Album Details

November 25, 1997
Pop/Rock, Soundtracks, Film Music, Contemporary Pop/Rock, Adult Alternative Pop/Rock, American Trad Rock, Alternative/Indie Rock, Contemporary Singer/Songwriter

Album Review

The soundtrack to Tomorrow Never Dies, the second James Bond film starring Pierce Brosnan, is strengthened by David Arnold's remarkable score. Arnold keeps the swinging, brass- and string-saturated John Barry foundation intact, but he updates the sound with aggressive arrangements, innovative compositions and the occasional techno flourish, all of which makes the music more effective. He also collaborates with k.d. lang on the delirious "Surrender," which is dripping with affectionate kitsch and genuine style. Which, of course, is much more than could be said for Sheryl Crow's plodding, clueless title song, which is one of the worst in Bond history. (The producers were simply not thinking when they rejected Pulp's proposed theme song -- released on the Help the Aged single as "Tomorrow Never Lies" -- which fits Arnold's score and the Bond mystique much, much better than Crow's attempt.) Still, the weak theme song does little to distract from one of the best Bond scores in recent memory.
Stephen Thomas Erlewine, Rovi

Track Listing

  1. Tomorrow Never Dies
  2. White Knight
  3. The Sinking of the Devonshire
  4. Company Car
  5. Station Break
  6. Paris and Bond
  7. The Last Goodbye
  8. Hamburg Break In
  9. Hamburg Break Out
  10. Doctor Kaufman
  11. *-3-* Send
  12. Underwater Discovery
  13. Backseat Driver
  14. Surrender
  15. James Bond Theme