Soundtrack Review: SKYFALL (Thomas Newman)

skyfallcdMusic composed by Thomas Newman
Label: Sony Classics
Catalog: 88765410402
Release Date: November 6, 2012
Rating: ****

Since it was the franchise’s 50th anniversary, Skyfall had a tremendous responsibility to show what the Bond films are made of essentially, and it turned out to be some sort of ode to the British Empire in the end. Allusions to the Hong Kong colony, setting the main action ground in London and going deeper into the story to show that contrary to what many believe, James Bond birth country is Scotland were the primary devices to pay homage to the MI-6 spy British origins.

The main clash point of the film is the right point of leaving the scenery, meaning the right time to retire. The young x the experienced is also there, especially on the Quartermaster scenery at the National Gallery where Q and Bond “collide” with their differences regarding human intelligence and more electronic types of intelligence gathering. There are also loads of nuisance times for Bond when he is requested to perform tests to prove he is still good as he ever was, and furthermore confronting his past dark secrets.

Contrasting with the aforementioned, a British composer leaves and an American composer walks in bringing loads of expertise and a fresh pair of eyes/ears. One thing Thomas Newman must be praised for is knowing how to layer his pieces since Skyfall has many underlying themes that convolute around doubts and secrets, he knew how to keep the surface as something and deep down something different going on and that comes from a David Arnold fan, who completely enjoyed his previous works on the franchise, especially Casino Royale.

Thomas Newman is different from Hans Zimmer, who tends to employ more bulky sort of tracks whilst Mr Newman tells the story in so many layers so you get the specifics and subtleties bit by bit. Newman scattered the leitmotifs around and particularly on “Komodo Dragon” intertwined (interpolated) them, Adele’s “Skyfall” and the 007 classical leitmotif, recognisable even by a 6-year old. Polyrhythm is also a very well artifice employed by the Los Angeles-born composer, sending a message of fight and fleeting at times.

Skyfall‘s score works with the film, and detached from it proves to be an exciting and thrilling composing work that will make you feel like listening it over and over again. The question is: Who to hire for the next project? That of course lies on the director, perhaps a joint venture between Arnold and Newman, it sounds exquisitely amusing to say the least.

Track Listing:

1. Grand Bazaar, Istanbul
2. Voluntary Retirement
3. New Digs
4. Severine
5. Brave New World
6. Shanghai Drive
7. Jellyfish
8. Silhouette
9. Modigliani
10. Day Wasted
11. Quartermaster
12. Someone Usually Dies
13. Komodo Dragon
14. The Bloody Shot
15. Enjoying Death
16. The Chimera
17. Close Shave
18. Health And Safety
19. Granborough Road
20. Tennyson
21. Enquiry
22. Breadcrumbs
23. Skyfall
24. Kill Them First
25. Welcome To Scotland
26. She’s Mine
27. The Moors
28. Deep Water
29. Mother
30. Adrenaline

Total Time
: 77:00

Atila Almeida


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