David Arnold is the man on this one. After the GoldenEye score came out, many were wondering what happened to the classic Bond styling. Well, it's back, with a twist
Sheryl Crow's theme is definately different for a Bond theme (not necessarily bad), but it actually makes no appearance in the score itself. The song "Surrender" by k.d. Lang acts as the theme for the score in numerous occasions, which is fitting becasue the song itself is much like one of Shirley Bassey's themes. One thing that Arnold did especially well is to bring back the Bond theme. Remember hearing it in GoldenEye? No, you don't. It wasn't there at all, except for the trailor (whcih was by Parodi Fair, but that's another cd)
The twist is the added techno styling to good ol' Bond intruments. Arnold did a great job in keeping stuff up to date, and Moby added to it with the Bond remix at the end of the CD. Great, great stuff.
This CD, however, only has half of the score. If you want the whole score (editor's cut, as it is referrred to), you need the one that just says soundtrack. It's more expensive, and lacks Sheryl Crow, k.d Lang, and Moby's Remix. But it has some key tracks, like the ones at the climax of the movie. If you really are a Bond music fan, buy both.
*Interestingly enough, there is still some music missing, like the music heard at the cocktail party for the Carver Media Group. But it's stil good.