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"Another Way to Die" (CD single)
A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this music.
What parents need to know
Parents need to know that this single performed by popular artists Jack White and Alicia Keys is the theme song of the James Bond movie Quantum of Solace -- which, like its predecessors, is sure to be filled with violence and professional killing. That said, while the song touches on these topics, there's nothing overtly graphic in its content; it just references not trusting anyone because they could be your "way to die."
What's the story?
For the first time in Bond-movie history, two musicians duet for the theme song. The song is ANOTHER WAY TO DIE, the movie is Quantum of Solace, and the musicians are Jack White and Alicia Keys -- who've now joined the ranks of legendary James Bond theme-ers like Shirley Bassey, Paul McCartney, and Tina Turner. White wrote and produced the song; he plays guitar and drums and shares vocal duty with Keys.
Is it any good?
You might think that pairing these two successful, passionate musicians would make for a sure thing. Think again. There's potential in this song, with slick lyrics like "Another dirty money heaven-sent honey, turning on a dime," but unfortunately it never quite takes off. With its obvious, almost cliched past Bond-theme standards like horns, bold piano, and strings, the overall sound falls flat.
White rocks it on guitar, but he and Keys sing in a dissonant harmony that doesn't quite fit, just confuses, and at times makes you wonder whether the notes are even right. But given the musicians' own reputations and legions of fans -- as well as the video's addition of the ultra-cool images of Daniel Craig as Bond -- this song might get a little solace after all.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about the inclusion of big-name musicians on a movie's soundtrack. Do the artists who appear on a soundtrack determine whether or not you'll buy the CD -- or see the movie? How does the early release of a soundtrack (or even just a single) contribute to the buzz surrounding a movie? Do you think it works?