The ‘Fifty Shades Of Grey’ Soundtrack Leads Albums To Check Out0 Comments

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Posted on 10 Feb 2015 at 9:14am

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The yield of new, show stopping albums in February 2015 is a bit slow as of yet.  While there were a few notable releases last week, none of them were the ‘second coming’ to the music world.  This week isn’t much different, finding that fiery new release to be hard to come by.  Next week is when things ignite more, but one truly notable effort arrives this week, via the Fifty Shades of Grey original motion picture soundtrack 

1) Various Artists, Fifty Shades of Grey (Motown / Universal)

Various Artists, Fifty Shades of Grey © Motown / Universal

With the release of one of the more sensuous, controversial, and anticipated movies in recent memory, a soundtrack matching the hype of film Fifty Shades of Grey is necessary to further ripen things. Four songs were issued prior to the release of the soundtrack: “Earned It,” (The Weeknd), “Salted Wound” (Sia), “One Last Night” (Vaults), and “I Know You”(Skylar Grey). The soundtrack features 16 tracks total.   Other performances come courtesy of veteran and recent artists including Frank Sinatra, The Rolling Stones, Annie Lennox, Ellie Goulding, and of course Beyoncé.

2) Love and Theft, Whiskey On My Breath (Hate & Purchase Music, LLC)

Love and Theft, Whiskey on My Breath © Hate & Purchase Music, LLC 

Former country trio turned duo Love and Theft issue their third studio album, Whiskey On My Breath three years after dropping their previous effort.  Unlike so many other artists releasing new albums, Whiskey On My Breath arrives with just one single available ahead of it’s parent album, and that’s title track “Whiskey On My Breath.”  Alcoholic endeavors do fuel the album’s track list, which includes songs titled “Hang Out Hungover,” “Everybody Drives Drunk,” and “Let’s Get Drunk and Make Friends.” Sheesh!

3) Ricky Martin, A Quien Quiera Escuchar (Sony Music Latin) 

Ricky Martin, A Quien Quiera Escuchar © Sony Music Latin

Ricky Martin issues his latest studio album, which is a Latin effort in the truest sense – no English language tracks to be found.  A Quien Quiera Escuchar is Martin’s tenth studio album, following up his 2011 effort, Música + Alma + Sexo. Ahead of the release of this effort, two songs were available in opener “Adiós” and its follow-up, “Disparo al Corazón.” 

4) Rihannon Giddens, Tomorrow Is My Turn (Nonesuch) 

Rhiannon Giddens, Tomorrow Is My Turn © Nonesuch

It’s always nice to throw in a newbie every now and then on the list.  This week, it is Rihannon Giddens, who issues her debut album, Tomorrow Is My Turn.  It should be noted that Giddens is only new as a solo artist; she’s a member of Carolina Chocolate Drops.

What makes Giddens notable – How about the name T-Bone Burnett.  It seems as if everything Burnett touches is like musical gold, so Rhiannon Giddens must be indeed special. A mix between folk, country, and the blues – think roots-driven music – Tomorrow Is My Turn features four pre-release songs: “Don’t Let It Trouble Your Mind,” “She’s Got You,” “Black Is the Color,” and “Shake Sugaree.”

Photo Credits: © MJ Photos /, © Motown / Universal, © Hate & Purchase Music, LLC, © Sony Music Latin, © Nonesuch

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