The song is simply titled “Skyfall,” but don’t let its mere obviousness fool you. After months of speculation, the new theme song for Bond’s next adventure, Skyfall, hit the net today.
Featuring the lucid yet smokey vocals of pop-singer Adele, the track combines the classic with the modern. It’s crazy to think the eight-time Grammy Award winner had doubts about recording the song with composer Thomas Newman. But Adele overcame the pressure, stepped into the studio, and gave it her all. The result? A smooth, beautiful, and quite lyrical tune that bleeds passion.
Adele had this to say in a recent interview:
‘’I was a little hesitant at first to be involved with the theme song for Skyfall. There’s a lot of instant spotlight and pressure when it comes to a Bond song. But I fell in love with the script and Paul had some great ideas for the track and it ended up being a bit of a no-brainer to do it in the end. It was also a lot of fun writing to a brief, something I’ve never done which made it exciting. When we recorded the strings, it was one of the proudest moments of my life. I’ll be back combing my hair when I’m 60 telling people I was a Bond girl back in the day, I’m sure!’ Recorded at Abbey Road Studios in London, Skyfall features the lush accompaniment of a 77-piece orchestra.”
Yes, Newman pulled together a 77-piece orchestra. The track comes in at a lengthy 4:49 minutes, but it’s nearly five minutes of glory. The instrumentals build on the piano’s lead. After the first verse, leading into the chorus, the brass comes in adding that Bond sound we’ve come to know and love. Newman takes no time defining the track’s origin as the crescendoing brass kicks off the song in a very Bond-esque style.
“Skyfall” aired on an international radio station earlier today, and now you can listen to the track in full below. This is a song that both Bond and Adele fans alike can enjoy. This first listen has me excited for what’s to come on the soundtrack as Newman has appeared to root the track in the days of GoldenEye.
Do you guys like the song? Let us know your thoughts by posting a comment below. In the meantime, get ready to bash that repeat button. The track is also available on iTunes for purchase.
Starring Daniel Craig, Javier Bardem, Bérénice Marlohe, Naomie Harris, Ralph Fiennes, Judie Dench, Ben Whishaw, Ola Rapace, Helen McCrory, Tonia Sotiropoulou, and Albert Finney, Skyfall slams into theaters November 9th.
Listen to “Skyfall” by Adele in Full