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Fifty Shades of Grey [Original Motion Picture Soundtrack]


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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
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  1. # Track Artist Length
  2. 1 I Put a Spell on You Annie Lennox 3:28
  3. 2 Undiscovered Laura Welsh 2:52
  4. 3 Earned It The Weeknd 4:8
  5. 4 Meet Me in the Middle Jessie Ware 5:6
  6. 5 Love Me Like You Do Ellie Goulding 4:8
  7. 6 Haunted Beyoncé 5:6
  8. 7 Salted Wound Sia 4:28
  9. 8 Beast of Burden The Rolling Stones 3:30
  10. 9 I'm on Fire 2:32
  11. 10 Crazy in Love [2014 Remix] Beyoncé 3:44
  12. 11 Witchcraft Frank Sinatra 2:50
  13. 12 One Last Night Vaults 3:18
  14. 13 Where You Belong The Weeknd 4:56
  15. 14 I Know You Skylar Grey 4:56
  16. 15 Ana and Christian Danny Elfman 3:22
  17. 16 Did That Hurt? Danny Elfman 2:53

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