Soundtrack Review: Insurgent

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The second installment of the best-selling Divergent trilogy hits theaters tomorrow, and here’s what you can hear on the soundtrack:

1) Holes in the Sky — M83 and HAIM: This is a pretty interesting track. It begins celestially with swooping instrumentals and haunting harmonies before dropping down into a more steady beat. At this point it’s your typical ballad. The beginning is what really makes this stand out — after the drums kick in, it becomes a bit too sleepy and predicable for my taste.¬†3/5

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Soundtrack Review: Fifty Shades of Grey

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Fifty Shades of Grey was released this past weekend, and Entertainment Weekly just reported that the accompanying soundtrack had the biggest debut since Michael Jackson’s This Is It back in 2009. So, without further ado, here’s a track-by-track review of the album:

1) I Put a Spell On You – Annie Lennox: This cover of the Screamin’ Jay Hawkins original provides a really solid start to this¬†soundtrack. If this is the sound the movie is aiming for, the rest of this album should be pretty good. Lennox’s version is more toned down as compared to Hawkins’s, but the raw vocal performance is still there and still engaging. 5/5

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