#1 album on the Billboard 200 chart, week of 8/27/16
I actually defended Suicide Squad: The Movie, at least relative to what most critics seemed to think of it. Even I have some degree of taste, though.
This is one of those film soundtracks that exists more as a promotional artifact than as an accurate representation of the music used in the film, which, as I said in my review, consists mostly of overused classic rock and rap standards. Only three of those survive here in non-cover form (Eminem’s “Without Me,” War’s “Slippin’ Into Darkness” and CCR’s “Fortunate Son”), so if you want an album that actually reflects what you heard in the movie, I’d suggest going over to your local faux dive bar and letting a tape recorder run for an hour or so.
The new/original material here consists of almost entirely of one particular type of song: Slickly produced radio rock/pop/rap hybrids. Action Bronson rapping with the Black Keys’ Dan Auerbach on the hook. G-Eazy rapping with Grace on the hook. Ty Dolla $ign, Logic, Lil Wayne and Wiz Khalifa rapping with Imagine Dragons on the hook. Etc. Skylar Grey handles both rapping and singing duties on “Wreak Havoc,” which sounds like “Black Skinhead” meets Kendrick Lamar as performed by this person. Oof. There must be some artists or at least songs from this format that people actually like, given that record companies keep trying to make it work, but I’ll be damned if I can think of any.
I wouldn’t assume that the commercial success of this “album” means that any significant amount of young people genuinely think it’s cool, rather than that a lot of people are streaming “Sucker for Pain” while drinking in their dorm rooms or whatever. But if any young people out there are under the impression that Suicide Squad: The Album is cool, I must inform you: It is not.