The movie series, which launched with the first “Pitch Perfect’ in 2012, revolves around a cappella singing – an unlikely premise for a breakout film, but the preceding success of the TV show “Glee” made it seem worth the risk.
Our heroine choir – aka The Bellas – appears on the soundtrack with playfully inspired covers of Britney Spears’ “Toxic,” Sia’s “Cheap Thrills,” Flo Rida’s “I Don’t Like It, I Love It” and DNCE’s “Cake by the Ocean.”
Naturally the highlight of the soundtrack is the traditional “Pitch Perfect” riff-off, a rapid-fire mashup by many of the film’s performers, and on “PP3” the challenge includes snippet revisions of Lenny Kravitz’s “Fly Away,” Ariana Grande’s “Love Me Harder,” The Cranberries’ “Zombie” and Kelly Clarkson’s “Stronger,” among others.
The soundtrack also includes full-blown songs by outsiders (the only noteworthy one being “Soy Yo” by Colombian electro cambia band Bomba Estereo) and a score suite by Christopher Lennertz.
For her part, Stone soars into long, breathy notes on “What Would She Say” (the “She” being our planet) and harmonizes with deep male vocals on the meditative “Breathe.” And even if the band drifts down random paths into temporary stagnancy, they always find their way back into the sun.
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