Halsey’s “Not Afraid Anymore” From ‘Fifty Shades Darker’: Listen To The So-So Sex Ballad

It’s a curious thing how the Fifty Shades soundtracks seem to have more legit acclaim than the ridiculously un-sexy films themselves. The latest teaser of the Fifty Shades Darker companion album comes in the form of Halsey’s “Not Afraid Anymore,” the follow-up single to Zayn and Taylor Swift‘s “I Don’t Wanna Live Forever.”

For sure, the ballad, which aims for peak eroticism, is a much more mature step for Halsey than her 2016 mega-smash with The Chainsmokers, “Closer.” And it would be the stuff that cements superstar status for any young artist coming off a previous blockbuster hit…if it didn’t rely on the same formula as all these other tracks from the Fifty franchise: lumbering drum loop; menacing bass; intense synths.

Career-wise, landing a song in this flick is probably a good look for Halsey. Creatively, though, all the forced attempts at aural arousal are starting to feel routine and, quite frankly, get boring. Maybe it’s time to move on and start finding our kicks elsewhere.

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