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SONIC DEATH MONKEY Soundtrack Reviews - Quantum of Solace

Monkey, Sonic D Monkey
by Michael Collins

Back in Goldfinger in 1964, James Bond was told that he was expected to die. Well thatís precisely whatís not happened and as Chuck D is want to say, once again, back is the incredible the rhyme animal the incredible D, James BonD. I guess thatís what Chuck meant.

Chuck could also have meant D for David Arnold who is also once again back having penned the soundtrack to the last couple of Bond films including the previous leaner and meaner, Casino Royale. The previous one was my first Bond film that I felt satisfied with, so I have high hopes for Solace.

To the soundtrack and the music starts with a fit of full blown orchestral action music. Lots of banged and crashed percussion and loud horns going this way and that like a sleep walking cat thinking itís fighting a dog. Thatís my least favourite type of music to just sit and listen to.

Solace provides more action in the film and so the music must of course accompany this. So the taster of the opening tracks continues through out the soundtrack. There are some respites however.

The track, Greene and Camille, feels more restrained. There is a dark foreboding sense in this track and it continues in the beginning of following track, Pursuit At Port au Prince. As the title suggests though, the action themes again kick in. This one is a little different as it draws out the foreboding dread of whatever the hell is happening while this music is on. It also had that 60s style and classic Bond theme variation to the music to remind us that this is a Bond film. So this music is more like a black panther about to attack.

As we seamlessly move to the track, No Interest in Dominic Greene, things are getting very cool indeed. Thereís intrigue and more trepidation in the music. There has been a great mood set here that keeps on going in the soundtrack.

Whatís Keeping You Awake, starts beautifully with a piano led melody. Then those Bond style strings chime in and added to the mix is the dark foreboding styles again as they all come together to finish. Itís the best 103 seconds on the soundtrack.

Bolivian Taxi Ride, sounds exactly like itís title suggests with itís latin percussion, but it does cause me to pause and think that apart from this track there is not a strong sense of place in this soundtrack despite the country hopping that occurs in the film itself.

The full range of volume in the soundtrack is most welcome. From quiet strings to solo pianos to the loud action sequence music, this soundtrack gives your sound system a full work out. Makes me glad I blew all that cash on this new amp.

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