Sitting in ones bedroom. Glass of wine in hand, freshly shaved legs covered in sensual rose lotion. You turn the lights off, sit back in your satin sheets, and press play. Immediately you are transported into the sophisticated, sexy world that is Fifty Shades of Grey.
The scene is set as Annie Lennox’s new rendition of “I Put A Spell on You” gives us a sophisticated yet retro vibe with its addition of electric guitar and constant beats. This song is perfect for the opening scene as we see both Christian in his everyday, fast paced life, as well as Anastasia in her journey from plain college student to journalist in a new world as she enters Grey Tower.
Upon entrance to the “Red Room of Pain” Christian begins to tell Ana what is expected of her. As they begin their “foreplay” we hear a slower, piano version of Beyonce’s “Crazy in Love”. This slow, sensual, suspenseful version with hard notes on the keys builds and builds until Christian begins the actual dominant experience. He flogs Ana on her behind, and the song takes a much more intense, modern turn with Beyonce’s voice coming over the piano, bringing quick paced violin and deep bass beats. As the experience climaxes, the pace gets faster and faster until it drops and we hear Beyonce’s voice fading as Christian carries Ana to her room.
Ethos accompanying this soundtrack are unbelievable, including new tracks from Beyonce, The Weekend, and Ellie Goulding. There is a song for every moment and every one who loves those moments: the lovers: Ellie Goulding’s “Love me Like You Do” shows the sweeter side to every relationship. The Weekends “Earned It” gives way to the adventure and confusion that is a new relationship boundary breaking that comes with it. There are strong logos bringing everyone to love the music from this soundtrack. The soundtrack to Fifty Shades of Grey is one that is not only iconic as being a film to break all barriers in the entertainment industry we know, but also because it perfectly embraces the new S&M world reintroduced to us. This new “bedroom R&B” as many fans call it, perfectly sets the mood for fans.
Oh, and Mr. Grey will see you now.
I would rate the Fifty Shades of Grey Soundtrack a 5/5 due to its variety of genres and compatibility with the movie.