Another Way to Die (From "Quantum of Solace") - Single
Jack White & Alicia Keys
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Love the music, hate the vocals...
First off, had this been instrumental I would have given it at least a 4, probably a 5. I find the melody and the instrumentation to be cool and effective; sort of a mix between Live and Let Die and On Her Majesty's Secret Service with an added punch. Pretty awesome. I'm anxious to see how much of this Arnold integrates into the score. The singing, on the other hand, is positively gruesome. In particular, about 2 minutes from the end Keys tries to echo the melody to disastrous, cringe-inducing effect. I'm not sure whether the dissonance was intentional or not but, regardless, it's terrible. Throughout the rest of the song, the singing is fairly mundane with nothing particularly memorable about it. If you're looking for a hearkening back to Shirley Bassey, you're most likely going to be disappointed. I was. Anyway: Music: 5/5 Lyrics (The ones I can make out at least): 2/5 Vocals: 2/5 Overall: 3 stars
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This song starts off with a fantastic sounding instrumental intro. It's 110% Bond. But then Jack White opens his mouth and the song couldn't sink faster than the Venice palazzo at the end of Casino Royale! White is a musical genius??? His voice sounds terrible! Why is there an echo? And how can you call it a duet when all they do it trying to over power each other in the screaming and yelling department? As much as I wanted to love this song, I'm afraid it won't grow on me even if I tried.
Excellent. A startling, unconventional entry to the resurrected Bond franchise. If only the visuals during the theme song are as creative as the music, this will kick off the new 007 film with a bang. An innovative twist to the 'typical' Bond song, Another Way to Die expresses the need for each culture to adapt the Bond franchise to its own mores and values. While not perfect, it is a worthy entry in the milieu of Bond theme songs, and hopefully represents a great Bond film to come. On a side note, if the producers of Quantum of Solace have a brain in their head, they will kill off Judi Dench as M in this film, while she is at the top of her game, introducing a level of heretofore unseen visceralness to the franchise, which is the direction it has sorely needed to go since the brilliant On Her Majesty's Secret Service with George Lazenby.
Born: January 25, 1981 in New York, NY
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