The recently released romantic dramady The Photograph starring Issa Rae and LaKeith Stanfield may be getting mixed reviews, but something that many have agreed on is how good the movie’s music is. That’s thanks to a mix of nostalgia-inducing soul and R&B classics by Patti LaBelle (“If Only You Knew”), Al Green (“For The Good Times” and “I’m Glad You’re Mine”), Anita Baker (“Caught Up In The Rapture”) and Whitney Houston (“You Give Good Love”) with more contemporary bops from Anderson .Paak (“Come Home”), Solange (“Stay Flo”) and Ari Lennox (“Chicago Boy”). Also included in the film are two songs newly recorded for the Black love story, Lucky Daye‘s “Fade Away” and H.E.R.‘s “Comfortable,” and James Poyser and Erykah Badu‘s 2019 Squeeze cover “Tempted.” These three tracks are featured on The Photograph Original Motion Picture Soundtrack where Robert Glasper‘s original score also finds a home.
The GRAMMY Award-winning pianist/producer/composer was handpicked by The Photograph‘s writer and director Stella Meghie to score the movie. Having previously scored the Miles Davis biopic Miles Ahead in 2015, Glasper’s soulful jazz stylings are heard throughout The Photograph. His instrumentals are intricately woven into the film’s tapestry, bridging the gap between and capturing the vibe of the two different eras and multiple locations in which The Photograph is set. He sets the mood for Mae and Michael’s complicated love story to flourish from New York City to New Orleans and, ultimately, London.
Clocking in at just under 35 minutes, The Photograph Original Motion Picture Soundtrack is a brief listen and a mere snapshot of all of the music heard on screen. To get the full experience and to feel all the feels, we highly suggest going to see The Photograph in theaters now.