'Birds of Prey' soundtrack reps Harley, is chaotic and full of female empowerment

Category:  Music
Wednesday, February 19th, 2020 at 8:51 PM

Harley Quinn is a new woman in “Birds of Prey.” Her character is complex, and while I loved her, she had her flaws, and the soundtrack is the same way. However, my issues with the soundtrack are more with the instrumental songs as opposed to the rest of the soundtrack.

The stand-outs for me were “Joke’s On You” by Charlotte Lawrence and “Invisible Chains” by Lauren Jauregui. “Joke’s On You” reminds me of early Halsey (think “New Americana” and “Color”), and I enjoyed how the vocals and the music don’t quite match in some places. The chorus of “Joke’s On You” is sung over a crescendo and its chilling. The rest of the lyrics split time over strong piano notes and softened ones. The effect leads to a power song for a powerful part of the movie.

“Invisible Chains” is a soft pop power ballad that displays Jauregui’s vocal capability. The difference in the slowed down chorus and the pumped-up backgrounds blend beautifully.

ADONA’s “Hit Me With Your Best Shot” is a slowed down cover of one of Pat Benatar’s biggest tracks, and it’s powerful and stunning. The music in the background has warped vocals and sound effects that make the song one of the more unique songs on the soundtrack.

“It’s a Man’s Man’s Man’s World” is sung by Jurnee Smellot-Bell, who plays Black Canary. The song is killer, and it’s heard in a club scene. Not only does the song set the tone of the scene, but it stuns as a display of Black Canary’s ability.

“Diamonds” by Megan Thee Stallion and Normani is Harley Quinn within a song. The song being about diamonds (a key point of the movie) has some great lines like “I ain’t afraid to catch a case” and “I’m a supershero, b----, don’t try me h-- / Bad like a villain, I pop it and then I reload” that really resonate with Harley Quinn. “You want me to be a little more ladylike? / Come through with my girls, then beat your a-- on ladies’ night” matches the tone of the movie. The song is catchy and fun.

“Boss B----” by Doja Cat is a girl power bop. The chorus of “I’m a b----, I’m a boss / I’m a b---- and a boss /And my shine like gloss” is something that will be stuck in your head.

Overall this album is stunning, many of the songs are catchy. To quote a tweet I saw that I wholeheartedly agree with “the Birds of Prey soundtrack rly [sic] does go harder than it has any right to.” I recommend listening to the album as its full girl power and its full chaos as is Harley Quinn.

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