Die Another Day [Music from the Motion Picture]

Die Another Day [Music from the Motion Picture]

by David Arnold
     
 

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With the release of Die Another Day, James Bond celebrates 40 years on the silver screen -- but his films have never sounded fresher. Each Bond film brings a satisfyingly predictable set of treats: a dashing 007, a dangerous female to pursue, a soundtrack bursting with spins on the soaring Bond theme, and an up-to-the-minute original song that sets the tone.…  See more details below

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With the release of Die Another Day, James Bond celebrates 40 years on the silver screen -- but his films have never sounded fresher. Each Bond film brings a satisfyingly predictable set of treats: a dashing 007, a dangerous female to pursue, a soundtrack bursting with spins on the soaring Bond theme, and an up-to-the-minute original song that sets the tone. With Pierce Brosnan returning as 007 and the luscious Halle Berry playing the beguiling Jinx, Die Another Day fits the bill with a score from David Arnold (Tomorrow Never Dies, the Bond tribute Shaken and Stirred) and a sexy single from Madonna. The titular electro-funk workout reconnects the Material Mom with Music man Mirwais, and the lithe single recalls fat beats of "Music," but with bits of orchestration spliced through the mix. Also on the dance tip is the Arnold-produced, Oakie-remixed "James Bond Theme (Bond vs. Oakenfold)," which smashes club beats against John Barry's resounding theme, carried by a bellowing string section. It's one of several tracks built upon the sturdy, hair-raising theme: "On the Beach" sets an ominous, edgy tone with waves of strings, bleating horn lines, and foreboding synths, and on the pulse-quickening "Hovercraft Chase," the horn and string sections race to the conclusion, neck-and-neck, tailed by a fierce electric guitar line and intensifying electronic beats. Arnold's all-original tracks juxtapose the same elements -- whooshing string sections, bellowing brass, kinetic beats -- to dramatic effect, occasionally aided by location-setting extras, such as the Afro-Cuban rhythms, hip-swiveling piano runs, and sunny brass on "Welcome to Cuba." The 12-minute opus "Antonov" is spiced up by a chiming vocal choir, skittering beats, and haunting vocals from North African/dance singer Natacha Atlas. The disc comes to a tranquil close with "Going Down Together," allowing us to imagine 007 getting, er, intimate with his latest dreamboat -- the final required element in any Bond flick.

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Editorial Reviews

Rolling Stone - Barry Walters
Composer David Arnold conjures everything you'd want in a Bond score: tension, exoticism, strings, gadgetry.

Product Details

Release Date:
11/12/2002
Label:
Warner Bros Mod Afw
UPC:
0093624834823
catalogNumber:
48348
Rank:
54186

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Tracks

  1. Die Another Day by Madonna
  2. Bond vs. Oakenfold (Paul Oakenfold Remix)
  3. Gun Barrel/On The Beach
  4. How Do You Intend To Kill Me Now, Mr. Bond?
  5. Hovercraft Chase
  6. Kiss Of Life
  7. Peaceful Fountains Of Desire
  8. Welcome To Cuba
  9. Jinx Jordan
  10. Wheelchair Access
  11. Jinx And James

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

David Arnold   Primary Artist
Nicholas Dodd   Conductor
Natacha Atlas   Vocals
John Barclay   Trumpet,Soloist
Madonna   Vocals
Richard Edwards   Trombone,Soloist
David Hartley   Piano,Soloist
Peter Lockett   Percussion

Technical Credits

Ian Green   Programming,Remixing
Kerry Livgren   Composer
Steve Walsh   Composer
Nicholas Dodd   Orchestration
Paul Oakenfold   Remixing
David Arnold   Programming,Producer,Score Producer
Madonna   Composer,Producer
Michel Colombier   Composer,String Arrangements
Mark "Spike" Stent   Engineer
Geoff Foster   Engineer,Engineering
Rob Playford   Programming
Anita Camarata   Executive Producer
Stephen Hilton   Programming
Mirwais   Producer
Mirwais Ahmadzaï   Composer,Producer
Caresse Henry   Executive Producer

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