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Fifty Shades of straight FEELS

New "Fifty Shades Freed" soundtrack hooks in listeners with vibey tracks and artists

Carla Ballard, Reporter

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For Fifty Shades fanatics such as myself, we can all agree that one of the best aspects to the trilogy HAS to be the killer soundtracks that come along with each movie to the series. Released on Feb. 9th, 2018, the “Fifty Shades Freed” soundtrack practically began to sell movie tickets to the movie itself with every purchase or download it received.

The album reels listeners in through it’s variety of vibes ranging from spooky and upbeat, to contemporary and slow. It contains genres such as R&B, Pop, and even Alternative with popular artists such as Liam Payne, Sia, and Hailee Steinfield; and may I say, they did not disappoint.

It is clear that their has been a trend with each album throughout this trilogy, as their songs resemble the movies overall themes such as desire, passion, and “true love”. Desire is evident in Julia Michaels “Heaven” when she writes “…all good boys go to heaven, but bad boys bring heaven to you,” exemplifying a typical desire for bad boys instead of the good. Passion is seen through Black Atlass’s “Sacrifice” ft. Jessie Reyez as he sings about the sacrifices he gives for the person he loves, and how passionate he is about that person and their relationship. Love flourishes through most if not every song in the album, exceptionally in “For You” by Liam Payne and Rita Ora, or in one of my favorites, “Maybe I’m Amazed” bonus track by James Dornan. There is even a different language involved, with Spanish rendition of “Cross Your Mind” or French rendition of “Pearls” both by Samantha Gongol.

More upbeat songs include “Capital Letters” by Hailee Steinfield, “I Got You” by Jessie J, “The Wolf” by The Spencer Lee Band, or Big Spender (ft. Prince Charlez) by Kiana Lede. The spooky, provacative aspects of the movie come out in “High” by Whethan and Dua Lipa, “Never Tear Us Apart” by Bishop Briggs, and “Deer in Headlights” by Sia. To top it off, you can never complete a movie soundtrack with some sort of piano piece, as the album does with “Freed” and “Seeing Red” by Danny Elfman.

I would be lying if I said I don’t listen to this album every minute of every day sense it came out onto Apple Music. It fits every single one of my favorite genres into one musical masterpiece, and brings a lot of underground artists to life. Just like the movie, the album makes you feel as if you can never escape. Will you be freed by “Fifty Shades Freed”?

Final Verdict: B+

 

 

 

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