Tuesday, 6 July 2010

Tina Turner 'Goldeneye'

Chart Peak: 10

'Goldeneye', written by U2's Bono & The Edge, is the theme song from the new James Bond film... The single is due for release on 6th November and is Tina's first for 2 years.

Sometimes there are really subtle links between consecutive tracks on these albums. Sometimes they're not so subtle; yes, this is another song written by (some of) U2 for a film. And in this case, clearly written for the purpose since it has the film title in the lyric... well, unless Brian Eno had asked them to write a load of songs about ducks, which I suppose is not impossible.

It's actually a much more cinematic-sounding record than 'Hold Me, Thrill Me...' possibly thanks to the production of Nellee Hooper: he'd never done a film score before and he's only done one of them since but I suppose his work on stuff like Massive Attack had that sort of mood to it. It's not so clear what Bono and Edge's "Executive Producer" credit amounts to. Turner's no stranger to movie themes and she knows exactly how to pitch this for maximum effect, even if the lyrics don't totally make sense. I can't actually recall whether I've seen the film or not, because I only really remember James Bond films by the cars, but I don't know whether it'd help. Perhaps it didn't need to though, as this was a fairly successful relaunch of her career.

Incidentally, I think Tina's the most featured solo artist on this blog so far.

Also appearing on: Now 1, 4, 6, 16, 17, 18, 21, 25, 26, 34, 44
Available on: Tina!

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