“Beyond The Lights” is destined to go down as one of the best films in 2014. It is by far the best romantic film I have ever seen and my new personal favorite film. Thanks to advanced screenings and premieres I have managed to see Gina Prince-Bythewood’s latest peice of art three times. Each time is more thrilling than the last, and I find myself falling deeper and deeper in love with Gugu Mbatha-Raw and “Noni Jean.” However, of the many tantalizing elements of the film, the original music found in it, will surely captivate your heart. “Beyond The Lights'” soundtrack debuted earlier this week and it is phenomenal!
The soundtrack was produced by The Dream with a few songs on the album actually being sung by Gugu. Each song directly correlates to a moment in the film painting a truly complex, yet beautiful tale of the love affair between Noni and Kaz (Nate Parker). The album is comprised of thirteen amazing songs, but three will truly resonate with audiences.
The first is Noni’s cover of Nina Simone’s “Blackbird.” The motif of the entire film is clearly summed up in this song. All the pain and suffering she endures to find her voice and place in the world is truly a cautionary tale of the toll of fame. Next, is “Fly Before You Fall,” sung by Cynthia Erivo. This is the alluring song played during the trailer of the film. In it, Cynthia’s voice is nothing short of spiritual! The lyrics and her tone just make you feel like there’s someone who cares, who loves and will be there for you no matter what. God is in this song. Finally, we have “Private Property” song by Gugu herself as Noni. I have to warn you the song is raunchy! However, you feel like you alone are having some secret rendezvous with Noni Jean that is about to be epic. The song is also centered around one of the most volatile scenes in the movie. Listen out for it carefully!
If “Beyond The Lights” does not receive some Oscar nomination for the film or its soundtrack it would sheer tragedy. Never before have I seen a romance film promoted and loved so dearly. Noni Jean sung her way into my heart, and with this album she will soon have a place in yours as well. To purchase the soundtrack for “Beyond The Lights” check out Amazon and iTunes. You will not regret it!