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Another Way to Die

September 23, 2008 | Format: MP3

$1.29
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"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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Format: Vinyl
Don't get me wrong, I wouldn't want this kind of song as the new Bond title song tradition! But as a one-off, its minimalism works fantastic! Moreover, it's deliberately silly, thus hopefully adding a slice of unforgivable silliness to a not so silly film - just like a Bond film should be!
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Format: Vinyl Verified Purchase
I am a huge fan of Jack White (and james bond) but this still isn't a great song... I bought the Gold vinyl version and its really cool to have! I still wouldn't say the song is horrible (at all) but compared to the rest of Jack White's work its not the greatest. I am not a fan of Alicia Keys and I must say this definitely didnt change my mind! Especially because you know that Jack White can do everything she can do (instrumentally and vocally), which i just find very comical for some reason... I would still recommend buying this though!
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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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Another Way to Die is an excellent Bond theme. It has both slow moments that are common in most Bond themes and a bombastic chorus for those who like a little more "umph" in their music. One of my favorite Bond themes since Goldeneye.
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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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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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Great sound track for the James Bond movie, Quantum of Solace
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