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Suicide Squad: The Album

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8/5/2016

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Suicide Squad, the DC property where the bad guys are the actual heroes, cries out for an appropriately aggressive accompanying soundtrack, which is precisely what Suicide Squad: The Album delivers. Sometimes the tempo slows and at times the murk lifts for a bit of lightness -- by the time War's "Slippin' into Darkness," one of two oldies here, arrives it's a blessed, breezy relief -- but the overall feel of Suicide Squad: The Album is one of dank industrial gloom: this music is meant to live in the shadows. Often, the music celebrates darkness. Lil Wayne, Wiz Khalifa, and Imagine Dragons admit they're a "Sucker for Pain," Kehlani lusts for a "Gangsta," and the whole shebang starts with Skrillex & Rick Ross creating an unholy racket in "Purple Lamborghini." Despite the presence of Twenty One Pilots, possibly the most popular rock band in 2016, Suicide Squad: The Album feels like a throwback, a salute to Y2K rap-rock and Todd McFarlane figures anchored by Eminem's "Without Me." It's an odd bit of cognitive dissonance that isn't without its moments: Dan Auerbach, Mark Ronson, and Action Bronson conjure some spooky soul and there's an elegance underpinning Grace's "You Don't Own Me" that recalls vintage Portishead. All the same, the record's heart is in manicured chaos, served up with gloss and volume. ~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine
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  1. # Track Artist Length
  2. 1 Purple Lamborghini Skrillex & Rick Ross 3:33
  3. 2 Sucker for Pain Lil Wayne, Wiz Khalifa & Imagine Dragons 4:3
  4. 3 Heathens twenty one pilots 3:13
  5. 4 Standing in the Rain Action Bronson, Mark Ronson & Dan Auerbach (of The Black Keys) 3:16
  6. 5 Gangsta Kehlani 2:54
  7. 6 Know Better Kevin Gates 3:26
  8. 7 You Don't Own Me Grace 3:19
  9. 8 Without Me Eminem 4:50
  10. 9 Wreak Havoc Skylar Grey 3:47
  11. 10 Medieval Warfare Grimes 3:0
  12. 11 Bohemian Rhapsody Panic! At The Disco 5:57
  13. 12 Slippin' Into Darkness War 3:41
  14. 13 Fortunate Son Creedence Clearwater Revival 2:15
  15. 14 I Started a Joke Confidentialmx 3:2

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