"Another Way to Die" (CD single)

Music review by
Jessica Dawson, Common Sense Media
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Quantum of Solace theme song falls flat.

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Positive Messages

The movie the song is connected to is about a professional agent/killer; song talks about not trusting anyone because they could be your "way to die."

Violence

The single is the theme song for a James Bond movie that's sure to be full of violence. Lyrics include: "I know the player with the slick trigger finger" and "Another tricky little gun/giving solace to the one."

Sex
Language
Consumerism

Tied to the James Bond movie Quantum of Solace and its soundtrack.

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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."

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Teen, 13 years old Written bysara4ever95 February 16, 2009

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 ...

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