FIRST LISTEN: SAM SMITH’S SPECTRE THEME

Ever since we received confirmation that Sam Smith would be lending his vocal stylings to the next Bond song, speculation has been rife as to exactly what form and genre it may take. Well, we finally have our answer, with the release of the theme song from the much anticipated Spectre, titled Writing’s on the Wall. Load up your Spotify account and wrap your ears around this soon to be chart topper…

What’s clear from the opening few bars is that they’ve gone for a traditional Bond-sound on the recording, with brass and strings featuring prominently throughout. Much like the previous Skyfall theme from Adele in 2012, it’s the kind of piece that seems to do the job upon first listen, but doesn’t really linger for long afterwards.

spectre1208141280jpg-398894_1280wSmith has done a perfectly satisfactory job, and yet…a part of me still wishes the producers had gone with a more wildcard choice. My personal favourite Bond theme is Live and Let Die by Paul McCartney, and what made that song so great is how it took on the qualities of the film it was referencing. When bands like MUSE pay homage to the spy genre with songs like Supremacy and it turns out to be better than the real thing, the studio really should sit up and take notice. Maybe it’s time they took a few more risks with the artists they choose.

After all, it couldn’t get any worse than Madonna’s effort…could it?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BfvD_brrrTc

SPECTRE opens in Australia November 12th

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