Say what you want about the movie, but the soundtrack is pretty fantastic. The Fifty Shades Of Grey soundtrack mixes new and old material for an exciting and cohesive album. You heard the damn good new version of “Crazy In Love” by Beyonce in the trailer that slows the song down with Queen Bey going more breathy than fiery.
The best track on the album is The Weeknd’s “Earned It”. It’s sexy, mysterious, but has punch to it. He also contributes the solid “Where You Belong”. While I loved his voice and his style, I’ve been underwhelmed by The Weeknd‘s music. Well, if that killer duet with Ariana Grande, “Love Me Harder”, and with these two tracks, The Weeknd is now living up to his potential.
Ellie Goulding also delivers one of the best songs of her career with “Love Me Like You Do”. It’s one of the few tracks that unabashedly romantic. It’s a great pop ballad. Annie Lennox does an arresting version of “I Put A Spell On You”, AWOLNATION do a beautiful version of Bruce Springsteen‘s “I’m On Fire, and remastered versions of The Rolling Stones‘ “Beast Of Burden” and Frank Sinatra‘s “Witchcraft” sound great.
It’s not all hits though. Sia surprisingly misfires with “Salted Wounds”, an acoustic track with breathy vocals that bores. Jessie Ware‘s “Meet Me In The Middle” is alright, but it sounds so much like “Earned It” that you’ll just want to hear that track again instead.
So even if you don’t want to see the movie adaptation, check out the solid soundtrack.