“Birds of Prey: The Album” is a feminist statement

The soundtrack for the film

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The soundtrack for the film "Birds of Prey" was released Feb. 7.

Colt Beat, Memorial Co-Editor-in-Chief

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After appearing in the 2016 movie “Suicide Squad” as a charming yet eccentric ex-psychiatrist that lives a life centered around crime, Harley Quinn (Margot Robbie) was able to showcase a new version of herself separate from her ex-boyfriend the Joker, in “Harley Quinn: Birds of Prey.”

The film encompasses Harley Quinn’s spirit in a loud and exaggerated way as she finds herself among three other badass women who share a common goal of taking down the villainous Black Mask. The soundtrack itself defines the female empowerment presented in the movie, with tracks that let the listener experience feelings of thrill and exhilaration.

Birds of Prey: The Album” was released Feb. 7 in tangent with the film. Each of the 15 songs brings out a similar set of emotions and energy, correlating with the action-packed scenes within the movie. Both original songs and fresh covers are used to tell a story of fierceness and chaos.

Listed as the first track on the album is Doja Cat’s anthem “Boss Bitch,” verifying Harley Quinn’s behavior as a confident and independent woman who is a force to be reckoned with. The song explicitly advocates empowerment of women with lyrics like “I’m the whole damn cake and the cherry on top,” asserting Harley Quinn’s persistence and hustle. A repetitive yet catchy chorus, paired with hypnotic background music, established that the most wanted woman in Gotham lives up to the song title.

Continuing the dancing electronic vibe left from the previous track, the second song listed is “So Thick” by WHIPPED CREAM and BABY GOTH. Throughout the song, soft-spoken but attentive vocals are present that mesh well with the steady flow. The self-bragging lyrics expressed indicate Harley Quinn’s loud dominance and sensational attitude.

Diamonds” is performed by Megan Thee Stallion and Normani and demands the acknowledgment of the superiority when it comes to being a “super shero.” Normani’s enlightening and smooth vocals in the chorus and bridge fit perfectly with Megan Thee Stallion’s crisp and bold voice in the verses. Being the third track on the record, it continues this energy that projects confidence and power, in addition to encouraging listeners to move along with the song.

The fitting duo GALXARA and Sawettie collaborate in a track called “Sway With Me” that uses a variety of digital voice effects to accomplish a euphoric and supersonic electronic-pop sound. Reinventing the Pussycat Doll’s song “Sway,” the lyrics are engaging and easy to sing along to, which adds to the urge to put this song on repeat over and over again.

Halsey brings along a new energy with the same high level conditions to the track “Experiment on Me.” Her vocals have an obvious but suiting digital effect, amplifying her words as she crescendos. The song steps away from the electronic dance feel and delves into the punk rock territory.

The all-female roster of artists did not dissatisfy in this record that takes listeners through a journey of feminist anthems. The soundtrack itself has lived up to the standards set by “Suicide Squad: The Album,” by producing the same level of electrifying and compelling songs that communicate its accompanied film.

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