Skyfall [Score] (CD)


Thomas Newman

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Amoeba Review

11/05/2012

While some argue over who has best played James Bond (really people, you didn’t want Daniel Craig?), film soundtrack fans can now argue over the latest composer to score the Bond series: Thomas Newman, who becomes the ninth person to soundtrack a Bond film. His soundtrack to “Skyfall” is appropriately tense yet spacious, recalling some of the electronic dread of Trent Reznor’s The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo soundtrack while retaining the strings that are a hallmark of the Bond series and flirting with Eastern tones befitting of the film’s Turkish and Chinese backdrops. Newman, working with director Sam Mendes, as he did on the soundtracks for American Beauty, Road to Perdition, Jarhead and Revolutionary Road, is in fine form here, building tension over time, subtly interjecting the original James Bond theme into “Brave New World” and then taking it over with a grand crescendo marked by Eastern strings and clicking percussion. He also lets loose when the time is right, as on the riveting second half of “Quartermaster,” making the Skyfall soundtrack a dynamic listen with or without the film. It should be noted that the soundtrack unfortunately does not include Adele’s Shirley Bassey-vibing theme song “Skyfall,” though it does include an instrumental interpolation of the song by Adele and Paul Epworth, while the radio version will be released as a physical single in the U.S. the same day as the soundtrack.



Track Listing



Disc 1 Titles
Artist
Length
1.
Grand Bazaar, Istanbul
Thomas Newman 05:14
2.
Voluntary Retirement
Thomas Newman 02:22
3.
New Digs
Thomas Newman 02:32
4.
Severine
Thomas Newman 01:18
5.
Brave New World
Thomas Newman 01:50
6.
Shanghai Drive
Thomas Newman 01:26
7.
Jellyfish
Thomas Newman 03:22
8.
Silhouette
Thomas Newman 00:56
9.
Modigliani
Thomas Newman 01:04
10.
Day Wasted
Thomas Newman 01:31
11.
Quartermaster
Thomas Newman 04:58
12.
Someone Usually Dies
Thomas Newman 02:29
13.
Komodo Dragon
Thomas Newman 03:20
14.
The Bloody Shot
Thomas Newman 04:46
15.
Enjoying Death
Thomas Newman 01:13
16.
The Chimera
Thomas Newman 01:58
17.
Close Shave
Thomas Newman 01:32
18.
Health & Safety
Thomas Newman 01:29
19.
Granborough Road
Thomas Newman 02:32
20.
Tennyson
Thomas Newman 02:14
21.
Enquiry
Thomas Newman 02:49
22.
Breadcrumbs
Thomas Newman 02:02
23.
Skyfall
Thomas Newman 02:32
24.
Kill Them First
Thomas Newman 02:22
25.
Welcome To Scotland
Thomas Newman 01:29
26.
She's Mine
Thomas Newman 03:53
27.
The Moors
Thomas Newman 02:39
28.
Deep Water
Thomas Newman 05:11
29.
Mother
Thomas Newman 01:48
30.
Adrenaline
Thomas Newman 02:21

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