[REVIEW] Suicide Squad Album

Ashleigh Clarke

Suicide Squad was one of the most anticipated movies of 2016 and boy did it live up to its name. Much like the film, the album is a mix of different artists giving it that contemporary yet old school edge.

Opening with ‘Purple Lamborghini’ by Skrillex and Rick Ross, the song is a mash up of electronica and rap, instantly telling the audience that they’re not messing around and a great way to kick off the album.

Next up is ‘Sucker For Pain’ by Lil Wayne, Wiz Khalifa and Imagine Dragons with the help from Logic, Ty Dolla $ign and X Ambassador as well. It’s easily one of my favourite songs from the album as it’s just to catchy and you even find yourself rapping along too!

‘Heathens’ from Twenty One Pilots is one that many of you would’ve heard before as it’s probably the most notorious single from the album. The song itself is a manifest of paranoia and anxiety blurred into this slow and steady tune with a hypnotic melody. Moving swiftly onto the next track, ‘Standing In The Rain’ by Action Bronson, Mark Ronson and Dan Auerbach, it’s a hard hitting rap that is perfect for any kind of showdown with the ultimate catchy chorus.

‘Gangsta’ by Kehlani a song of hope and love, her breathy and seductive vocals definitely add depth to the song that we haven’t had yet so far. Kevin Gates brings us, ‘Know Better’, a track that is probably my least favourite but is gritty enough to work within the film.

‘You Don’t Own Me’ is artfully covered by Grace and G-Eazy, it’s hauntingly powerful with the rap showing that the song is capable of many different styles. ‘Without Me’ by Eminem is your typical fist pumping rap anthem and definitely deserves a spot on this album.

Skylar Grey brings us ‘Wreak Havoc’ and instead of being the harmonious songbird she usually is; she seems to tap into her badass side on this track. With gunshot fire and the heavy bass undertones, it can’t not be featured on the album. ‘Medieval Warfare’ by Grimes is full of electricity and stomping beats, it totally gets you in the mood for more.

Another cover of the classic ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ by pop punk band Panic! At The Disco is a slightly more twisted version of the original, riddled with explosive beats and strong vocals, it pulses destruction just like the movie.

‘Slippin’ Into Darkness’ by War is a lot more mellow than the other tracks with a hint of jazz running throughout to give it a classy tone.

An oldie but a goodie, Creedence Clearwater Revival give us ‘Fortunate Son’. Often associated with its political-ness and protest against military action, it’s definitely fitting for the movie. It’s your ultimate classic rock hit.

The last song on the album and the one that is associated with the trailer is ConfidentialMX featuring Becky Hanson’s ‘I Started A Joke’. A lot more haunting than the one featured in the teaser but a great way to end the album as it serves as a reminder for what is yet to come.

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