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A second-generation member of Hollywood's preeminent musical dynasty, composer Thomas Newman carried on his family's legacy through a series of Academy Award-nominated film scores. Born in Los Angeles on October 20, 1955, he was the son of Alfred Newman and the nephew of Lionel and Emil Newman, all three renowned composers and conductors from Hollywood's golden age; Thomas' ... Read more in Amazon's Thomas Newman Store

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  • Audio CD (29 Oct. 2012)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Soundtrack
  • Label: Sony Music Classical
  • ASIN: B0096233ZW
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (79 customer reviews)
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1. Grand Bazaar, Istanbul
2. Voluntary Retirement
3. New Digs
4. Severine
5. Brave New World
6. Shanghai Drive
7. Jellyfish
8. Silhouette
9. Modigliani
10. Day Wasted
11. Quartermaster
12. Someone Usually Dies
13. Komodo Dragon
14. The Bloody Shot
15. Enjoying Death
16. The Chimera
17. Close Shave
18. Health & Safety
19. Granborough Road
20. Tennyson
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skyfall [soundtrack]thomas newman (komponist) | format: audio cd---track listings1. grand bazaar, istanbul2. voluntary retirement3. new digs4. severine5. brave new world6. shanghai drive7. jellyfish8. silhouette9. modigliani10. day wasted11. quartermaster12. someone usually dies13. komodo dragon14. the bloody shot15. enjoying death16. the chimera17. close shave18. health & safety19. granborough road20. tennyson21. enquiry22. breadcrumbs23. skyfall24. kill them first25. welcome to scotland26. she's mine27. the moors28. deep water29. mother30. adrenaline

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3.6 out of 5 stars

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41 of 45 people found the following review helpful By Big Si on 29 Oct. 2012
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Bringing in a new composer to score a Bond film is invariably risky. Such was John Barry's indelible mark on the series that each new composer, from George Martin to David Arnold, has pretty much been in a 'no win' situation. Make it sound too much like Barry and you're not doing anything original, stray too far from Barry's style and you're not staying true to the musical heritage. My view - one I know won't be shared with everybody - is that the music should sound as close to John Barry as possible; the sound of Bond is as much part of the Bond formula as the pre-title sequence, the exotic locations and the fabulous sets.

So now we have Thomas Newman's score to 'Skyfall'. Firstly, the score DOES work in the context of the movie, in the sense that having seen the film, the score doesn't sound intrusive or out-of-place in the way Eric Serra's music from 'GoldenEye' was. Listening to this album, there are some tracks, invariably those from the Shanghai section of the movie, that are moody and atmospheric. Newman's theme for Severine is also really very Barryesque.

Unfortunately, Newman doesn't bring anything new to the table as regards his approach to the action music, which is pretty similar to David Arnold's method in my view. This is where John Barry tended to excel; just a quick look back at the soundtracks of his Bond scores and one can see track after track where Barry would write melodic and memorable action music: 'A Drop In The Ocean' from 'You Only Live Twice' and 'He's Dangerous' from 'A View To A Kill' are just two (of many) examples. Barry's approach was, in my opinion, much more thematic: one would hear themes repeated and built up over the course of the movie, so that they became memorable.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By KEV CARTER on 12 Oct. 2013
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It doesn't have the theme song on it, it doesn't really flow like a John Barry theme, it doesn't seem to tie together and sounds like a lot of different pieces put together with nothing in common, I do like some of Thomas Newman themes but this is not one of them.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By cathw on 20 Mar. 2013
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Strangely this music was not nearly so effective when played apart from the film itself. It was all much of a muchness.
As a backing for the film however, it was very effective.
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25 of 29 people found the following review helpful By testedonpencils on 3 Nov. 2012
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I really enjoyed this score. It reflects shades of classic bond, but with a muscular modern quality. It embraces electronic elements while remaining organic, and draws deeply on classical music, more perhaps than I think previous Bond scores did.

Thomas Newman brings a mix of ambient, classical and eastern influences to the Skyfall soundtrack. Some of his string and horn arrangement are as lush as Barry's but his have a distinctive melancholy. His electronica is spare and ambient and he builds his tracks around guitar, filtered synths, delays and a low rapidly pulsing synthesised bass. At some points he is purely classical such as the lush melancholy string and harp arrangement on Severine. On tracks like Adrenaline and Grand Bazaar, Instanbul, an eastern sound makes itself heard. But all the way through the score there is a sense of tension and menace, with overtones that alternate between triumphant and melancholy.

The traditional leitmotif that usually accompanies a bond film has been truncated here. Newman cleverly references the original theme with stabs of trumpet, or snatches of flute and strings, usually only for a phrase before returning to his original composition. These references occur when Bond is doing something particularly resourceful, such as using a JCB to hold a speeding train together or when Bond's Aston Martin makes it's appearance. They build in intensity throughout the piece, at first just a few phrases or a gentle rendition on a flute or synth, building finally to a full orchestral blast on She's Mine. But even then the cue never leans to heavily on what has gone before. Newman chooses to use tonality and instrument choice to recall previous bond scores rather than simply reworking the themes.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Turbinecol on 18 Dec. 2013
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I am giving this score a solid 3 stars.

It isn't as weak as some reviews have made out, nor is it breaking any new ground at all. For me, it is just a bit too generic in places. I don't think the lack of the Bond theme is an issue - some of Arnold's better work didn't need it, and we don't necessarily need it here either. But somehow the whole soundscape is just lacking a little sparkle.

It is suitably moody and atmospheric in the right places, so it doesn't jar with what is going on in a rather darker Bond film at times. Tennyson was getting a bit too melodramatic for my liking though. I suspect we will have more of the same for Bond24, since Newman is sure to be back if Mendes is directing again.
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By Bats on 2 Mar. 2015
Format: Audio CD
What a con! I should have read all the reviews before buying this. No theme song on a movie soundtrack cd! The first time I have come across such an OST. Shame on whoever produced this. I love original music and their quality and will pay for good songs. You are a disgrace not putting this on the cover. Small print on the back do not count! I will not buy anymore Bond OSTs.
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