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Fifty Shades Darker
(2017)
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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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Back Lot Music
(February 17th, 2017)
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Buy it... if the generally fluid, dreamy atmosphere of Danny Elfman's Fifty Shades of Grey met with your approval and a intelligent though subdued continuation of that sound is in your interest.

Avoid it... if you're no fan of musical coitus interruptus, the score restrained to only the less erotic portions of this film and thus not allowed the amount of passion or playfulness in this more suspenseful entry.
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WRITTEN 2/26/17
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Fifty Shades Darker: (Danny Elfman) Should one blame the author or the filmmakers for this completely unnecessary sequel? While writer E.L. James' best-selling Fifty Shades of Grey was an original hit sensation that translated some of its intense sexual controversy to the big screen in a popular 2015 adaptation, her sequel books meandered into the lesser territory of standard suspense. That diminishment into a comparatively mundane soap opera realm yielded a universally panned sequel film in 2017's Fifty Shades Darker, though that didn't stop the women of the world from continuing to make the concept a financial success. The troubled lovers Christian Grey and Ana Steele reunite and take their relationship far beyond just the kink of the contract in the first story, throwing other former lovers of Grey, the sexually abusive boss of Steele, and physical harm to Grey himself into a marginally sordid but mostly stupid stew of plot twists that further illuminate why Ms. Steele needs to survey her Seattle surroundings for better life options. Alas, there is weapons fire, a crashing helicopter, vehicle damage, and a villain preparing to exact revenge in 2018's Fifty Shades Freed, all the ingredients for a cheap made-for-television affair. But along for the ride at the very least is Danny Elfman, whose music for Fifty Shades of Grey was an amusing exploration of how the composer handled the kinkiness and associated orgasmic behaviors. It was a surprisingly fluid and intelligent score, offering several accessible highlights rooted in Elfman's softer instrumental techniques. The composer, along with ghostwriter David Buckley (who provided some of the more memorable music to the predecessor), are at a comparative disadvantage with Fifty Shades Darker given that the sequel film handles more marquee scenes, including all of the outright sex, with song placements, leaving Elfman in a lesser role here. The composer thus doesn't have the ability to really develop his more obvious coitus ideas in the sequel, instead servicing the ever-complicated character relationships with thematic connectivity and occasional suspense cues as the story indeed darkens. The resulting score espouses fewer of the outright highlights of its predecessor but remains a relatively smooth listening experience.



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How can this score be musical coitus interruptus?   Expand >>
Indy2003 - February 26, 2017, at 6:12 p.m.
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TRACK LISTINGS
Total Time: 42:11
• 1. Nightmare (2:04)
• 2. Christian (1:37)
• 3. On His Knees (3:24)
• 4. Panties (0:44)
• 5. Bathroom Encounter (2:35)
• 6. No Strings Attached (1:54)
• 7. Dossiers (3:46)
• 8. 1st Sex (0:56)
• 9. Vandalize (1:32)
• 10. The L Word (1:52)
• 11. Texting (1:03)
• 12. Red Room (2:33)
• 13. A Key (1:18)
• 14. Jack Attack (1:58)
• 15. Danger Girl (3:32)
• 16. Chopper Crash (0:50)
• 17. Survive (2:49)
• 18. Yes! (1:28)
• 19. Announcement (1:45)
• 20. Martini Face (1:55)
• 21. Making It Real (2:32)

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