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Is it? Really? Maybe I'm wrong, but my ears are not really hearing a massive evolution from Skyfall's score here! I'm not saying good or bad at this stage, but...
Bond has lost Hinx in the chase, and takes a few seconds to calm Swann down with a quip. Nice.
And conversely those that don't like Newman or his SF stuff are most likely just not going to like his style for SP either. In the bigger picture, he has little reason to change. Love it or hate it, SF was huge and its soundtrack sold better (even without Adele's song) than any since TLD, iirc. The film and the score has many younger fans that were introduced to Bond thru that film. So retaining that approach is inevitable. And commercially smart.
To me Newman is extremely consistent and though his style has evolved over the years, he still retains what many love about his music. This sounds awesome to me, but it is very much what I expected. So no shock or surprise. But different in spots as well. Which is cool.
I honestly can't see why it would be that surprising that it DOES sound similar - not talking about reusing the music directly from SF. I agree with the poster who likened that part as kind of Newman's own internal Bond music he can carry thru from one film to the next.
I would guess the rest of the score is going to be completely Newman-esque and similar to SF even with the larger orchestra and budget. But also hopefully unique in a few spot. Perhaps Mexico?
So if you are hoping for something different, I would say you will be disappointed. If you like these tracks you'll probably love it. Sounds redundant to say, but that is mostly how our reactions will fall. But who knows, maybe a few who were not big fans of the SF soundtrack might just like what they hear this time around.
There will never be another Barry, we all agree on that, but Newman is one heck of a composer in my book.
It makes sense since one of the trailers or the tv spots
After three years of listening to the SF, it surprised me to hear a distinctive cue replicated in SP. I was expecting something fresh and new. It started relatively generically, but when the choir kicked in my expectation shot up. When Grand Bazaar was then played out in full my heart sank. TDK trilogy cues are all there for a very specific emotive or narrative reason. Hopefully it's inclusion in this track serves a similar purpose, in which case I can warm to it.
The other reason I am underwhelmed is because...
I can remember the theme from Indiana Jones, and I've only watched the movies max twice. I can remember Wint and Kidd's theme. Gumbold's safe. Peter Frank's elevator fight.
Cannot for the life of me remember Severine's theme (or Q's theme for skyfall as someone mentioned, if there was such a thing??)
One thing people tend to forget how the Craig films are all one story instead of just loosely connected stories like the pre-Craig ones. Given we've got the same composer, and that at a most basic level this is a Skyfall sequel, reusing/remixing certain cues/scenes/character motifs for particular scenes makes sense.
Horses for courses.
I'm excited to hear the rest of the score and the new themes Newman introduces. The "end title" suite definitely intrigues me as it hints that the credits may not kick off with the Arnold Bond theme as with CR-SF.
There are lots of intriguing track titles, which have whetted my appetite.
What makes music by John Williams stand out is that his iconic themes are composed like songs with melodies you can hum to yourself. Newman isn't known for that. He's been more about conveying moods by sweeping strings and percussion through rhythms throughout his career. It's not music you can just casually hum to like the Indiana Jones theme. That doesn't make it a lesser score. I appreciate all forms of music and I think Newman is great at what he does. He won't make music that sound like songs, but he can certainly help drive a film. What I always appreciated about the music in the PTS for SF was that his music felt like it was driving the action towards somewhere. It's something that was lacking in Arnold's scores for me.
1. Los Muertos Vivos Estan (featuring Tambuco)
2. Vauxhall Bridge
3. The Eternal City
4. Donna Lucia
5. A Place Without Mercy
7. Crows Klinik
8. The Pale King
10. Kite In A Hurricane
11. Snow Plane
13. Secret Room
15. Writing's On The Wall (Instrumental)
16. Silver Wraith
17. A Reunion
18. Day Of The Dead (featuring Tambuco)
19. Tempus Fugit
20. Safe House
24. Westminster Bridge
25. Out Of Bullets
26. Spectre (End Title)
But does this mean theres no gun barrel at beginning ?????? no bond theme why
Now I like that.......should really go with the film when dialed up a few notches.
As for your final question,
It's roughly 50 seconds out of material from "Grand Bazaar", not the "entire track" which was five minutes. Let's not exaggerate.