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Adele’s “Skyfall”: A Worthy Addition to the James Bond Musical Canon?

Adele’s “Skyfall”: A Worthy Addition to the James Bond Musical Canon?

Film, Music

Adele’s new James Bond theme Skyfall was released today.  I’m completely in a James Bond frame of mind, having just seen Dr. No and Goldfinger projected at the Landmark Loew’s Jersey City movie palace on Friday which was a great night at the movies, to be sure.

After a few listens I can say that I like the song—God knows pop radio is starved for melody and a bit of big, dramatic, orchestral hoo ha (and this 70-piece orchestra certainly creates an enormous sound)—and I adore Adele, but does anyone else find the mix a bit muddy with the vocal too far back?  What do you think?  In any event, when was the last time there was a big hit song with a full orchestral arrangement?  Kinda sad, no?

 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2jhMInjtzqg

3 Comments

  1. Marsha Malamet
    October 6, 2012 at 5:46 am
    Reply

    David, I couldn’t agree with you more. You have great ears!
    xx

  2. Lynne
    February 5, 2013 at 4:07 am
    Reply

    Many of the Bond themes have garnered a lofty status over the year, Gold Finger, for instance, sang by the fabulous Shirley Bassey & Licence To Kill (Gladys Knight). Even ‘Die Another Day’ by Madonna (although slated by Elton John) grew on me. However, Skyfall stands out as of the best for me. Lush orchestration and great delivery by Adele. It is a ‘typical’ Bond theme and I, for one, look forward to her performance on this years Oscars. It’s sure to be great, as long as she doesn’t have to follow Barbra, that will be tough 😉

    • David Munk
      February 5, 2013 at 3:31 pm

      Hi Lynne! Thanks for reading and sharing your thoughts – as always! David

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