Ellie Goulding

For 'Fifty Shades Darker,' a soundtrack that actually lightens up

For 'Fifty Shades Darker,' a soundtrack that actually lightens up

Fifty shades darker? Thank God that’s not the case.

Though it featured a couple of undeniable boudoir jams in the Weekend’s “Earned It” and Ellie Goulding’s “Love Me Like You Do,” the hit soundtrack to 2015’s “Fifty Shades of Grey” was otherwise a bit of a slog, with too many dull, minor-key dirges in which it never occurred to anybody that one reason to have sex is because it’s fun.

Fortunately, the soundtrack’s follow-up, which arrives Friday just as the ominously titled film sequel enters theaters, shakes off most of that gloom.

“Fifty Shades Darker” opens with its biggest pop moment (and also its likeliest contender to follow the Oscar-nominated “Earned It” to the...

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