viewing the movie trailer induces some anticipation, and I will say that after assuming this album would be background music for a steamy night in with your partner, I was pleasantly surprised.

This album opens with Annie Lennox’s rendition of “I Put a Spell On You,” and it’s fantastic. With only a piano and drums heard behind her voice, this slow song is hauntingly beautiful and full of emotion.

While Fifty Shades of Grey is largely viewed and talked about as a sex story, the story is actually about a young girl being introduced to a world she never knew existed. This is wonderfully portrayed on the album in Laura Welsh’s “Undiscovered.”

Fifty Shades of Grey: The Original Motion Picture Soundtrack is a great collection of songs. It offers a myriad of choices from The Weeknd’s slow, sexy R&B “Earned It” to Ellie Golding’s upbeat, pop “Love Me Like You Do.” Beyoncé also contributes with remixes of “Crazy In Love” and “Haunted.”

I thoroughly enjoyed listening to the album all the way through. The collection fits together around the themes of first love—exploring the feelings of excitement of the budding romance—and fear of the unknown.

For skeptics of the film, listening to this album won’t make you feel like you’re watching the movie. The album stands on it’s own, and while there are a few tracks some may refer to as “sex songs,” that is not the overall feel of the album.

This album is definitely worth a listen and, in my opinion, a purchase. It’s a fabulous collection of songs for all the pop and R&B lovers out there. A | Samantha LaBat

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