The sexy accessary to the hugely successful “Fifty Shades of Grey” movie
By Caitlin LeRoux
With the release of the highly anticipated erotic drama, “Fifty Shades of Grey” movie, it is no wonder that the accompanying soundtrack has caused so much buzz; gathering listeners even outside of the fan base of the book and film. The soundtrack, which features songs by Beyoncé, the Rolling Stones, Frank Sinatra and more, went straight to number one on the Billboard chart upon its release on Feb. 11.
In harmony with the theme of the movie, the soundtrack consists of mostly romance driven tracks, with sultry undertones. The prime example of this is the recreation of Beyoncé’s 2003 hit, “Crazy in Love,” prominently displayed in the trailer for the film. The song is changed from an upbeat, dance floor jam to a slow churning and sexy ballad remixed specifically for the film.
The album also features other classic songs, such as the ballad “Beast of Burden” by the Rolling Stones and Frank Sinatra’s jubilant and dreamy “Witchcraft.”
With these classics, there are also a few originals by some of modern pop’s biggest artists including the euphoric “Love Me Like You Do” by British songstress Ellie Goulding. The track rose to the number three spot on the Billboard Hot 100 chart, easily becoming one of the fan favorites of the soundtrack.
One of the biggest stand outs from the soundtrack is a song by singer-songwriter The Weeknd, titled “Earned it.” The track was released as a single for the record on Dec. 23 and features sensual beats accompanied by The Weeknd’s soulful, R&B infused voice. The skilled musician’s voice talent is extremely clear and brings uniqueness to the track that makes it worth hitting repeat. The lyrics of the track also emphasize the extremely romantic vibe of the soundtrack.
Overall, the album features enough classic hits accompanied with some fresh pop tracks that create a fantastically romantic playlist. While there are a few songs that leaned towards forgettable musically, the talents showcased on the rest of the soundtrack make it worth listening to, for all shades of listeners.