I’ll put my hand up and say that I haven’t seen Suicide Squad yet. I’m a full time student working two jobs so I’ve really had neither the time nor the money since it came out on Thursday.
The soundtrack though. The soundtrack I have been jamming to for three days now and I never want to stop. It’s a jumbled mess of genres all thrown into a mixing pot that smells like sour Zombie Chews and, whilst some might think an album that contains both Eminem and Creedence Clearwater Revival can’t possibly make any sense; I assure you. It does.
The Speakeasy team gave it a trial run on our road trip down to Hamilton on Friday evening. Full blast and windows down, it was highly obnoxious but undeniably the best (and only) way to listen to an album like this. As Rick Ross‘ Purple Lamborghini reached its peak, the way we were acting you would think we were in a purple Lamborghini as opposed to the silver Hyundai Getz we were actually driving. Despite the first two tracks being entirely different from one another, somehow the former led seamlessly into the sensational collaboration that is track two: Sucker For Pain. Is that Dan Reynolds from Imagine Dragons? Yep. Wait, but that’s Lil Wayne… and Wiz Khalifa? Sure is.
And why the hell not? I love how soundtracks lead to the most unlikely song choices and this is certainly one of them. I’m not sure I ever would have believed that twenty one pilots would precede Mark Ronson/Action Bronson on any lineup ever, but it’s 2016 and anything is possible.
Track three – Heathens by twenty one pilots – is the best track on the album. This is an entirely biased view, but I’m okay with that. We know I wrote an essay about the track when it came out and that I love this song more than is probably healthy… The way they wrote about a personal experience whilst still tying it perfectly into the movie is incredible. The song is just brilliant and if you haven’t yet seen the masterpiece of a video that accompanies it, check it out below.
Action Bronson and Mark Ronson are the perfect collaboration. Mainly because their names rhyme, but also because Standing in the Rain is just really bloody good. It isn’t their first collab and you can tell because the two just work so incredibly well together. Throw Dan Auerbach of The Black Keys into the mix and you have something that verges on genius.
Gangsta by Kehlani brings a more celestial sound to the record. You really can imagine wearing a floaty dress and spinning around in the rain which is somewhat contradictory considering the content of the lyrics:
I’m fucked up, I’m black and blue
I’m built for it, all the abuse
I got secrets, that nobody, nobody knows
I’m good on, that pussy shit
I don’t want, what I can get
I want someone, with secrets
That nobody, nobody, nobody knows
I love the juxtaposition of the two, though, and it’s a really cool, chill song, breaking up the heavy rapping that most of the album consists of.
We get back to that in the next couple of tracks with Know Better by Kevin Gates and You Don’t Own Me by Grace (feat. G-Eazy) and then, of course, Without Me by everyone’s secret fave – Eminem.
Following these three rap sensations comes Wreak Havoc by Skylar Grey. It makes you feel like you’ve just walked into a shoot up in a bank as soon as it starts and suddenly you feel a lot more badass as you sit in traffic on SH1 in your pink corduroy pinafore. One of the things I love about this compilation is the number of women that feature. Suicide Squad is filled with them and so it only makes sense that the soundtrack should be too. Grimes is an ode to this, too, perfectly merging a rough backing track with her sweet as sugar vocals in synth-pop track, Medieval Warfare.
There are very few vocalists that can do Freddie Mercury any justice. Queen themselves chose Adam Lambert as a suitable candidate and, as it turns out, Brendon Urie also fulfilled the challenge with perfect grace. Panic! at the Disco’s cover of Bohemian Rhapsody is really, in my opinion, one of the highlights of the soundtrack and it made for a brilliant sing-along on our road trip.
Slippin’ Into Darkness is a throwback to the 70s and it definitely sticks out like a sore thumb against the previous tracks. Like I said, though, the record is a jumbled mess but it works. Plus, paired with Creedence Clearwater Revival’s 1969 release, Fortunate Son, it’s the perfect choice. The latter I can picture being used for the credits. Whether it was used or not I have no idea but it’s fun to imagine a theatre full of people dancing to it, regardless.
Strangely though, whilst Fortunate Son would have been a killer closing track, the song that actually closes the album is one that wouldn’t be out of place in a church. I Started a Joke by ConfidentialMX (feat. Becky Hanson), is evangelical and an eerie, yet somehow an appropriate end to the wild ride that is Suicide Squad: The Album. Plus, every comic book movie ends with an unusual calm following what has inevitably been a destructive storyline so it’s certainly true to form.
I have an eclectic taste in music but I’m picky when it comes to R&B, hip-hop and rap. Which is, you know, the majority of this release. Somehow though, for whatever reason, I loved it. It might not be easy listening for a Sunday afternoon or a Monday morning, but grab your pals, jump in a car, and blast it as loud as you can and it will make you feel more gangsta than you have ever felt.
Suicide Squad: The Album is available through Warner Music on CD and digital media now and the vinyl is coming soon!
Check out the movie that inspired the music in cinemas across the globe