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Original Soundtrack: Fifty Shades of Grey [Original Motion Picture Soundtrack]

Track List

>I Put a Spell on You
>Earned It
>Meet Me in the Middle
>Love Me Like You Do
>Haunted - (remix)
>Salted Wound
>Beast of Burden
>I'm on Fire
>Crazy in Love [2014 Remix] - (remix)
>One Last Night
>Where You Belong
>I Know You
>Ana and Christian
>Did That Hurt?

Album Reviews:

Rolling Stone - 3 stars out of 5 -- "[A] blockbuster in its own right. Sexing up the affair are new songs by artists like Sia and Ellie Goulding, a couple of hot Beyoncé remixes and the occasional classic..."

Billboard - "[T]he soundtrack offers a couple of red-hot Beyonce remixes, including a 'Crazy In Love' that's stripped bare of horns and trussed up with spooky synths and drumbeats that echo like boot steps on a dungeon floor."

Album Notes

Recording information: Capitol Records, Hollywood, Los Angeles, CA; Dave Okumu's Tremendous Palace; Deans List House Of Hits; Jungle City Studios, NYC; Maison De Musique, Los Angeles, CA; Marlay Studio; MXM Studios, Los Angeles, CA; Oven Studios, NYC; Pathé Marconi Studios, Paris; Red Bull Studios, Los Angeles; Sheen Lane Studios; Sony Studios; State Of The Ark Studios, London, UK; Stockholm, Sweden; Studio Della Morte; The Redroom, Gothenburg, Sweden; The Streisand Scoring Stage; Vault Studio, London; Wolf Cousins Studio, Stockholm, Sweden.

If the soundtrack to Fifty Shades of Grey -- EL James' Twilight fan fiction-turned-erotic literature sensation -- is any indication, Sam Taylor-Johnson decided to tackle the tricky problem of dramatizing the book's sex scenes by swapping seduction for S&M. Apart from Danny Elfman's cheekily titled "Did That Hurt?" -- a selection from the score that closes the album -- there isn't any musical indication that Fifty Shades of Grey plays with taboos. Although Beyonce taps into a bit of dark, creepy sexuality via remixes of "Haunted" and "Crazy in Love," a vibe the Weeknd trumps with his originals "Earned It" and "Where You Belong," most of this is textbook big-screen sex -- all slow, slinky beats and glistening surfaces, the sound that scored nearly every seduction movie that followed in the wake of Adrian Lyne's 9 « Weeks. A couple of the selections are indeed very familiar from this kind of movie -- Rolling Stones' "Beast of Burden" is hauled out yet again, Sinatra is here with "Witchcraft," Annie Lennox gets the plum role of singing "I Put a Spell on You" -- but otherwise the soundtrack follows familiar beats. First, the numbers are a little flirtier -- Laura Welsh's "Undiscovered" is insistent and almost bright, Jesse Ware's "Meet Me in the Middle" is a nice bit of slow-burning retro-soul -- but once this album gives way to Ellie Goulding's "Love Me Like You Do" on track five, it moves into the area of background romantic music, a vibe that's sometimes pierced by those overly familiar oldies that surely play a bigger role onscreen than they do on album. So, the soundtrack to Fifty Shades of Grey winds up as something conventional: high-thread count seduction with nary a hint of menace, suitable for any romantic evening you choose. ~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine


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