Rolling Stone - 12/12/02, p.93
"...Everything you'd want in a Bond score: tension, exoticism, strings, gadgetry..."
This is an Enhanced CD, which contains both regular audio tracks and multimedia computer files as well as the video from Madonna, "Die Another Day."
Original score composed by David Arnold.
Producers: Madonna, Mirwais Ahmadzai, Paul Oakenfold, David Arnold.
"Die Another Day" was nominated for the 2004 Grammy Award for Best Dance Recording.
Personnel: David Arnold (programming); Natacha Atlas (vocals); John Barclay (trumpet); Richard Edwards (trombone); David Hartley (piano); Peter Lockett (percussion); Ian Green, Rob Playford, Stephen Hilton (programming).
Audio Mixers: Geoff Foster ; Mark "Spike" Stent.
Audio Remixers: Ian Green; Paul Oakenfold.
Recording information: AIR Studios.
Editor: Dina Eaton.
Though most shoppers will probably buy the DIE ANOTHER DAY soundtrack solely for the Madonna-sung title track, they'll also find, in addition to the usual orchestral movie cues, several thoroughly modernized, dance music-based updates of James Bond music. Most exciting is the "Bond vs. Oakenfold" remix of the classic Bond theme by DJ extraordinaire Paul Oakenfold. A complete re-conceptualization of a piece so thoroughly part of the public consciousness is exceedingly difficult, but Oakenfold manages to successfully drag Bond out on the dance floor while retaining all of the urbane suaveness (and twangy surf guitar) that made the secret agent an icon. Composer David Arnold follows Oakenfold's lead, often scoring his orchestra to super-hip jungle, drum-and-bass, and house beats. Fans of the film will enjoy the Enhanced CD features, which include Madonna and Paul Oakenfold videos, a Bond poster display and a "Women of Bond" gallery.