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Where�s your creativity, Mr Bond?
on 29 November 1999
Although there are some enjoyable moments, I fear David Arnold proves in this album that he is only able to recycle previous material. It is possible to sing the 'Surrender' theme from TND over many of the tracks. 'Elecktra's Theme', which is nicely performed, is uncannily similar to 'Paris and Bond', the love theme from TND.
The album, which starts promisingly with many groovy original takes on the James Bond theme, is overall far too clichéd and becomes heavy and tedious at points when the music should be reaching an thrilling, invigorating climax. This was also proved when watching the film. Songs to note include the jazz 'Casio' number which is nicely composed and performed. 'Come in 007, Your Time Is Up', 'Access Denied', 'Body Double' and 'Welcome To Baku' are the other highlights of this album. The Garbage title track, although again not particularly inspired, is catchy enough - even if Shirley Manson sounds as if she's being sick over the microphone. The last song 'Only Myself to Blame' didn't even make it to the movie. After listening to the track it becomes obvious why: this singer has had his day if, indeed, he ever had a day. It is an embarrassment of a final track.
The previous Bond soundtrack was better simply because there was material on it written by other artists besides David Arnold. There is no question Arnold has brought Bond music alive again particularly with his 'Shaken and Stirred' album (doing what he does best - recycling material) but he is no substitute for John Barry and should not be given such free reign over the legendary 007 franchise.