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Skyfall [Soundtrack]

Thomas Newman Audio CD
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  • Composer: Thomas Newman
  • Audio CD (29 Oct 2012)
  • SPARS Code: DDD
  • 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 (71 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 17,856 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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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CD By Thomas Newman =Soundtrack Of 2012'S 007 Movie=

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37 of 41 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars The lost art of film composing....... 29 Oct 2012
By Big Si
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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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24 of 27 people found the following review helpful
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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
5.0 out of 5 stars Incredible soundtrack 27 July 2013
By alison
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A fabulous mixture of moving and gripping music, depicting action, romance and tragedy. I found the 'Skyfall' track (the one used for the scene when Bond is driving through the Scottish countryside) particularly haunting.

This CD has to be the best purchase I've made in years and Thomas Newman has a tremendous talent. I do hope he's picked to score the next Bond soundtrack. Truly brilliant.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Skyfall LP 17 Mar 2013
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At this stage I have not seen the movie {am I alone in this?} but greatly enjoyed the album. I only buy Vinyl so it was great when this came out as an LP, great sound and much better than any CD can be.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Not Barry, not Arnold but still great 10 Jan 2013
By Anne
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I'll put my cards on the table now. When Newman was announced as composer for Skyfall I wasn't happy. I've been very satisfied with David Arnold's scores for Bond. All I knew of Newman was Wall-E which was good but not exactly what you want for Bond! So I and my husband went to see the film (twice) and the music worked really well with the film, great. But, does it work outside the film? We have all the Bond soundtracks and we play our favourite ones on a regular basis. I can honestly say we love the Skyfall soundtrack, and it joins the list of our most played Bond soundtracks. Newman's music takes more time to settle than the others but it's worth it.
Stand out tracks for us are Grand Bazaar, Chimera, Tennyson, She's Mine, The Moors, Quartermaster.
My husband has even bought it in vinyl so he can experience it in its raw uncompressed form. So, it may not be Barry (nothing can be) and it's not as bombastic as Arnold but it's a darned good Bond soundtrack !
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent
Bought this as a requested gift for a family member, they love it and I am taking a great liking to it myself.
Published 3 months ago by J. Patterson
3.0 out of 5 stars I have given this some time to settle in, and....
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. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Turbinecol
2.0 out of 5 stars Case completely cracked & irrepairable
Case completely cracked & irrepairable - had to swap it with another one of my CD cases. Do I get any sort of compensation?
Published 6 months ago by Shentza
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent
Wonderfully composed music by Thomas Newman.
Only downfall of the whole CD is that the songs aren't in order of them appearing in the film.
Published 6 months ago by C J Laing
3.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing
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... Read more
Published 6 months ago by KEV CARTER
4.0 out of 5 stars Why is everybody banging on about John Barry?
Why is everybody banging on about John Barry when it comes to a Bond soundtrack?

Okay, I get it; he did all the soundtracks from the classics in the 60s. Read more
Published 6 months ago by J. Seal
4.0 out of 5 stars A good solid first entry to the Bond series from Thomas Newman
The score for Skyfall is a long one, coming in at just under 80 minutes and boasting 30 tracks, which range from the minimalist and atmospheric to the action-packed. Read more
Published 9 months ago by tws45
5.0 out of 5 stars Best bond ever
Loved the film, in a year of Great Britian success this can definately be counted amongst them. A fab start to a film, Adele singing and bond as he should be. Read more
Published 9 months ago by Jools
5.0 out of 5 stars Love the film
Arrived promptly, well packed, what more is there to say.

Loved the film, especially as we've recently moved to the Highlands
Published 10 months ago by Linwe Seregon
5.0 out of 5 stars SKYFALL SOUNDTRACK
Published 10 months ago by G. H. Beare
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