LISTEN: Adele Shakes And Stirs New James Bond Theme, “Skyfall”

Adele is capping a  year of trophy snatching, record-breaking, Vogue-covering, and baby-making with “Skyfall,” the theme to the latest James Bond flick of the same name.

Drenched in the 23-year old singer’s trademark beautiful melancholy, the song was written by Adele and frequent collaborator Paul Epworth.

The track’s currently sitting pretty at number 2 on iTunes, but if you want to give it a boost and give a  boot that Taylor Swift, you can purchase it here.

Meanwhile, with the way things have been going for the mom-to-be, Adele might have to make some room on her trophy mantle come Oscar time.

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  • sfbeast

    i like it, for a movie credits song. and it has that great shirley bassey reminiscent sound to it

  • longpastdue

    Definitely reminiscent of the classic bond themes and Adele with her par usual superb vocals.

  • Alan down in Florida

    Brava – it’s a power ballad and no one has the kind of vocal power these days as Adele,

    Radio should eat it up. It will no doubt become a classic James Bond theme song.

  • yaoming

    Were we listening to the same song? I thought it was pretty weak. Definitely not a Goldfinger, Diamonds, or even Moonraker, if you want to compare her to Shirley Bassey.

  • Kevin B

    Adele’s voice is, as always, beautiful. Precise and controlled throughout, powerful but not overblown, with immaculate attention to dynamics which you don’t really see anymore. And of course her tone is smokey and luscious and just everything good ever. That said, the song itself seems a little TOO reminiscent of old school Bond themes. Felt a little paint-by-number to me. From the opening brass to the cliched string arrangement it sounded like what a hack composer would do if told to make something for a spy movie on a short deadline. And the lyrics, just ugh. Seems like they were chosen almost entirely to keep to the rhyme scheme and meter. I get it, it’s a Bond song, I’m not expecting anything deep lyrically, but I at least want the various phrases to have some connection to one another rather than just random words that happen to end in the same syllable. I feel like Adele and her co-writer might not have been given much information about the movie other than the title so they just had to keep things vague and general. Still, Adele’s vocals make up for a lot of sins and it does end up a decent song altogether.

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