Rock Doctor Music Reviews – SUICIDE SQUAD: THE ALBUM Various Artists

(Atlantic)Here is the soundtrack to this summer’s blockbuster comic book movie.  As you might expect with movie aimed at this particular demographic, this mostly a hip-hop set- so if that’s your thing, then by all means dig in.I’ve seen the TV ads for the movie but have not yet seen it, but even a knuckle dragging Troglodyte like me knows many of the names on this particular play list; Skrillex & Rick Ross, Eminem, Panic! At The Disco, Mark Ronson, Wiz Kahlifa, Lil Wayne and Imagine Dragons, with a nod to old bastards like moi with CCR’s classic anti-war anthem Fortunate Son and War’s Slippin’ Into Darkness.There are two questions to ask with ANY movie soundtrack- how well does it fit the action on the screen, and how does this hang as an album?  I’m the first to admit I know nothing of the comic this is based on- I stopped buying comics when they hit $1.50, which was a VERY long time ago.  As far as hanging together as an album on its own, Suicide Squad has a nice flow to it- from the tense, action packed opener, to Kehlani’s Gangsta’s mellow yet dramatic vibe, to old school rockers like CCR`s Fortunate Son and Panic! At The Disco’s faithful remake of Queen`s Bohemian Rhapsody and the reggae feel of War’s Slippin’ Into Darkness, it makes a sort of chaotic sense.Suicide Squad isn’t my favourite soundtrack album, wouldn’t even make my top ten, but that’s a function of age more than anything.  I’m not a hip-hop fan and never have been, but I can see how much sense this set makes as an album, and can imagine how well this music compliments the action on screen.  It’s been awhile since I’ve seen a super hero comic book movie, maybe I’ll go this weekend.

ESSENTIALS:  Heathens (21 Pilots), Fortunate Son (CCR), Gangsta (Kehlani)

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