Well, with a certain film…ahem…opening today, thought this a good time to look back at one of those recent Bond songs. Only helps that the singer Adele Laurie Blue Adkins, aka Adele, has done it again. Her pre-album release single “Hello” is capturing my heart and mind at the moment. As my good friend, Richard Kirkham, highlighted it in the final post yesterday for his Double O Countdown series, under the heading of:
Adele gives Shirley Bassey a run for her money.
“The title song is lush, mysterious and romantic. It kicks in with a chorus that is dramatic and brings the intensity level up very effectively. That it is played over some spectacular title images adds to it’s luster.”
So very true. Has it really been three years since “Skyfall” debuted? Time sure flies. Seems like James Christopher Monger agreed with both of us in his Allmusic review from awhile back:
“Speculation as to whether or not Adele would be providing the 23rd James Bond installment with its signature theme song began in 2011 after she mentioned a “special project” in an interview with BBC One chat show host Jonathan Ross. Co-written with producer Paul Epworth and swaddled in appropriately lush orchestration by composer J.A.C. Redford (Thomas Newman was responsible for the film’s score), “Skyfall” didn’t disappoint, skillfully marrying the brooding cinematic bombast of previous Bond outings to the soulful English singer/songwriter’s stylish retro-croon, resulting in one of the most satisfying slabs of 007 goodness since Shirley Bassey‘s “Goldfinger.””
I’m holding back judgment for Sam Smith’s Writing’s on the Wall till after seeing SPECTRE and how well the song works within the film. Still, it was bound to suffer some compared to Adele’s stellar work with this. “Skyfall” an immediate throwback to the grand theatrical musical interludes that marked the early Bond films, and certainly within this artist’s wheelhouse. Right in tune at meeting chart expectations out the gate, and then exceeding them, too.
That said, sit back once more and enjoy the glory of a song that plays wonderfully on the big screen, or with your eyes closed and your headphones on…in other words, a tune working on all cylinders, preferably those pumping in an Aston Martin DB5, to be sure.