Suicide Squad: The Album [OST]
Eminem’s Without Me suits the cartoon vibe but sounds weirdly dated, soft, silly and – perhaps most weirdly – very camp.
Panic! At The Disco covering Queen’s Bohemian Rhapsody is the musical equivalent of Jared Leto playing The Joker. So you get what you pay for here and what you deserve. There are one or two pretty decent moments – within the context of the film – highlights therefore are Action Bronson, Mark Ronson and Dan Auerbach’s collaboration on Standing In The Rain, Kehlani’s sultry R’n’B ballad Gangsta and Grace (w/ G. Eazy) slinking through a trip-hop-meets-hip-hop rendition of You Don’t Know Me.
None of these are worth-price-of-admission moments to either the film or the soundtrack but they are – undoubtedly – the very best of what’s on offer here.
The film piled up loads of classic rock – and obviously didn’t secure rights for all of it for the soundtrack album. And then, when they did – as with CCR’s Fortunate Son here, it sorta just sounds silly and isn’t needed.
That’s the Suicide Squad effect then, cheapening, softening, making laughable.
The brand is doomed. But it’s arguably the brand we deserve right now.
I couldn’t even imagine fans of the movie rushing out for this. Weird to think it even exists, an officially compiled soundtrack album to a film most people watched on or just after the day of release without stepping foot in the theatre.