[Review] Suicide Squad Conjures Kick-ass Soundtrack

DC Universe taps Skrillex, Rick Ross, Lil Wayne, Wiz Khalifa, Imagine Dragons, Action Bronson, The Black Keys, Grimes and more
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DC Universe taps Skrillex, Rick Ross, Lil Wayne, Wiz Khalifa, Imagine Dragons, Action Bronson, The Black Keys, Grimes and more

Let the baddies out of their cage, 'cause only the worst of the worst can stand toe to toe with the latest evil to cast a shadow over the DC Universe.

Suicide Squad, a fairly unknown property in the arsenal at DC Comics' disposal, follows the gathering of some of Batman’s (Ben Affleck) most dangerous foes, including the Joker (Jared Leto), his shrink-turned-psychotic, voice-hearing heartthrob Harley Quinn (Margot Robbie), the marksman Deadshot (Will Smith) and a number of lesser known villains from their brooding world. With acclaimed writer/director David Ayer at the helm, anticipation had been through the roof. 

However, critics have put the film up for target practice and it hasn’t been pretty.

A hefty weight was put on the film's shoulders after the disappointment of its predecessor, Batman vs. Superman: Dawn of Justice, more weight than it was initially intended to hold. A byproduct of this pressure from their mighty hero foes, Suicide Squad’s prelude to its audience was an impressive pop-art, neon marketing campaign that appeared everywhere and one of the best soundtracks in recent memory.

The album hopes to follow in the successful footsteps of Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy: Awesome Mix Vol. 1, which put simply, was awesome. The difference that puts Suicide Squad’s soundtrack at the forefront is its use of original material, whereas Guardians was one big compilation of ‘80s favorites. The soundtrack garners an impressive number of original singles and high profile collaborations by some of the best artists in the biz today, including Skrillex, Rick Ross, Lil Wayne, Wiz Khalifa, Imagine Dragons, Kehlani, Grimes, Action Bronson, The Black Keys, and Twenty One Pilots. 

One of the top tracks, an original single from Skrillex and Rick Ross, is inspired by the Joker’s ridiculously pimped out “Purple Lamborghini.” It takes Skrillex’s signature sound, adds some Rick Ross flavor, and yields quite the banger for the Squad. Skrillex is no stranger to providing pop culture-inspired music for a soundtrack, previously releasing the 2011 heavy hitter “Reptile” for the Mortal Kombat character of its namesake, which he still plays at shows today.

Among many excellent collaborations, “Standing in the Rain” by Action Bronson, Mark Ronson and Dan Auerbach of The Black Keys is repeat worthy. An ominous reimagining of the ‘80s track “The Rain,” by Oran ‘Juice’ Jones, it’s one of a few covers on the album. Panic! At the Disco is also featured with a ballsy cover of "Bohemian Rhapsody."

Another top track “Heathens” by Twenty One Pilots has been the topic of discussion recently, not just for its prowess but due to it leaking on Reddit nine days prior to its scheduled release. They were not happy, and their label, Atlantic Records, is on a witch hunt for the responsible party with a lawsuit in tow. 

The inclusion of these tracks into the film unfortunately has the same problem as the film itself: It’s choppy. Suicide Squad suffers from an unbuttoned script with plenty of pacing issues. Although the music cues are impressive, similar to that of the trailers, the tracks themselves seem to just be thrown into the mix with high-profile actors and a lot of characters. 

Suicide Squad: The Album is currently available on Apple Music and Spotify. It’s impressive and truly addicting, so good luck listening to anything else for a few days. 

See the complete track list below:

  1. "Purple Lamborghini" – Skrillex & Rick Ross
  2. "Sucker for Pain (ft. Logic, Ty Dolla $ign & Ambassadors)" – Lil Wayne, Wiz Khalifa & Imagine Dragons
  3. "Heathens" – twenty one pilots
  4. "Standing in the Rain" – Action Bronson, Mark Ronson & Dan Auerbach
  5. "Gangsta" – Kehlani
  6. "Know Better" – Kevin Gates
  7. "You Don’t Own Me (ft. G-Eazy)" – Grace
  8. "Without Me" – Eminem
  9. "Wreak Havoc" – Skylar Grey
  10. "Medieval Warfare" – Grimes
  11. "Bohemian Rhapsody" – Panic! At the Disco
  12. "Slippin’ Into Darkness" – War
  13. "Fortunate Son" – Creedence Clearwater Revival
  14. "I Started a Joke (ft. Becky Hanson)" – ConfidentialMX