(2015) Fifty Shades Of Grey

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... read moreIf 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...

49′:35″ 13 Songs

1
I Put A Spell On You (Fifty Shades Of Grey) (From "Fifty Shades Of Grey" Soundtrack)
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3:30
2
Undiscovered (From The "Fifty Shades Of Grey" Soundtrack)
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2:53
3
Earned It (Fifty Shades Of Grey) (From The "Fifty Shades Of Grey" Soundtrack)
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4:12
4
Meet Me In The Middle (From The "Fifty Shades Of Grey" Soundtrack)
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5:08
5
Love Me Like You Do (From "Fifty Shades Of Grey")
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4:12
7
Salted Wound (From "Fifty Shades Of Grey" Soundtrack)
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4:31
8
I'm On Fire (From "Fifty Shades Of Grey" Soundtrack)
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2:37
10
Witchcraft (From The "Fifty Shades Of Grey" Soundtrack)
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2:50
11
One Last Night (From The "Fifty Shades Of Grey" Soundtrack)
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3:21
12
Where You Belong (From "Fifty Shades Of Grey" Soundtrack)
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4:58
13
I Know You (From The "Fifty Shades Of Grey" Soundtrack)
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4:59
14
Ana And Christian (From "Fifty Shades Of Grey" Score)
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3:26
15
Did That Hurt? (From "Fifty Shades Of Grey" Score)
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2:58
Released 10 February 2015, This Compilation ℗ 2015 Universal Studios and Republic Records, a division of UMG Recordings, Inc.

Review

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 ½ 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