Better than Arnold, but not memorable,
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This review is from: Skyfall (Audio CD)
It seems a lot has been written about this score already, so my comments will be brief.
Thoman Newman has one major advantage over David Arnold; he is actually a musician and not just a producer who dabbles in composing. This guy knows how to handle strings and turns up some lovely cues, especially "Tennyson" and "Skyfall" which are highly evocative. Even Newman's rendition of Arnold's James Bond Theme arrangement sounds somehow better and more competent than Arnold's version.
But... I couldn't agree more with another reviewer on here (Big Si), who says give it to Alexandre Desplat in future. Against all modern trends in film music, Desplat knows how to weave a strong theme and make you remember.
Newman's Skyfall score works very well in context, but you don't come out of the cinema humming the tune and that is crucial for anything that's going to be called "classic Bond".