‘Love Me Like You Do’ delivers mixed messages



Love me like you do was released on January 7, 2015 and has been a commercial success.

Ellie Goulding recently recorded a beautiful song for a not-so-beautiful movie soundtrack.

“Love Me Like You Do” was released in early 2015 and was later featured in the soundtrack of the movie adaption of the hit novel “Fifty Shades of Grey.”

Fifty Shades of Grey is an erotic film centered around the confusing love of an abusive male and a more vulnerable, young female.

The song talks about an undying love for someone else, a love that “they can’t live without.” Some lyrics are “You’re the cure, you’re the pain. You’re the only thing I wanna touch.”

In my opinion, those lyrics are beautiful and Ellie sings them with great passion. However, they do refer to the “love” being portrayed in the movie “Fifty Shades of Grey.”

Being part of this soundtrack ruins the image of the song. An abusive relationship should not be viewed as an undying love or something “beautiful.”

In addition, the song enforces the fact that the girl from the movie is weak and less dominant than the older male, as seen in the lyrics, “I’ll let you set the pace ’cause I’m not thinking straight.”

Even with the bad relation to this soundtrack, it has great potential to be seen as romantic and catchy song. It reached number three on the US Billboard Hot 100 and has been in the iTunes top charts.

Goulding has the vocal range of a soprano, making the song more lively and full of energy. The instrumentals and chorus are both catchy and appealing.

This is not the first time Goulding has recorded something for the soundtrack of a film. She can also be heard on the soundtracks of “The Hunger Games: Catching Fire” and “Divergent.” However, “Love Me Like You Do” has gained the most publicity.

There are two dramatically different ways to view the song — the way it was used in the movie, and as Goulding’s own independent piece, a slow and touching romantic song for people to enjoy.

4 / 5 stars

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