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Fifty Shades of Grey
(2015)
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Composed and Produced by:

Conducted by:
Pete Anthony

Orchestrated by:
Steve Bartek
Edgardo Simone
David Slonaker

Additional Music by:
David Buckley
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LABEL & RELEASE DATE
Republic Records
(February 17th, 2015)
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Buy it... if you have always admired Danny Elfman's light rock sensibilities, that sound merged here with skittish string personality to create a perfectly cool but slightly nervous and unpredictable environment.

Avoid it... if you expect anything truly sultry or straight out cheesy pornography music for this topic, because Elfman tackles the assignment with perhaps too much intelligence for such indulgence.
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FILMTRACKS TRAFFIC RANK: #1,302
WRITTEN 3/8/15
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Fifty Shades of Grey: (Danny Elfman) If the popularity of British author E. L. James' bestselling novel "Fifty Shades of Grey" and the 2015 film adaptation of it is any indication of social desires, then we must really be one sexually repressed lot. Spawned from fan fiction relating to the popular "Twilight" series of books, the Fifty Shades of Grey concept was nothing less than a sleazy bondage fantasy that somehow managed to acquire the taste of women in the mainstream, making the novel one of the most highly sought properties by film studios in the early 2010's. The adaptation stays true to the original plot, following the story of a rather average and unexciting undergraduate female in Vancouver, Washington coming into contact with a wealthy young Seattle executive and commencing a contractual relationship with him that involves a variety of kinky sex rituals mainly related to bondage. Despite the fact that the story is basically trash, Fifty Shades of Grey did achieve some notable milestones, including lawsuits between Universal Pictures and a porn parody production company, protests from both fundamentalist religious and women's organizations over the content of the sex, controversy over skirting the dreaded NC-17 MPAA rating, and shattered box office records in a variety of categories immediately upon its debut. The fact remains, though, that no glossy exterior and quantity of nudity can salvage a badly written script, and much of that box office return owes to the taboo nature of the concept in general. Let's face it; organized religion is losing the battle for morality in the long term, and whether or not you believe that this film exploits women, you have to commend the studio for feeding the apparent repressed sexual desire of women worldwide. The song compilation soundtrack for Fifty Shades of Grey, presenting a number of new cover versions of favorites and some fresh material, was an equal bestseller in several nations. Lost in the equation was Danny Elfman's unsurprisingly competent score for the film, the project well suited for his own balance of knowledgeable musical technique and a kinky sense of humor. The composer has, since the beginning of his career, maintained a side track that features his soft rock inclinations, evident in Anywhere But Here and parts of Reel Steel, among others. Combine that sound with that of his music for Errol Morris documentaries and you have a general idea about what you'll hear in Fifty Shades of Grey, albeit with the romance quotient a little tortured by design in the process.



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TRACK LISTINGS
Total Time: 46:21
• 1. Shades of Grey (2:07)
• 2. Ana's Theme (1:23)
• 3. The Red Room (3:26)
• 4. Then Don't! (2:32)
• 5. A Spanking (2:32)
• 6. Going for Coffee (1:32)
• 7. Where Am I? (1:35)
• 8. Ana and Christian (3:24)
• 9. Clean You Up (2:43)
• 10. The Contract (3:27)
• 11. The Art of War (3:32)
• 12. Did That Hurt? (2:54)
• 13. Bliss (2:29)
• 14. Show Me (3:02)
• 15. Counting to Six (3:21)
• 16. Variations on a Shade (6:22)

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