There is no denying that the “Fifty Shades of Grey” book trilogy and movie have been all that has been talked about since the Feb. 13 movie debut. But the soundtrack is also making waves and topping the charts with a star-studded line up including The Weeknd, Ellie Goulding, Sia and Beyonce.
Republic Records released the “Fifty Shades of Grey (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)” Feb. 10. It has already received praise for being the biggest debut for a multi-act companion album soundtrack since 2005’s “Get Rich or Die Tryin’.” It sits in the No. 2 slot on the Billboard 200. It also arrived at No. 1 on the soundtrack album list.
Almost half of the tracks included on the album are ones many people have probably heard somewhere before, which to some may be a disappointment. The good news is that almost all of them are fresh new takes on classics, most by the same artists.
Anyone who watched the Grammy’s probably remembers Annie Lennox coming out on stage during Hozier’s performance of “Take Me To Church.” She also sang “Put A Spell on You” (originally sung by Jay Hawkins) on stage, and she sang it just as whole-heartily on this album as she did at the Grammy’s. “Put A Spell on You” also debuted on the Billboard Hot 100 at No. 97 this week.
The Weeknd really thrusted himself into the spotlight with “Earned It” and “Where You Belong” (tracks 3 and 13). “Earned It” earned a spot on the Billboard Hot 100, currently sitting at No. 12. It was released on Dec. 24, almost two months prior to the soundtrack’s release date His other song really found a place to belong on Billboard, debuting this week at No. 95.
Ellie Goulding also worked her way into the No. 6 spot on Billboard with “Love Me Like You Do.” Released Jan. 7, this is the kind of song that gets stuck in your head all day.
Sia managed to find the time in between promoting her album “1000 Forms of Fear” to provide a song called “Salted Wound.” It also had an early release date of Jan. 27 but didn’t do as well at climbing the charts as the other two songs. Still, it was a nice addition and proved itself to be one of the better songs on the soundtrack.
Fans of Queen B will be happy to know that she has two songs featured on the soundtrack. Both of these songs are older, but they sound so different that you barely even notice it. “Haunted” is track 6 and has been remixed by Micheal Diamond. “Crazy in Love” was remixed to be slowed way down in a version that you never would have thought would work, but Beyonce made it happen.Both are chilling and good additions to the soundtrack as a whole.
Two songs I wasn’t expecting at all to be on the album were “Beast of Burden” by The Rolling Stones and “Witchcraft” by Frank Sinatra. But they fit so well on the soundtrack, it was like they were made to be on it. They provide an upbeat sound and really romanticize the album.
Oscar-nominated composer Danny Elfman lent his contemporary hand into the soundtrack with “Ana and Christian” and “Did That Hurt?” Both are tracks to be considered for your candlelit dinner.
Of course you have to include a track from Skylar Grey on the “Fifty Shades of Grey” soundtrack. Not only is her last name included in the title, but the song also gives me chills and is a good track to end on.
Unfortunately, not all the songs are a smash hit. The tracks that will leave you feeling uninspired in the bedroom are “Undiscovered” by Laura Welsh and “Meet Me in the Middle” by Jessie Ware. Both women are fantastic singers, but these songs seem like the odd ones out compared with all the A-List talent.
All in all, this soundtrack was impressive in the talent it showcased. I could really see the love unfolding through the music even if you haven’t watched the movie or read the book. I would rate this soundtrack a 4.5/5. It is available in stores and on iTunes now for $11.99.