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Anyway, I've banged on about it enough. Time to tidy the garage.
I agree with The Guardian about the melody completely. It doesn't grab you. It's not humm-able, it's not memorable. Key to a good song in the first place is a haunting melody...
Also, I think an edited version will be used for the titles. SF had a entire verse taken out, if you remember. I think the titles in SP will end at the the 3:25 mark. That's a natural point to fade in to the movie.
We are done with the angst driven nonsense post SP.
I'm willing to bet on it. This circus has run its course. It was fresh in 2006 but it's time for new beginnings. The writing's on the wall.
I have been reading comments all morning and the general feeling seems, underwhelmed to say the least. I don't know why this is, all I can say is two thumbs up from me!! \:D/
(That being said I love AWTD, which most fans hate so perhaps my taste in music should be called in for questioning.)
True. And I do feel it will stand on its own. Just might take a few more listens by people as it is vocally quite different from a typical pop song. That's what I appreciate about it. There are times of songs that I hated when I first heard them, then grew to really like them, but not by forcing myself, just naturally growing to dig the tune.
That's how I honestly feel this song will fair. But as we all know it's purely subjective and Smiths announcement as the title singer was met with just as much negativity, so all in all, I am not surprised by the reactions. I knew it would be polarizing. Not always a bad thing. Shows a bit of courage, imo.
The problem is that it is so much a part of Craig's Bond. If you are calling to completely change the tone of the films, I fear that's a silent vote to shove Daniel out the door. With that EON can recast and the new tone will be established from the ground up. It just wouldn't make sense otherwise.
I feel the basic melody (first 15 seconds) will allow Newman the ability to infuse SP with a great use of the theme throughout, as it seems perfectly suited for a Bond film. Whether he will or not remains to be seen.
To be fair I'm not sure i'm bothered about how well it does in the charts or with awards, just whether I like it or not :)
Listened to it a few more times, it's definitely growing on me, especially the vocals. The orchestral backing is phenomenal IMO, I'll say this. A much slower and more haunting take on the classic Bond/Barry sound.
I just think they've played this angst driven, girl losing, forlorn, cynical Bond to death. I love DC, but it's getting a little 'played out'. Hopefully SP the film is much more upbeat than this depressive song. He's meant to be her Majesty's best spy, not some love sick puppy. One go at it per actor is enough......DC seems to be getting two within the space of 3 films.
This sort of thing might be OK for X-Factor but this is BOND...shame on you EON for going with an artist based solely on sales rather than someone who can actually carry the emotional content of the movie you worked so hard to achieve.
Personally, I like what they've done with the DC Bonds, but take your point that they may have over done it. And to be fair when I saw M:I Rogue Nation I was actually wanting to see a more light-hearted Bond even though i prefer Bond when it's 'gritty' and like this.
- the way he says "my" when he asks "could you break my fall"
- the way he pronounces "glass" and "past"
- suffocating just does not fit or work where it is placed
If it helps, everything I know about SP is meant to return Bond a bit more back to the classical, less angst ridden Bond we've seen for the last 3 films. This song is actually, lyrically speaking, far more upbeatand less dark than Skyfall - which I still love by the way. As Craig himself said, SP is a celebration of everything Bond.
Let's remain optimistic. Everyone involved really seems to have put everything they have, and then some, into this film. I for one cannot wait. And I am not trying to be naive and see everything thru rose colored glasses. Just genuinely pumped. If I don't like it, no huge deal, there are still 23 other Bonds I can watch. That's Bond's biggest strength. Something for everyone. Maybe just not all from one film.
1. You Know My Name
2. Another Way to Die
4. The writings on the wall
To those who like it enjoy and I hope it was everything you were hoping for. As for me and my wife we heard it and laughed because we thought it was a joke then we cried when we realized it wasn't.
But for starters only this:
Please don't forget that this is the full version of the song.
Tina Turner's Goldeneye is over 4:48 minutes long in the full version and there's the 3:30 version with the exciting finale and high point at the end!!
I'm sure, Writing's On The Wall will be edited as well to fit the title sequence and it could very well totally change the pacing of the song as it is the case with Goldeneye!
It looks like its going to suit the film quite well.
'cause the writing's on the wall?