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Another Way To Die

Another Way To Die

September 23, 2008

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  • Original Release Date: September 12, 2008
  • Release Date: September 12, 2008
  • Label: J Records
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  • Total Length: 4:22
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  • ASIN: B001GNKM58
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (30 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #24,264 Paid in Albums (See Top 100 Paid in Albums)

Customer Reviews

Wow, this song is really bad.
mistajericho
A pastiched cliche of every former Bond theme that simply doesn't take off when it should and ultimately winds up going nowhere.
Saturnyne
Not to mention the fact that Alicia Keys, no matter how good she is, is not a good choice to perform a Bond theme.
Mr. Movie Dictionary Kid

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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Nse Ette TOP 1000 REVIEWER on October 1, 2008
Format: MP3 Music
"Another way to die" is exactly as I would imagine Jack White and Alicia Keys doing a Bond theme song; Keyboards and horns subtly spelling out the theme, White's buzzing guitars, loads of ominous stretches of music, and the two doing vocal battle.

There were rumours Alicia was going to be working with Jack White on her last CD "As I am" but alas, it turned out not to be. With their chemistry this potent, hopefully they will work together some more in the future.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Paul D on April 10, 2009
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Sorry 1960's fans Gold finger was a great song for it's time, but it's never coming back. I applaude the vision to keep moving foward.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By John English on November 4, 2008
Format: Vinyl Verified Purchase
Another Way to Die is the type of song that grows on you. I love having it on vinyl. The record is both a fun way to deliver the sound and fitting with Bond's high-class, sixties style. The actual record is translucent, and it is the pale-burnt-orange color used throughout Quantum of Solace's marketing campaign. It really looks nice sitting on the turntable. I have had a lot of fun setting the needle and grabbing the guitar to play along with this one...
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10 of 16 people found the following review helpful By mistajericho on November 6, 2008
Format: Audio CD
Wow, this song is really bad. There is no melody, the voices don't harmonize, guitar sound and piano sound don't go together well and the guitar solo is a joke. I can not believe that this is an official bond theme. "You know my name" was superb, but "another way to die" just falls flat. 0/5 stars!!!
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2 of 4 people found the following review helpful By The Americano on November 6, 2008
Format: Vinyl
Imagine the pressure of being commissioned to compose the theme song for a new James Bond movie. Expectations are enormous and for good reason: Monty Norman's iconic original theme for Dr. No with Vic Flick on guitar, John Barry's Goldfinger featuring Shirley Bassey's knockout performance, Paul McCartney's reflective ballad to explosive show stopper Live and Let Die, Marvin Hamlisch and Carole Bayer Sager's gorgeous Nobody Does it Better are giant pillars amongst the Bond theme songs. The best you could possibly hope for is fifth place!

Like many of Jack White's compositions, Another Way to Die is heavily influenced by the guitar riffs of Jimmy Page (in this case he borrows hooks from Whole Lotta Love, ironically, a song lifted from Willie Dixon's You Need Love). Based on a simplistic B-G-E progression, Another Way to Die has the required components: staccato horns, strings and hints of Barry's past Bond themes. If those elements were removed, it's a White Stripes song. Personally, I'd like to hear a version of the song with only Alicia Keys on vocals. (Note: Keys does not play the piano on this. It's Nashville chartreuse Laura Matula adding the singular notes that punctuate White's creeping lyrics like a ticking bomb).

On this 7" vinyl version, there's little depth to the sound, which is what you might expect from a record. It's as if it was recorded analog (liner notes claim reel-to-reel), then converted to digital, compressed and then compressed again to sound like an mp3. It's par for today's fill-the spectrum-to-the-limit production standard, but what's the point of releasing it on vinyl if you don't take advantage of the medium's sonic potential? The flip side features an instrumental version of the tune, not included on the album's soundtrack.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By T. On on December 28, 2008
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this is such a great james bond theme. everything about it is top notch, and not a disappointment in the slightest. phenomenal musicianship all around. the drums especially. its exactly what a james bond theme song should be!
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7 of 12 people found the following review helpful By John D. Pride on September 30, 2008
Format: Vinyl
What a drag this is! I like both Alicia Keys and Jack White, but this thing fails abysmally on so many levels that it's hard to know where to begin. It's all faux attitude with nothing to back it up. White and Keys sing off-key and "harmonize" even more off-key (and off-tempo)on a song idea that never realizes it's potential. Just when your ready for the chorus to explode after a decent build up, it all flat-lines into nothing. This might have been a fun goof at a Hollywood party, but this track doesn't even measure up to the contestants who entered songs to "soundtrack" Sebastion Faulks' Bond book, "Devil May Care". After a promising return to form with "You KNow My Name", this turd sullies the punchbowl of the Bond theme pantheon. Too bad, it could have been pretty good if anyone had taken the time to actually listen to what's here and re-write and re-record it.
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2 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Cricket TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on September 28, 2008
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Between Alicia Keys amazing voice and Jack Whites recognizable sound, this song was an easy choice for me to pick up. It's definitely not their best work, but it is an unusual match up and it grows on me a little more each time I listen to it. Knowing that this was recorded for the next Bond movie I think it was done as well as can be expected.
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