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6 years and well worth the wait
on 25 November 2011
After 6 years I had almost given up hope of another Bond album but this is well worth the wait.
Fans of their previous releases will know what to expect but as well as their familiar Bond sound and eclectic mix of music styles Bond have moved with the times and they've pushed out in new directions with dance beats and prominent vocals.
Previews of all the tracks can be heard [...]
1 Diablo- the lead track is new territory for Bond with a garage style beat, rapping and a nice vocal by Eos. This is a strong and catchy opener.
2 Jai Ho - an energetic Bollywood style track which is an instrumental version of the Slumdog Millionaire theme.
3 Elysium - A dancey track with nice vocals by Eos and Elspeth.
4 Pump it - An energetic cover of the Black Eyed Peas track. Very cool.
5 Beatroot - A russian style track by Gay-Yee. Evocative of 'Korobushka' and 'Hungarian'.
6 Last time - A lovely instrumental of Bittersweet symphony by The Verve. The only downside being that as it was originally a song it feels abit like a backing track.
7 &8 Summer and Winter - Remixes of Vivaldi's 4 seasons. These were comissioned by Peugeot for an advertising campaign. Winter has been remixed again with heavier beat. Phenomenal.
9 Apasionada - In my opinion the only 'so-so' track on the album. A spanishy track which is fine but not very memorable.
10 West with the night - My fave track, a dance track written by Eos is really epic.It sounds like it should be in a James Bond film!
11 The road to Samarkand - This Morrocan flavoured piece is a classic Bond-style track co-written by the band. Typical of their previous world music inspired tracks - by no means a bad thing! Had my toes tapping :-D
12 Victory 10 - a remix of Victory from their first album 'Born'. Its fine but unnecessary it marks the 10 yr anniversary of the band forming but adds nothing to the original.
13 Diablo (Bond vs Young Offenders)- This is a different version of the opening track with rapping all the way through. OK but the strings and Eos' vocals are pushed into the background.
14 Bond goes Gaga- This is abonus track on my Japanese copy but I don't know if it'll be on the UK release. This is a fun medley of Lady Gaga songs: Born this way, Pokerface, Bad Romance and Judas. Catchy, cheesy but ultimatley depends on how you feel about Lady Gaga!
Overall I think its a strong, fresh offering from Bond. In their abscence no other crossover group has managed to fill their highheels (including Escala). Based on this release I hope they're back to stay.